Ashley Kuechle gets program-record seventh shutout in No. 5 UWRF's win
RIVER FALLS, Wis. -- Ashley Kuechle recorded her seventh shutout of the season for an all-time single-season Falcon record in the Wisconsin-River Falls Falcons dominate 8-0 win in the first game of the WIAC semi-finals over the Wisconsin-Eau Claire Blugolds.
Brianna Breiland scored a hat trick in the game to move up to nine goals on the season. Eleven different Falcons contributed in scoring in the game.
Alice Cranston scored the first goal of the game assisted by Emily Stark and Paige Johnson at 5:39 of the first period. The goal was Cranston's seventh of the season. Johnson had three assists in the game.
Johnson had another assist at 15:51 of the period for her 13th of the season when she found Katie Batters for the backhand goal. The goal was No. 16 of the year for Batters.
UWRF poured in two more goals in the second period. Kait Mason scored on a one timer when Sam Greeley hit her with a great pass putting the puck in right out in front of the net.
Breiland scored her first goal of the game assisted by Batters and Crysta Lowell at 16:44 of the period. The goal and assist that batters had in the game gives her a team-high 29 points on the season.
The Falcons went on a scoring frenzy in the third period adding four more goals. Kinsel scored a power-play goal just 5:17 into the period assisted by Johnson and Allie Olson. Olson had assists on three of the four third period goals.
The two teams will meet again Saturday afternoon and if UWRF wins or ties, it will advance to the O'Brien Cup championship game.
No. 6 Wisconsin-Stevens Point 2, No. 9 Wisconsin-Superior 1
STEVENS POINT, Wis. -- Wisconsin-Stevens Point jumped out to a 2-0 lead after the first period and made the two-goal lead stand up in a 2-1 win against ninth-ranked Wisconsin-Superior in the first game of a Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) semifinal series on Friday night at Ice Hawks Arena.
Cassandra Salmen and Emily Lester scored to give UW-Stevens Point (18-4-4) a two-goal advantage after the first period. Dani Schultz's goal on the power play brought UW-Superior (14-6-6) within a goal early in the second period but Janna Beilke Skoug made 33 saves in the game to give the Pointers the victory.
Salmen's goal at 7:50 of the opening period was her WIAC-leading 17th goal of the season and was assisted by Katherine Nejedlo and Emily Lester. Lester then scored on the power play at the 13:28 mark of the first period off another assist by Nejedlo.
After the Pointers outshot the Yellowjackets 13-12 in the first period, UW-Superior 22-11 in the final two periods but only beat Beilke-Skoug once. Schultz scored her 12th goal of the season 2:15 into the second period on the power play.
After Schultz's goal, the Yellowjackets had three power-play opportunities but the Pointers kept UW-Superior off the scoreboard the rest of the way. UW-Superior was 1-for-5 on the power play in the game, while UW-Stevens Point was 1-for-3.