It was a rough start to the holidays for the Viroqua cooperative girls hockey team, as the Blackhawks faced off against the top two teams in the Badger Conference Dec. 22 and 23, losing both games by combined scores of 11-1.
Viroqua vs. Cap City Cougars
On Friday evening, Dec. 22, the Blackhawks traveled to Waunakee and were defeated 5-1 by the Madison Area Cap City Cougars. The Cougars grabbed a 3-0 lead early in the second period before Perla Grenier put the Hawks on the board off an assist from Emma Kolden at 14:51 of the period, but it was as close as the Blackhawks would get. The Cougars (7-2-1 and 2-1 Badger) closed out the scoring with two more goals in the third and moved ahead of the Blackhawks and into sole possession of second place in the Badger.
Viroqua goaltender Ivy Shonka faced a barrage of offensive pressure by the Cougars, recording 48 saves against 53 shots, 25 coming in the final period. The Blackhawks meanwhile created just 12 scoring chances in the loss.
The Cap-City Cougars is a co-op consisting of players from five Madison area schools, including Waunakee, Deforest, Sun Prairie, Madison La Follette and Madison East.
Viroqua vs. Rock County Fury
Less than 24 hours later, following a late bus ride home, the Viroqua skaters played host to the Rock County Fury in a 3 p.m. face-off at the Viroqua Community Arena.
The Fury remained unbeaten in conference action, scoring a single goal in the first period, adding two more in the second and three in the third, sending the Hawks to a 6-0 defeat. Rock County improved to 5-0 in conference play and 9-1-2 over-all. The Blackhawks evened their league record to 2-2 and are 4-2 in all games this season.
Dani Heitzman led the Fury offense, scoring a hat-trick, including two via the power-play and the third a shot-hander. The Fury converted on three-of-seven power play chances.
Shonka picked up 42 saves against 48 shots. Viroqua skaters produced just 15 scoring chances.
Rock County is a Beloit area co-op comprised of skaters from eight different school districts, including Beloit Turner, Beloit Memorial, Janesville Craig, Janesville Parker, Milton, Albany, Brodhead and Monroe.
The Blackhawks are back on the road again participating in a Rhinelander tournament Dec. 28-30, and are at Somerset Jan. 5 and Chippewa Falls Jan. 6, before finally returning home to host Stoughton Jan. 9.