Despite outshooting Northland Pines Monday night in Rhinelander, the Northern Edge girls hockey team could not find the back of the net in a 6-0 shutout loss.
It was the team’s first outing since a Dec. 19 loss to Hayward after all activities were shut down out of a precautionary quarantine. It was also the second loss to Pines this season, with the Eagles also winning Dec. 4 in Eagle River.
The game was scoreless after the first period of play, and despite the Edge holding a 14-3 advantage in shots on goal in the second, it was Pines who scored twice. Grace Wittkopf netted an unassisted goal at the 2:32 park and Cassidy Sternhagen converted a power play opportunity a the 10:30 mark.
The Northern Edge was aided in the frame by a five minute major penalty for a check from behind by Kasia Olszewska of Northland Pines, but failed to capitalize on the man advantage.
Northland Pines then broke things open in the third period with four goals to put things well out of reach. Wittkopf scored again at the 4:25 mark, with Mallory Schmidt, Olszewska and Madison Stebbeds also lighting the lamp for the Eagles. Stebbeds’ goal came with just two seconds left in regulation.
Wittkopf added an assist for a three-point night, while Emma Sima assisted on three of the Pines’ scores, earning her a playmaker.
In all, the teams combined for 29 penalty minutes, 23 coming from Pines. The Northern Edge put 26 shots on Eagles’ goalie Ashlynn Boxrucker, who stood tall for the shutout. Ellie Stank of Antigo made 19 saves in defeat.
Northland Pines moved back over the .500 mark at 6-5-2 on the season, while the Antigo-Rhinelander-Lakeland team fell to 3-5.
The Edge was scheduled to get right back on the ice Tuesday with a home game in Lakeland against Hayward.
Northland Pines 6,
Northern Edge 0
Monday, Jan. 11, 2021
Rhinelander Ice Arena
Northland Pines 0 2 4— 6
Northern Edge 0 0 0— 0
Northland Pines- Grace Wittkopf 2:32 EV
Northland Pines- Cassidy Sternhagen (Emma Sima) 10:38 PP
Northland Pines- Grace Wittkopf (Emma Sima, Madison Stebbeds) 4:25 EV
Northland Pines- Mallory Schmidt (Emma Sima) 9:56 EV
Northland Pines- Kasia Olszewska (Mallory Schmidt) 12:06 EV
Northland Pines- Madison Stebbeds (Grace Wittkopf) 16:58 EV
Northland Pines- Ashlynn Boxrucker W, 51 Mins, 26 shots, 26 saves (6,14,6) 100%
Northern Edge- Ellie Stank L, 51 Mins, 25 shots, 19 saves (7,1,11) 76%
Shots on goal-
Northland Pines- 25
Northern Edge- 26
Northland Pines- 23
Northern Edge- 6
Northland Pines- 1-3, 33%
Northern Edge- 0-5, 0%
Northland Pines- 6-5-2
Northern Edge- 3-5