Jan. 24, 2020
By Scott Williams
SOMERSET – The top-ranked Central Wisconsin Storm used a time-tested winning formula to extend its winning streak to six games Friday night.
Rock solid goaltending from Katrina Fredrickson and strong play in front of her combined with a big night from Kassidy Oliva up front turned out to be enough to earn a ‘W.’
Oliva picked up a pair of goals to snap a tie and Fredrickson finished with 22 saves to send the Storm to a 3-1 victory over the Western Wisconsin Stars at the Somerset Ice Arena.
Oliva now has a team-leading 26 points, including 10 goals.
Sammi Frederici staked Central Wisconsin (14-2-2) to a 1-0 lead late n the opening period with an assist going to Dru Sabatke.
Western Wisconsin tied the game 1-1 with 11 seconds left in the first period.
Oliva gave the Storm the lead for good at 2-1 late in the second period with her first goal of the night and a helping hand from Macy Stepan.
She wasn’t done however. Oliva would provide some insurance early in the final period when she found the back of the net again to account for the final margin of victory.
Merrill 70, Wausau East 65
WAUSAU – The Lumberjacks found themselves in another close game Friday night. Unfortunately, East wound up on the wrong end of the scoreboard.
Ben Cayley led three players in double figures with a game-high 22 points, but the Bluejays found a way to pull out a win down the stretch.
Gabe Krueger chipped in with 16 points and Jake Thome had 14 for the Lumberjacks, who dropped to 20-4 in the Valley.
Nate Woller topped Merrill in scoring with 19 points. Connor Mootz and Michael Casper helped the cause with 13 points apiece.
Wisconsin Rapids 59, Wausau West 42
WISCONSIN RAPIDS – Amillion Buggs paced the Warriors with 13 points, but Grant Flory and the Raiders had too much firepower in the Wisconsin Valley Conference matchup.
Flory finished with a game-high 26 points and Rapids improved to 2-4 in the conference. The loss leaves West still winless in WVC play.
Sun Prairie 5, D.C. Everest 2
WESTON – The Evergreens came up short in the bid for a nonconference win over the Cardinals at Greenheck Ice Arena.
Facing a 3-2 deficit late in regulation, D.C. Everest went on the power play in search of the tying goal.
Sun Prairie wound up killing off the penalty without surrendering a goal and then added a late goal of its own and an empty-net goal to win going away down the stretch.