Brookfield Glacier girls whip Ice Bears
Hollowell scores twice, Smith totals four assists
The Brookfield Glacier girls hockey team scored four unanswered goals on Friday evening at Cornerstone Ice Arena against the Bay Area Ice Bears, recording a 6-2 victory in the Wisconsin Prep Hockey Game of the Week and a battle for first place in the Eastern Shores Conference.
Goalkeeper Jenna Bales recorded 18 saves in the win as the Glacier outshot Green Bay, 30-18.
The unbeaten Glacier (9-0) had to defeat the weather before getting to the game.
They found themselves still sitting on the bus with 10 miles to go when they were scheduled to be on the ice for warm-ups. After arrival and a 15 minute delay to allow the team to dress, they were on the ice for warm-ups. As expected with such a long bus ride and no time to warm-up off ice, the Glacier got off to a slow start, with the first period ending 1-1.
"The team regrouped between periods and we saw a renewed focus in their eyes," coach Brian Smith said. "With the amount of hype on this game, we expected Green Bay to have a little extra jump in their step at the beginning of the game, but we also expected that if we could match it for the first period our team speed and depth would prevail."
Apparently the coaches were cued in to the team's body language because the Glacier outshot Green Bay 14 to 5 in the second period while scoring three goals. The combination of Morgan Hollowell and Arianna Smith teamed up twice in the period for a goal and an assist each while Jamie Ertl had the third goal of the period.
The Glacier offense kept rolling in the third as Alexis Aghjian and Hollowell each had goals. For the night Hollowell had two goals and two assists, Smith added four assists and a goal and Jamie Ertl, Aghjian and Cara Anzivino each chipped in with a goal.
The Glacier killed five penalties over the course of the game and scored their seventh short-handed goal of the season.
The Glacier travel to Madison Thursdayfor the Culver's Cup, where they will face perennial powerhouse St. Croix Valley Fusion in their first round game.
"The Fusion have played a brutal early schedule so their record doesn't reflect how good they are," Smith said. "I'm sure they will come out hungry to prove they are significantly better than their record as they try to establish some things.
"We'll need to arrive ready to go and we'll have to respond to some early intensity," Smith continued, "but I feel confident the team is starting to embrace our systems and they're cleaning up some areas of our game that have been troubling us."
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