U14 DC Diamonds Fill Thanksgiving Weekend With Three Action-Packed Games
The U14 DC Diamonds team hosted The Superior Spartans for a Thanksgiving Weekend doubleheader on Saturday, November 26, 2016. Game one of the day was dominated by the Spartans scoring eight unanswered goals over the first and second periods. The Diamonds finally got on the scoreboard with three third period goals scored by Amanda Bauer and Payton Hans (2) with assists from Abby Hahn, Grace Endress, Lauren Bliefernicht and Lexie Veldkamp. The 36 total shots on goal and the rally at the end of the game just were not enough to mark a win in the Diamond’s scorebook. Goalkeeper, Izzy Hahn, marked 26 saves in the game. Game two had a very different end as the Diamonds put the heat on the Spartans from the start of the game. Halfway into the first period the Spartans found the back of the net on a power play which was quickly answered by an unassisted goal from Payton Hans. The Spartans fired back to end the first period ahead 2-1. The Diamonds filled the second period with goal after goal to take the lead 4-2. Scoring were Steely Schaefer, Payton Hans and Grace Endress assisted by Amanda Bauer. The Spartans added one goal early in the third period but the Diamonds held them with their 4-3 lead to end the game with a well-earned win. The Diamonds had only 12 shots on goal while goalie, Izzy Hahn, marked 24 saves in the game.
The Diamonds traveled to Beloit to take on the Jr. Fury in a Sunday morning matchup on November 27, 2016. The Diamonds were slow out of the gate in the first period scoring only one goal by Teagan Marcouiller to three Fury goals. Over the ice resurfacing break the Diamonds regrouped with what must have been a Herb Brooks-style locker room talk from head coach, Pat Gill. The Diamond ladies appeared on the ice with a dominating force among them for the remainder of the game scoring eleven goals over the final two periods! Scoring for the Diamonds were Payton Hans (4 - earning a hat trick), Amanda Bauer (3 - earning a hat trick), Abby Hahn, Lauren Bliefernicht, Aubrey Deprey and Teagan Marcouiller. Assists were earned by Amanda Bauer, Payton Hans, Teagan Marcouiller, Steely Schaefer, Abby Hahn and Grace Endress. The strong defensive pairs and support from the entire Diamonds squad led to a 12-3 win over the Jr. Fury.
A great end to a busy weekend for the Diamonds!
U14 DC Diamonds Win One/Lose Two on the Road
The U14 DC Diamonds team traveled to Verona for a nail-biter win against local rival, The Wisconsin Ice Spirit, on November 19, 2016. The very physical game marked five penalty calls on each side of the red line - more total penalty minutes than in any other game so far this season for the Diamonds. Back and forth action, and a clear Diamond goal that was waved off, brought the first period to a scoreless close. The Diamonds came back hungry for a goal in the second period and fought through the rough Ice Spirit play to help Grace Endress light the lamp on a pass from Steely Schaefer. The Ice Spirit didn’t rest and answered with a goal of their own to tie up the game at 1-1. The third period was littered with aggressive action, penalty minutes for both teams and a broken Ice Spirit stick. Finally, with just 1.6 seconds left in the game, Lauren Bliefernicht sent an unassisted shot to score the tie-breaking goal to win the game. Teamwork and communication led to the win in this game. The Diamonds had 23 shots on goal while goalie, Izzy Hahn, marked 16 saves in the game.
The Diamonds packed up their gear for a Sunday doubleheader road-trip to the home of The Wisconsin Hockey Hall of Fame to take on Eagle River at The Dome. The November 20th morning game saw a slow start for the Diamonds but the ladies held Eagle River to only one goal in the first period. Stronger action followed in the second period with a Diamond goal scored by Payton Hans eight minutes in, but was quickly followed with three Eagle River goals. Hans battled back with the support of the entire Diamonds squad for a late final goal in the second to bring the score to 4-2. Eagle River opened the third period with quick goal which went unanswered until Steely Schaefer lit the lamp with just two minutes remaining in the game. Her effort was honorable but was just not enough to take the win. The Diamonds fell to Eagle River 5-3. Diamonds goalie, Izzy Hahn, had 15 saves in the loss.
After a lunch break and motivational words from the coaching staff, the Diamonds faced Eagle River for a second match up. The Diamonds came on strong in this game scoring two unanswered goals in the first period. Scoring unassisted goals for the Diamonds were Grace Endress and Amanda Bauer. Steely Schaefer added a third unassisted goal to open the third period. Eagle River answered and quickly took control of the game scoring five goals to the Diamond’s additional two to close the second period tied at 5-5. Scoring for the Diamonds were Teagan Marcouiller and Payton Hans with unassisted goals. Eagle River closed the game with three additional goals for a final score of 8-3. Goalie, Izzy Hahn, recorded 23 saves in the game.
The Diamonds face Eagle River again at home on February 18, 2017. Bring the fire, Diamonds!
The DC Diamonds enjoyed a 5-2 Badger win against Cornell on November 26, 2016 that included a tunnel welcome & post-game meet and greet with the Badger Women. It was a Great Night for Hockey!
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