In the first of two area rivalry match-ups this season, the Onalaska and BRF teams played a back and forth contest to a 3-3 overtime tie.
The game was marred by 14 total penalties, seven a side, however only one power play goal was scored by BRF in the third period by Khloe Spors (her third of the night) with an assist from Maggie Olsen, to knot up the score at 3-3.
The scoring started with what would be the only goal in the first period by Onalaska.
The Tigers tallied two in the second to take the lead 2-1 off two goals by Spors, Reghan Yourell and Taylor Gular assisting the first and Yourell alone with the assist onto second.
Onalaska answered with two goals of their own before the period ended to take the 3-2 lead in the final stanza.
Three goals is the most BRF has put on the board in the last five games.
“To have more scoring opportunities against an opponent like Onalaska is hopefully a move in the right direction,” head coach Oak Moser said. “Overall play-making was improved with some impressive 3- and 4-pass breakouts leading to offensive rushes.”
“Our defensive zone play at times is strong and at other times we have some lapses that we will continue to work to eliminate. Spors found her scoring touch again by aggressively taking pucks to the net and following for rebound opportunities,” Moser said.
Josie Mathison made 26 saves on 29 shots and continued to be a formidable obstacle for opposing forwards.
The Tigers next improved to 4-3-1 on the season with a 4-0 win over the Icebergs on their home rink in Stoughton Saturday.
Ashley Courtright opened the scoring in the first period after receiving a centering pass from Kaytlin Johnson and firing a shot past the Icebergs goalie.
Spors tallied an unassisted goal about a minute and a half later with a wrist shot from the left circle, to give the Tigers a 2-0 lead.
Late in the first period and into the second, the Tigers found themselves on the penalty kill for extended periods of time, but were able to notch a single goal only seconds after returning to full strength on the ice midway through the period when Ellie Steinhoff picked up a loose puck near the offensive blue line, found a lane towards the net and beat the Icebergs goalie with a 5-hole shot.
The last tally of the night came in the third period from a slap shot off the stick of Kaytlin Johnson who had advanced the puck wide through the neutral zone, following a regroup pass from fellow defensman Ashley Overlien, and unleashed the low slap shot at the attacking blue line and beat the goalie to make the final 4-0 score.
Mathison stopped all 23 shots faced including some quality scoring chances during some of the penalty kill situations to earn her third shut out of the season.
“Once gain we were able to hold teams at bay during 18 minutes of penalty kill. Naturally we need to work on reducing these types of opportunities for our opponents,” Moser said.
Courtright and Steinhoff recorded their first high school varsity goals.
“We were able to get solid contributions throughout the line up,” Moser said.