Fusion girls’ hockey advances to sectional final
The St. Croix Valley Fusion girls’ hockey team moved one game closer to returning to the state tournament as Allie DeMotts, Andrea Elisaon and Hanna Zevenbergen scored a goal each and Ms. Hockey Wisconsin finalist Carlie Christensen stopped all 36 shots she faced in a 3-0 victory over the defending state champion Hayward/Spooner Hurricanes in a WIAA sectional semifinal Tuesday night, Feb. 25, in Baldwin.
The second-seeded Fusion (River Falls/Baldwin-Woodville/St. Croix Central/Glenwood City/Boyceville) will play No. 5 Superior in the sectional final this Friday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m. in New Richmond for a berth in next week’s WIAA State Hockey Tournament in Madison.
The Fusion won three straight state titles from 2009-11 before missing the tournament the last two seasons.
Hayward/Spooner outshot the Fusion, 36-17, Tuesday night St. Croix Valley made their shots count, getting second period goals from DeMotts and Eliason, on a power play, and a third period score from Zevenbergen.
Christensen, meanwhile, was a stalwart in net; stopping all 36 shots she faced to record her seventh shutout of the season.
Christensen is one of six finalists for the 2014 Ms. Hockey Wisconsin award, which goes to the top senior player in the state. The award will be presented at the All-State Banquet Thursday, March 6, in Madison.
See the March 6 print edition of the River Falls Journal for more.