Shelton, Wagner help keep Wildcats hot
The Dodge County Wildcats girls hockey team kept their momentum going from a strong opening week as they were able to pick up victories against Holy Family/Waconia and Bloomington Jefferson to improve their overall record to 4-1.
The victories were another step in the right direction for a team that’s looking to transition to a defensive style of play, but they were also buoyed by strong offensive efforts from Bella Wagner and Molly Shelton.
“Bella and Molly were the two kids that really stuck out for us this week,” Dodge County head coach Jeremy Gunderson observed. “Bella was exceptional on Friday night and Molly was able to give us a boost with her hat trick on Saturday.”
The week started on Friday night when the Wildcats hosted Holy Family/Waconia at Dodge County Ice Arena. Dodge County would have a strong offensive defensive effort in the first two periods, holding the Wildfire to six shots on net.
The Wildcats would take advantage of their strong defense to take a 2-0 lead on the backs of goals by Amber Miller (from Teigan Petersen and Katie Robinson) and a shorthanded goal with Robinson finding Wagner late in the period.
Holy Family/Waconia would have an answer in the third period when Megan Menzuba scored a pair of unanswered goals to draw even, but the efforts of the Wildcats’ penalty kill would fight back as Wagner would get another shorthanded marker from Shelton to get the lead back to Dodge County.
As the Wildcats tried to hang on, a shot from Wildfire forward Chloe McEnelly would glance off of Gabby Suhr’s glove and trickle into the net to send the game into overtime tied at three a piece.