MADISON—The Rock County Fury used stingy defense and some opportune offense to pull out a 3-2 victory over the No. 2-ranked Middleton Metro Lynx Saturday night at the Madison Ice Arena.
The victory improved the Fury to 14-6 overall and 8-2 in the Badger Conference. The Lynx are 16-3 and 7-2.
Down 1-0 heading to the second period, Sara Loerke tied the game for the Fury, bringing the puck in wide and driving to the net for a shot. Claudia Boehlke kept the puck alive and Loerke banged in the rebound.
The Metro Lynx answered with a goal, taking a 2-1 lead to the third period. Alyssa Knauf tied it up with a great assist from Anika Einbeck and Haley Knauf.
The Fury’s go-ahead goal came on a power-play, scored by Sara Loerke with a quick shot from the back door. Einbeck skated the puck from the corner to the top of the circle and found Loerke for a hard shot through the 5-hole.
The final eight minutes were intense, with the Fury taking a penalty with a minute left.
“Our girls did an outstanding job killing the penalty off at the end,” Fury head coach Luke Steurer said.
Winning goalie Olivia Cronin had 29 saves.
“Our defense stepped up big for us this game by keeping them to the outside and battling hard in front of our net,” Steurer said. “Our forwards did a great job back checking every shift and hustling both ends of the ice. This was a great team effort win for us tonight. Seeing the girls work hard together and cheering each other on all game was a great moment to see. Even when we were down, they kept their heads up and went right back at it. I think it proves to our girls what we can accomplish and how we can play a great full three periods.”
BOYS HOCKEY: GREENDALE ICE FORCE 3, BELOIT MEMORIAL 1—The Purple Knights continued to struggle scoring goals and paid the price in a non-conference game against the Greendale Ice Force Friday night at Wilson Park in Milwaukee.
Ryan Anderson of the Ice Force (9-13-1) had the lone goal in the first period and the second was scoreless.
The Ice Force made it 2-0 with 5:42 remaining in the game on a goal by Dean Doonan. Beloit (3-15-0)finally got on the scoreboard on an unassisted goal by Connor Evans 10 seconds later, but the Ice Force got the final goal, by Rob Anderson with just 1:16 remaining.
Beloit goalie Aidan Wright finished with 47 saves. The Ice Force’s Matt Risser had 14, including three in the third period. Beloit had three penalties while the Ice Force had five.