Knetter's hat trick lifts Storm past Panthers

Knetter's hat trick lifts Storm past Panthers

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Kelly Knetter’s hat trick led the Central Wisconsin Storm to a 5-0 victory over the Point-Rapids Red Panthers in their WIAA playoff hockey match-up at D.C. Everest in Weston, Tuesday, February 24, 2015.

Kelly Knetter has made the most of her opportunities against the Point/Rapids girls hockey team this season.

For the second time in a span of a few weeks, the Central Wisconsin Storm forward registered a hat trick against the Red Panthers.

The latest one helped propel the Storm to a 5-0 win Tuesday in a WIAA sectional semifinal at Greenheck Field House, and has Central Wisconsin within one win of its eighth straight trip to the state tournament.

Knetter also had a hat trick against the Red Panthers in the final week of the regular season in Stevens Point.

Isabelle Uhl-Chmiel assisted on four goals as the top-seeded Storm advanced to Saturday’s sectional championship game against No. 3 Northland Pines, which beat Northern Edge 5-2.

Emily Bubla had 38 saves for the Red Panthers, who fell to the Storm in the sectional semifinals last year as well. Storm senior Renee Hosler turned away nine shots and has not allowed a goal in two postseason games.

Elizabeth Bauer scored at the 9-minute, 34-second mark of the first period and also had an assist in the third period on Katelynn Schilling’s goal.

Knetter scored at the 11:24 mark as the Storm outshot the Red Panthers 15-3 in the opening period.

Knetter added her second goal at the 3:46 mark of the second period to give the Storm a 3-0 lead.

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First period: 1. CW, Elizabeth Bauer (Isabelle Uhl-Chmiel), 9:34. 2. CW, Kelly Knetter (Uhl-Chmiel), 11:24.

Second period: 3. CW, Knetter (Uhl-Chmiel), 3:46.

Third period: 4. CW, Katelynn Schilling (Bauer, Katelyn Ramthun), 8:08. 5. CW, Knetter (Uhl-Chmiel, Erin Gruber), 9:41.

Saves: P/R, Emily Bubla 13-14-11-38; CW, Renee Hosler 3-2-4-9.

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