Friday, February 16, 2007
Although Coach Tom Shorland would have liked to see better neutral zone play, he was pleased to watch his players standing up to their opponents.
The Chix With Stix hockey team traveled to Colorado College last week and claimed a 7-4 win.
The Tigers put the first point on the board five minutes into the game. Six minutes later, Chix forward Riley Polumbus scored the equalizer, wrapping it from behind after a rebound with assists from Renee Dupre and Melanie Nimtz.
In the second period, defensemen Carly Helm collected the puck and scored with a shot from behind the blue line.
"That was when the momentum started," veteran Chix player Heidi Chapman-Hoy said.
Chapman-Hoy scored the team's third goal on a wrap around, assisted by line mates Lynne Bosley and Cathy Wiedemer. Less than a minute later, the Chix' second line scored when Dupre deflected the puck into the net.
CC slipped one in with just more than a minute to go in the second, but the Chix came back when Bosley found Chapman-Hoy in the slot, and she scored though the five hole. Helm added her second goal just 50 seconds later with an assist from Lee Cox.
CC made a run halfway through the period, scoring back-to-back goals 15 seconds apart, but the Chix answered 28 seconds later when Chapman-Hoy set Helm up for the hat trick.
At the defensive end, goalkeeper Nikki Kneobel played consistently throughout the weekend, racking up 24 saves against CC, and 33 and 42 saves, respectively, during the doubleheader with the Silverwolves for an unprecedented 99 saves on the weekend.
On Saturday and Sunday, the Silverwolves - in what proved to be a physical contest - shut down the Chix offense.
Saturday, the Chix received nine penalties to the Silverwolves' seven. Eight minutes of the time in the box was spent during the first period, preventing the team from generating any offense. Thanks to Knoebel, the score remained 0-0. But the Silverwolves' Diane Reyes scored early in the second period on a power play to take the lead.
In the third period, Reyes found the net again, scoring twice in the first minute and adding a fourth goal two minutes later. The Silverwolves shut out the Chix, 4-0.
On Sunday, the Chix were down to 9 players for the morning contest and the Silverwolves scored early, netting three goals in the first period and one in the second, although Reyes was shut down on several attempts.
The Chix found the back of the net when Helm finally scored. The Silverwolves won, 4-1.
The Chix now are on a six game home stand starting this weekend. The Chix face the Clash at 8:45 p.m. Saturday and at 8:30 a.m. Sunday.