RIVER FALLS, Wis. -- In the first of two games in four nights against Chippewa Falls/Menomonie, the St. Croix Valley Fusion skated to a 5-3 victory over the Sabers Tuesday night, Jan. 12, in Baldwin, but the Sabers flipped the script by taking a 6-2 decision from the Fusion Friday night, Jan. 15, in Chippewa Falls.
The spilt with the Sabers was sandwiched between a 3-0 loss to the Western Wisconsin Stars Monday, Jan. 11, and a 6-2 victory over the Eau Claire/Altoona Stars Saturday, Jan. 16, and left the Fusion with a record of 6-6-0 heading into their road game at Hudson Tuesday, Jan. 19.
Last Tuesday at home against Chippewa Falls/Menomonie, Jaden Woiwode scored two goals, including the go-ahead goal 19 seconds into the third period, and Olivia Dumond finished with 32 saves in a 5-3 Fusion victory.
Woiwode scored her second goal 5:49 into the third to extend the Fusion lead to 4-2 and Jadyn Erickson scored just over a minute later before CF/M scored a late goal to make the final 5-3.
Tyan Mittl scored the only goal of the first period to five the Fusion a 1-0 lead while Juneau Paulsen’s second period goal was sandwiched between a pair of Saber scores to make it a 2-2 game after two.
Trinity Mittl assisted on three of St. Croix Valley’s five goals while Paulson, Kendall Sundby and Makenzie Weiss earned one assist each.
Friday night in Chippewa Falls, the Sabers scored three times in the second period to break open a close game on their way to a 6-2 win.
Trinity Mittl’s power-play goal at the 12:48 mark of the first period, assisted by Weiss and Paulsen, cut Chippewa Falls’ lead to 2-1, but the Sabers scored three goals in the second to open up a 5-1 lead. Jenna Bergmanis opened the third with an unassisted goal for St. Croix Valley but that’s as close as they could get.
DuMond finished with 30 saves as the Fusion outshot the Sabers 43-36.
Saturday in River Falls, the Fusion jumped on Eau Claire/Altoona for four goals in the first period on their way to a 6-2 victory.
Trinity Mittl, Bella Rasmuson, Bergmanis and Tyann Mittl accounted for the first period goals with Tyann Mittl also picking up two assists and Sundby and Woiwode one each.
ECA made it a 4-2 game midway through the second but Paulsen scored a pair of shorthanded goals, one late in the second and the other midway through the third, to make the final 6-2.
Dumond made 23 saves as the Fusion outshot the Stars 37-25.
Western Wisconsin pitches pair of shutouts
After shutting out the St. Croix Valley Fusion 3-0 Monday, Jan. 11, in Somerset, the Western Wisconsin Stars beat Northland Pines by the identical score on the road Saturday, Jan. 16, in Eagle River.
Stars’ goalie Lauren Sobczak stopped all 20 shots she faced against St. Croix Valley and all 26 from Northland Pines as the second-ranked Stars improved to 10-3-0 on the season.
Erin Huerta scored two goals and Ellie Brice had a goal and assist in Monday’s win over the Fusion while Brice scored twice and Josie Sawicki once in Saturday’s victory in Eagle River.
The Stars will host the Eau Claire/Altoona Stars Tuesday, Jan. 18, before visiting Superior Friday, Jan. 22.