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Fusion rip off 4 straight wins

The St. Croix Valley Fusion have been a busy group of skaters over the last week, with four games in five days. But the Fusion were able to fight through the gauntlet of games and pick up four straight wins.

When the Fusion hosted North St. Paul/Tartan on Tuesday, Jan. 16, they were able to pick up a two-goal victory over the Minnesota team, winning 3-1.

After a scoreless first period, the Fusion's leading scorer Kamryn Jacobs got the Fusion on the board to take a 1-0 lead in the second period. However, North St. Paul/Tartan came right back to tie up the score to send the teams into the locker room with a 1-1 tie at the end of the second.

Gabby Bresina scored the go-ahead power play for the Fusion in the third period, with assists going to Abbie and Amber DeLong. Maddie Schultz scored the Fusion's final goal of the game with assists going to Jacobs and Maura Laesser. Goalie Sydney Seeley picked up the win for the Fusion in the net while facing 30 shots on the night.

The Fusion poured on the goals in a 9-3 win over Chippewa Falls/Menomonie on Thursday, Jan. 18, and outshot their opponents 47-22. Jacobs once again led the team with six points on the night, including two goals and four assists. Katy Anderson chipped in two goals and one assist, while Schultz and Anna Albrightson added a goal and an assist in the game. Lilly Accola also got on the scoresheet with a goal while Jordan Erickson picked up two goals and two assists and Abbie DeLong had an assist. Senior Olivia Klund stopped 19 of the 22 shots she faced in net.

On Friday night, Jan. 19, the Fusion outscored the Fox City Stars 7-2 to claim its third win of the week. The Fox City Stars are a 14-school co-op, with Xavier as the host school. Taylar Meier scored the first goal of the game, but Fox City tied it up less than a minute later. Jacobs gave the Fusion back the lead on a pass at the 10:52 mark to send the teams into the locker room with the Fusion leading 2-1 after one period. Just 49 seconds into the second, Jacobs made a behind-the-back pass to Schultz who flew in on a breakaway and rifled one past the Fox City goalie to make it 3-1 in the second period. Fox City fought back and pulled within one goal, but Bresina and Jaden Woiwode put two more past the Fox City goalie to end the second with a 5-2 lead for the Fusion. Meier, Albrightson, and Amber DeLong assisted on goals. Sisters Abbie and Amber DeLong both scored unassisted goals in the third to seal the game. Klund picked up the win in the net for the Fusion.

The Fusion capped off their gauntlet of a week with a 9-2 win over the No. 8 ranked Bay Area Ice Bears in Green Bay on Saturday, Jan. 20. Jacobs picked up a hat trick in the game to lead the Fusion in scoring. The Fusion came out on fire scoring three goals in the first six minutes. Accola made a great wrap around pass on the boards to Schultz who made a perfect pass to Jacobs and who then scored on a breakaway. A goal from Amber DeLong from Albrightson put the Fusion up 2-0 before Meier picked up a loose puck and skated around everyone in the rink to score goal number three of the game. The Ice Bears were able to score one at the end of the period to make it 3-1 as the teams headed to the locker room. Jacobs scored her second goal of the game on a power play shortly into the second, but Bay Area scored again to pull within two. However, Jacobs completed her hat trick at the end of the second to put the Fusion back up by three.

The Fusion came out on fire again in the the third and poured on four more goals in the third to put the game out of reach. Meier and Schultz each picked up powerplay goals in the third, while Albrightson picked up the Fusion's ninth goal of the game. Seeley picked up the win for the Fusion in net.

The Fusion are now 15-5-0 on the season and have four more games left in the regular season, including a Thursday, Jan. 25 matchup with the Eau Claire Co-op in River Falls, a Saturday, Jan. 27, game in Baldwin against USM, a Tuesday, Jan. 30, road game against Hudson and a Saturday, Feb. 3, game at home against Onalaska.

Jordan Willi
Jordan Willi is a reporter for the New Richmond News. Previously, he worked as a sports reporter at the Worthington Daily Globe in Worthington, Minnesota. He also interned at the Hudson Star Observer for two summers and contributed to the Bison Illustrated sports magazine at North Dakota State University.
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