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      U12 DC Diamonds Take 4th in Chippewa Falls Tournament

      By Sharon Malone 01/16/2017, 3:45pm CST

      U12 DC Diamonds Finish 4th at Chippewa Falls Tournament

       

      The U12 DC Diamonds took fourth place in overtime at the Chippewa Falls Tournament on January 14 & 15, 2017.  

      On Saturday the Diamonds walked away with a 3-2 win in game one against the Fox Valley Freeze then lost against New Prague 9-1 in game two.  The weekend ended with a 4-5 overtime finish in Sunday's game three versus Ozaukee giving the Diamonds the fourth place spot.

      Great job Diamonds!

      U14 DC Diamonds Heat Up The Hayward U14 Chiller Challenge

      By Sharon Malone 01/16/2017, 2:00pm CST

      U14 DC Diamonds Take 2nd in Overtime in Heated Battle at Hayward Tournament

      U14 DC Diamonds Heat Up The Hayward U14 Chiller Challenge


      The U14 DC Diamonds team traveled to the Northwoods for the Hayward U14 Chiller Challenge on January 14 & 15, 2017.  In the first game of the tournament the Diamonds faced the Hayward Hurricanes, both teams hoping to seal their place on the winner’s side of the tournament bracket.  The Diamonds were slow to start in the morning game but finished with a 3-1 win.  Hayward put up their lone goal in the first period lighting the fire under the Diamonds.  Play got physical but Lauren Bliefernicht, Steely Schaefer and Abby Hahn rose to the challenge and lit the lamp for the Diamonds.  Marking assists in the game were Payton Hans (2) , Abby Hahn and Aubrie Deprey.   Goalie Izzy Hahn had 11 saves in the game.

      In the second game the Diamonds faced Minnesota’s St. Paul Johnson Como U15 Polar Devils for an evening matchup.  The Diamonds came to play and quickly got on the board with a goal fed by Abby Hahn to Payton Hans.  The Polar Devils followed up and marked one of their own.  The Diamonds answered less than a minute later as Lauren Bliefernicht netted a pass from Lexie Veldkamp.  The first period got physical as both teams served time in the box and upped their game.  The Diamonds held their 2-1 lead into the second period.  Abby Hahn widened the gap to a 3-1 lead on a pass from Payton Hans.  The Polar Devils fought for another goal which was quickly answered with Amanda Bauer’s single-hander to end the period with a 4-2 Diamond lead.  The Polar Devils came into the third period ready to put up a fight and netted an early goal bringing the score to 4-3.  The Diamonds worked the full sheet of ice keeping the Polar Devils on their edges.  With just a minute to go in regulation play, Payton Hans took Aubrie Deprey’s pass to the net to seal the 5-3 win in the game.   Goalie, Izzy Hahn, marked 14 saves in the game.

      On Sunday, the Diamonds headed to the championship game in an afternoon face-off against Minnesota’s U15 Cambridge/Mora Blue Devils.  What lay ahead was a fiercely physical, high-action game; the Diamonds’ most challenging game to date this season.  The Diamonds hit the ice ready to compete.  Just :17 seconds after the first puck drop Abby Hahn raced to the net to sink a single handed goal.  The Blue Devils’ dug in but did not reply with a goal of their own until late in the first period to tie up the scoreboard 1-1.  The Diamonds front line battled and battled against the Blue Devils’ physical play but were unable to net a goal in the second to match the one put up by the Blue Devils on a power-play late in the period.  An injury to forward, Abby Hahn, shook up the Diamonds at the end of the second period but they regrouped over the resurfacing break to rally in the third.  Facing a 1-2 deficit, the Diamonds’ front line battled throughout the third period while the combined efforts of Steely Schaefer, Riley Smith, Aubrie Deprey and Anna Malone, the fearless defensive line, kept pushing back against the Blue Devils’ forceful attempts to score.  With just seconds left in regulation time, the Diamonds pulled their goalie to take full advantage of a power play.  Quick to act, Steely Schaefer picked up a pass from Payton Hans to help Amanda Bauer light the lamp forcing overtime in the championship game.  A four-on-four, sudden death battle ensued but ended nearly three minutes into overtime when the Blue Devils netted a goal drawing the game to a close with a 2-3 loss for the Diamonds.  Izzy Hahn took hit after hit in goal and racked up 32 amazing saves in the game.  

       

      Every Diamond player showed valiant effort throughout the weekend of games making it evident they are capable of competing with all teams willing to face off with them.  Superb job, Diamonds!

       

      Weekend Ties and Wins for the U14 Diamonds

      U14 DC Diamonds Battle Rivals for Successful Set of Double-Headers

       

      The U14 DC Diamonds team hosted a double-header against the Green Bay Bobcats on January 7, 2017.  The Bobcats opened scoring early in the first period with the Diamonds hot on their tails.  Action was strong from both benches throughout the period until just a minute remained when Abby Hahn netted a single-handed goal to tie up the game.  Only seconds later Payton Hans sent a strong pass to Lauren Bliefernicht who lit the lamp to end the first period with a 2-1 lead.  The second period was scoreless but not without vigorous shot attempts from the Diamonds.  Both teams were eager for the win.  The Diamonds made several attempts to increase their lead but the Bobcats netted a goal to tie the game just moments into the third period.  Despite strong efforts the teams called it a draw with a 2-2 tie knowing a rematch followed just a few hours later.  The Diamonds outshot the Bobcats 33-20.

      In game two the Bobcats started strong with an early goal but the Diamonds kept them out of the net the rest of the period with aggressive action to end the period down 0-1.  Lauren Bliefernicht could take the back and forth action no more and sent a solo shot to the back of the net to tie up the game.  The Bobcats answered with two quick goals and snatched back the lead to end the second period up 3-1.  The Diamonds took the Bobcat momentum away with solid passes and thunderous action in the third.  Two early goals by Amanda Bauer and Payton Hans (assisted by Teagan Marcouiller and Lexie Veldkamp) tied up the game and set the Bobcats on their heels.  Determined to take the lead, Lauren Bliefernicht charged the net and sent a pass to Payton Hans who tipped in the winning goal with just a minute remaining.  The Diamonds marked a 4-3 win while goalie, Izzy Hahn recorded 22 saves in the game.  

       

      Sunday, January 8, 2017 the Diamonds traveled to Tomah to take on WI TNT for a double-header rematch.  The TNT fought hard against the Diamonds and netted an unanswered goal early in the first period.  Play was strong but scoreless from both sides of the blue line until near the end of the game when Amanda Bauer sent a shot to light the lamp and tie up the game with just :27 seconds left in regulation time.  Goalie, Izzy Hahn, marked the 1-1 tie with 33 saves in the game.


      In round two at The Tomah Ice Arena, the Diamond ladies were refueled and ready.  The game opened with physical play from both benches.  After just minutes of back and forth action, Amanda Bauer sent a pass to Lauren Bliefernicht who scored on the TNT net.  Neither team would back down through the rest of the first period and through the scoreless second.  The TNT netted a pair of rapid-fire goals halfway into the third period to take the lead 2-1.  The Diamonds, always strong in the clutch, gathered their forces to gain the two final goals in the game scored by Payton Hans and Lauren Bliefernicht.  The Diamonds took the 3-2 win and outshot the TNT 30-16.


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