Ash scores six goals
By Greg Seubert
It wasn’t a win.
On the other hand, it wasn’t a loss, either.
The Waupaca Area girls’ hockey team, playing its first game under new coach Dan Bauer, skated to a 7-7 tie Nov. 22 with Appleton United at the Waupaca Ice & Expo Center.
Markie Ash scored two of her game-high six goals in the first period to help give Waupaca Area a 3-1 lead at the first break, but United outscored the home team 5-2 in the second period to take a 6-5 lead.
Waupaca Area then outscored the visitors 2-1 in the third period and neither team found the net in the eight-minute overtime period.
“One thing that we came away with after the scrimmage was I didn’t felt like we competed hard enough for pucks and loose pucks,” Bauer said. “I saw a really big change in that tonight. We really battled hard.”
Ash opened the scoring with a pair of unassisted goals in a 1:40 span in the first period. Annika Horman cut Waupaca Area’s lead in half, but Cadie Ash scored off of an assist from Markie Ash to make it 3-1.
Markie Ash completed her hat trick 35 seconds into the second period off of an assist from Jamie Slattery and Avrey Simonson, but United’s Liisa Cramer scored a pair of goals to cut the lead to 4-3. Ash scored her fourth goal to make it 5-3, but Anna Duehring, Kourtney Koster and Sarah Marvin found the net to give United a 6-5 lead heading into the third period.
Waupaca Area soon had the lead again due to unassisted Ash goal and her sixth goal that came off of an assist from Katarina Otter-Giese, but Horman tied the game with 5:04 remaining in the game and neither team scored again.
Goalie Anna Ryder made 29 saves for Waupaca Area.
“You can’t imagine how hard it is to do what she’s doing,” Bauer said of the first-year goalie. “For her to go out there and keep us in the game and give us a chance to win it in the end, that’s pretty spectacular.
“The most important shot is always the next shot,” he added. “You have to have a short memory. You can’t ever show emotion or let them know you’re getting upset. She’s done a fantastic job of following that to a T. She looks like she’s been playing her whole life out there as far as her composure.”
Ash’s two early goals gave Waupaca Area a spark, according to Bauer.
“I don’t even think we gave up a shot on goal the first 10, 11 minutes,” he said. “I thought our intensity was really good and our man-to-man defense down low was really successful. They did a great job of getting on players and staying on them.”
Waupaca Area also dropped a pair of games in Black River Falls, 7-1 Nov. 25 to the Western Wisconsin Stars and 3-2 the following day to Black River Falls.
Kendell Sheldon scored Waupaca Area’s goal in the first period against the Stars off of an assist from Jamie Slattery.
The Stars took a 3-1 lead into the second period before coming up with four unanswered goals in the second.
Ryder had 16 saves.
Markie Ash gave Waupaca Area a 1-0 lead with a power play goal in the first period off of an assist from Cadie Ash.
Goals from Baleigh Johnson and Kaytin Johnson gave Black River Falls a 2-1 lead in the second period, but Waupaca tied the game on Simonson’s power play goal off of an assist from Markie Ash.
Baliegh Johnson scored the game-winning goal with 10:25 to go in the game.
Waupaca Area hosted Wisconsin Rapids Nov. 29 and will host Northern Edge at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Expo.