Coming into an important contest Thursday night, the Wildfire hockey team was riding a wave of momentum from two big victories in the Schwan’s Cup. Having just defeated Tartan 8-2 and Irondale 6-2, the girls were slated to take on the Benilde-St. Margaret’s Red Knights, a perennial powerhouse and team that they’d never before defeated. But, things where about to change.
Freshman Caitlin Rock said, “Going into the game we knew it would be tough. The team had to come together and make a game plan. We knew what we had to do to win the game.”
The Wildfire jumped out to an early lead, as Lauren Hickey scored three minutes into the game on assists from Molly Garin and Ashlyn Rakos. BSM answered a few minutes later when Sally Calegnor netted to tie the game at one a piece.
The Wildfire came out roaring in the second period, scoring two goals in the first two minutes. Lauren Hickey added her second of the game, and Claire Rothstein extended the lead to 3-1. Benilde answered a minute later on a goal from Megan Cornell and then tied the game at 3 at the beginning of the third period.
The Wildfire bounced back ten minutes into the period when Sadie Long scored on assists from MacKenzie Lamp and Maddie Brandt. The girls held on to clinch a huge 4-3 victory over the Red Knights, extending their winning streak to 3 games.
The team then looked to extend that streak the next night against Litchfield at Waconia City Ice Arena. Going into the game, Molly Garin said, “Beating BSM was a pretty big deal and it is a good momentum swing for our season and for our game against Litchfield.”
The Fire did indeed carry that swing into the contest, rolling over the Dragons 7-0. Garin had another multiple goal game, scoring twice. Hickey also had a two goal night. Rock, Long and McEnelly all also added a goal. Jasmyn Neubert made 11 saves for a shutout.