Glacier hockey team earns top postseason seed
Brookfield squad beats Arrowhead, ties Middleton
The second-ranked Brookfield Glacier (18-2-2) girls hockey co-op secured the top seed in Section 4 for the postseason and earned a win and a tie in two important games.
The Glacier opened the week with a 3-2 win over crosstown rival Arrowhead on Jan. 31, a game that was delayed two days because of "lost ice." They then closed out the week with a 2-2 tie against sixth-ranked Middleton.
The Glacier started the game off strong, outshooting Arrowhead 24-13 through the first two periods, finally taking a 2-0 lead with just 90 seconds remaining in the second period on a pair of goals by senior Morgan Hollowell. Junior Arianna Smith assisted on both goals.
"Morgan and Arianna have been playing on a line together for three years and they have become very intuitive together," coach Brian Smith said. "Sometimes we're amazed from the bench with how these two seem to find each other all the time. Half the time I'd swear they don't even look, but they pull it off."
Arrowhead's Kara Olson then scored to fire up the Warhawks, cutting the lead to 2-1 after two periods.
Arrowhead scored first just 3:13 seconds into the period to tie the game at 2-2. But then with just 2:30 left in the game, Glacier senior Jamie Ertl took what appeared to be a harmless shot from near the blue line and it somehow found its way between Hannah Nicholson's arm and body for the game-winner.
Saturday's 2-2 tie with sixth-ranked Middleton was the Glacier's 14th game against a top-10 opponent.
"I was pleased with our effort and the way we battled though the challenges of the game," Smith said as the Glacier fought through 18 penalty minutes.
Middleton struck first with a power-play goal five minutes into the game, but the Glacier evened it up just three minutes later on a shot from their blue line by sophomore Kelli Sorge.
Middleton went up, 2-1, but Smith was confident in his team going into the third period.
Just 2:30 into the period the combination of Smith and Hollowell stuck again on a fast-developing two-on-two.
"We work a lot on our zone entries and Arianna and Morgan executed it flawlessly on that one," Smith said about the game's final score.
The Glacier will finish the regular season at 7 p.m. Feb. 8 at the Ponds of Brookfield as they host Green Bay in the conference championship playoff game.
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