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Fusion shoot down Stars

St. Croix Valley Fusion sophomore Lilly Accola (17) beats a Western Wisconsin Stars player to the puck in the Fusion's 3-0 victory over the Stars Tuesday, Dec. 19, in Somerset. Dave Newman / RiverTown Multimedia 1 / 2
St. Croix Valley Fusion junior Anna Albrightson (13) gets by a defender in the Fusion's 3-0 victory over the Western Wisconsin Stars Tuesday, Dec. 19, in Somerset. Dave Newman / RiverTown Multimedia 2 / 2

The third-ranked St. Croix Valley Fusion won their third straight game with a 3-0 victory over the Western Wisconsin Stars (Somerset/Amery/New Richmond/Osceola/St. Croix Falls) Tuesday, Dec. 19, in Somerset.

The win boosted St. Croix Valley's record to 8-1 on the season heading into this week's Culver's Cup in Madison.

The Fusion will open Culver's Cup play Wednesday, Dec. 27, against seventh-ranked Wisconsin Valley Union (Stevens Point/Wisconsin Rapids/Marshfield) at 5:15 p.m. at Hartmeyer Ice Arena. They will face either Superior or Onalaska Thursday, Dec. 28. The other side of the 8-team bracket includes the Metro Lynx against Brookfield Glacier and fourth-ranked University School of Milwaukee against Lakeland.

Last Tuesday in Somerset, the Fusion scored a goal in each period and sophomore goalie Sydney Seeley stopped all 24 shots she faced in a 3-0 win over the Stars.

Sophomore Gabby Bresina scored the first two goals of the game, the first at 4:44 of the opening period assisted by senior Jordan Erickson and freshman Jaden Woiwode.

Bresina's second goal came at the 10:43 mark of the second with Woiwode assisting and gave St. Croix Valley a 2-0 lead.

Seeley stopped all 10 shots she faced in the third period while junior Anna Albrightson scored an unassisted goal at the 10:23 mark to make the final 3-0.

Each team was whistled for two penalties in the game while shots on goal were even at 24 apiece.

Bob Burrows

Bob Burrows has been sports editor at the River Falls Journal since 1996 and at the Hudson Star-Observer since 2009. Prior to joining the Journal, Burrows served as sports editor with Ledger Publications in Balsam Lake, Wis. A native of Bayonne, N.J. and a U.S. Navy veteran, Burrows attended Marquette University before completing his studies at UW-River Falls in 1992.

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