The Viroqua area co-op girls hockey team has put a disappointing 4-0 season opening loss at Black River Falls in their rear view mirror and are now cruising with a three-game winning streak, featuring three consecutive shutouts recorded by senior goaltender Ivy Shonka and the Blackhawk defense.
Viroqua vs. Stoughton
The Viroqua victory run began at Stoughton Monday, Nov. 27, with a convincing 4-0 win over the Stoughton Icebergs, featuring a special three-goal hat trick from Erin Simonson. Simonson scored the first three goals of the game for the Blackhawks, one in the first period and two in the second, making it a “natural hat trick,” a term reserved for when a player scores three consecutive goals.
Emma Kolden added a goal and an assist and Maia Berendregt, Emma Hughes and Taylor Menzynski each dished out assists in the winning effort.
Shonka began her string of shutout games with a 23-save performance, while the Blackhawks found the back of the Stoughton net on four of their 28 shots.
The Blackhawks continued their winning ways this past weekend with a pair of wins en route to claiming the championship at the six-team Thunderstruck Tournament hosted by Kettle Moraine.
Viroqua vs. Three Lakes, Dec. 1
Simonson stayed red-hot, scoring the Blackhawks’ first two goals in the tournament opening 4-0 win over Three Lakes Northern Edge (Rhinelander/Antigo co-op). Lydia Noble and Kelsey Shaner assisted on Simonson’s first goal, 9:31 into the opening period on a Viroqua power play. Simonson put the Blackhawks in front 2-0 at 12:50 of the second period on another double assist goal, this time from Noble and Berendregt.
Naomi Schroeder and Perla Grenier provided the assists on a Kolden goal late in the second period, making the score 3-0. Berendregt put the game away with a goal assisted by Simonson and Shaner 11:15 into the third period.
Shonka recorded 13 saves in the contest, while Northern Edge goalie Alicia Turunen turned away 30 of Viroqua’s 34 shot attempts.
Viroqua vs. Lakeshore, Dec. 2 Berendregt led the Blackhawks in the 5-0 championship game victory over the Lakeshore Lightning (Cedarburg/Mequon co-op) with a pair of goals, while Shonka kept the Blackhawk goal clean with her third straight shutout, stopping all 21 Lakeshore shots.
Shaner opened the scoring just 1:14 into the game, with an assist from Kolden. Kolden found the back of the net later in the period at 10:25 off an assist from Grenier. Simonson pushed the lead to 3-0 at 12:49 of the opening frame with an un-assisted goal and just 14 seconds later Berendregt made it 4-0, also without an assist. Berendregt closed out the scoring 6:14 into the second period on a double assist goal from Simonson and Hughes.
The Blackhawks (3-1) created 27 shots on goal in the winning effort, with Lightning goalie Kami McCardle recording 22 saves. Viroqua has outscored the competition 13-0 during the win streak.
The road-warrior Blackhawks, with their first eight games and 13 of their first 14 on the road, played at Onalaska Dec. 7, will be at Beloit on the 15th, Middleton on the 16th, at Sun Prairie on the 22nd, before playing their first home game versus Beloit Dec. 23.