Last Friday, February 2, 2018, the Northland Pines Girls Hockey had a conference matchup against the Medford Raiders. The Eagles (6-13-1) faced Medford (0-17-0) for their last matchup of the season with the Eagles taking the first two games 7-1 and 10-3. The starters for Senior Night were Gabby Herfindahl(Senior), Kenzie Ebert(Senior), Cameron Ramesh, Madison Bill, Emma Sima and Piper Snedden in net.
The Eagles didn’t score until the halfway point of the first period when Abby Ahlborn scored on a quick rush to the net. Gabby Herfindahl put an exclamation point on the period with a goal with 7 seconds left on the clock. Pines led in shots the entire game and was up 16-4 entering the second period.
Again, the Eagles failed to score right away in the second and Hannah Kramsvogel and Cameron Ramesh both earned penalties early in the period. Pines hadn’t scored in the second period until Cameron Ramesh netted two quick goals, both over Medford’s goalie’s glove to make it 4-0 Pines. The Pines girls fired 21 more shots to Medford’s 4 by the end of the period and the shots were 37-8 in favor of the Eagles.
The third period started out very shaky as a Medford player picked up the puck and fired a high shot from around center ice. Pines goaltender, Piper Snedden, thought for sure it was over the net as it hit the top of her glove when she went to reach for it. As she turned around to find the puck, it hit the post and went in. When Pines coach, Patrick Schmidt, was asked about the goal he said, “Everyone makes mistakes, that was Piper’s. Everyone on the ice made mistakes tonight but being a goalie, her’s was just more obvious.”
That was Medford’s only goal in the game and the Eagles were determined after the Medford goal. Freshman Allie Kieffer found the back of the net twice very quickly to make it 6-1 and the girls never looked back. Gabby Herfindahl scored her second of the game before Allie Kieffer achieved a hat trick with her third goal of the game to cap off the win. The Pines girls team defeated Medford 8-1!
The seniors, Gabby Herfindahl and Kenzie Ebert, were both asked what it means to win on Senior Night. Gabby responded, “I think it’s a big deal for us senior just because it shows all the hard work over the four years has paid off. It’s just great to be a part of a program that is still a single school left in the state.” Ebert commented on the win saying, ”It’s just something really cool especially with the season we’ve had…we really worked as a team.”
The Pines Girls Hockey team will face Chippewa Falls/Menominee at home this Thursday, February 8, 2018, in one of their last regular season games. The Eagles were also selected as the #5 seed in this years WIAA playoffs and will play conference rival #4 Lakeland in the first round on Friday, February 16, 2018 at the Lakeland Ice Arena.
*Article by Brady Snedden