WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (WAOW) — Joey Schemenauer scored the game-wining goal in overtime and the Chippewa Falls/Menomonie girls hockey team capped an incredible season with a state championship Saturday.
The Sabers edged University School of Milwaukee 3-2 at South Wood County Rink in Wisconsin Rapids in a game seen on WQOW.
"To finally be here and rush out and cheer for everybody and just pile on each other. It's still not real," senior Sidney Polzin said.
"This is probably the toughest route in the whole state out of girls hockey to try and win a state championship," head coach Tony Menard said. "These girls were so determined to put the hard work in day-in and day-out because they knew at the beginning of the season this was something that they wanted. Really happy for them the way they finished and I couldn't have asked for a better group to do it with."
Penalties early in the first period caused power plays and four-on-four play, but neither team was able to score.
The teams, well matched offensively and defensively, got few shots on goal in the period. Chippewa Falls got 6, University School of Milwaukee had one.
But, that one shot by Emily Mueller led to the only goal of the period.
Both teams looked to get more shots on goal in the second period, and both were able to do so. But the Chippewa’s 11 shots and Milwaukee’s 5 were all saved by the goalies.
The score remained 1-0 heading into the third period. Only 40 seconds in to the third period, Ella Ausman scored the first goal for Chippewa Falls Co-op with an assist from Sidney Polzin.
It was a play that went under review, as there was question initially as to if the puck went past the goal line.
After shooting at Chippewa Falls goalie Caroline O'Dell three times, the fourth shot, courtesy of Jordan Bonk, went in.
Just a couple minutes later, Chippewa Falls answered with a goal from Polzin, the player of the Year in Wisconsin, to force overtime.