The Point/Rapids girls hockey team and Northern Edge entered Monday’s game tied in second place with 13 points and in fitting fashion the clubs battled to a 1-1 tie at South Wood County Recreation Center.
Hailey Ehr put Point/Rapids on top just past the midway point of the second period, with Rachel Metz picking up the assist on the play.
But, Northern Edge quickly responded 100 seconds later, as Cassie Hogar beat Emily Bubla to knot the game. Red Panthers netminder Emily Bubla stopped 17 of 18 shots, while Sophie Schmidt stopped 24 of 25 shots for Northern Edge.
“It was a great game back and forth all night,” Red Panthers coach Rachel Graves said. “Neither team could get that second goal to pick up the extra point in the standings.”
The tie muddies things even more in the Great Northern Conference, but the Red Panthers face Marshfield on Friday, who currently sit in fourth place, but just one point behind Point Rapids and Northern Edge, but just two points behind conference leader Northland Pines (15 points).
“We are all trying to battle it out for the top seeds,” Graves said. “This home stretch of the season, there is a lot of points that need to be earned. Putting together three periods of hockey is what we need to do. We are hoping three strong periods put us over the edge and see where we can go from there.”
Second Period: 1. P/R, Haley Aire (Rachel Metz) 9:17, ev; 2. NE, Cassie Hogar (Katie Detert, Sierra Vinger)10:47, ev.
Saves: Emily Bubla (6-4-5-2). Schmitt 12-4-5-3). Records: Point/Rapids 7-9, 6-2-2 GNC; Northern Edge 9-5-2, 6-2-2.