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Girls Hockey: Wingers topple Chisago Lakes in top 10 clash

Red Wing's Reagan Haley (17) and Emily Stegora (19) embrace teammate Nicole Schammel following Schammel's third-period goal against Chisago Lakes Tuesday at Prairie Island Arena. Schammel scored three goals in the Wingers' 6-1 victory. Photo by Joe Brown/Republican Eagle1 / 3
Red Wing's Nicole Schammel (right) tries to snap a shot past Chisago Lakes defender Morgan Huberty during the first period Tuesday at Prairie Island Arena. Photo by Joe Brown2 / 3
Red Wing's Paige Haley (16) fights off Chisago Lakes' Delaney Doriott for control of the puck. Photo by Joe Brown3 / 3

Tied at 1 in the second period, Chisago Lakes looked at a prime scoring opportunity when Allison Borgstrom got free for a breakaway before Red Wing goaltender Ashley Corcoran came up with a key save.

The Wingers recovered the puck, and Reagan Haley popped in a goal from the point to put the Wingers ahead 2-1.

From there, the momentum snowballed for fifth-ranked Red Wing, which dominated the rest of the way to defeat No. 8-ranked Chisago Lakes 6-1 at Prairie Island Arena.

"After Ashley got that stop on the breakaway, we were unstoppable the rest of the way," said Wingers head coach Scott Haley.

Tuesday's non-conference game was a matchup between two teams in the Class 1A state tournament last season, with the Wingers and Wildcats finishing fourth and fifth, respectively.

Coming off a 10-1 thrashing of Rochester Mayo on Saturday, Scott Haley said the first period against Chisago Lakes was the worst period his team has played in the young season. Things looked promising when Nicole Schammel got a steal at center ice, carving her way through the Wildcats' defense, burying a backhand for the 1-0 advantage with 8 minutes, 8 seconds left in the opening period.

Notching four points in the season opener, Schammel put up her second-straight hat trick on Tuesday.

"She does a really good job of going to the net and then controlling herself when she gets there," Scott Haley said of Schammel. "That's how you get it done: you go to the net and you get goals."

With the Wingers' Maddie Flack serving two minutes in the penalty box for tripping, Chisago Lakes tied the game later in the period when Amy Budde fought through traffic in front of the net, poking the puck past Corcoran.

Scott Haley admitted that Red Wing's puck movement was lacking, and strong play by Amanda Shoquist in net was giving the high-powered Wingers offense some fits.

"She was phenomenal," Scott Haley said of the Wildcats' goalie. "She robbed us in the first and parts of the second."

But once Red Wing broke through with Reagan Haley's goal, there was no slowing down.

Following Reagan Haley's goal, the Wingers were on the man advantage, where Paige Haley got the puck at the point and sniped the puck into the net for the two-goal advantage. Flack and Schammel both put in goals late in the second, putting Red Wing up 5-1 through two periods.

After a more deliberate attack against Mayo on Saturday, Scott Haley said the Wingers' offense was more free-flowing against the Wildcats on Tuesday.

"We were thinking more than we probably should have been (in the first period)," Scott Haley said. "In the second, we were reading and reacting. ... The way we were getting our goals tonight was more on the transition."

Strong defense played dividends in the third when Emily Stegora led a 2-on-1 breakaway, where Schammel scooped up a rebound for her third goal of the night just 2:16 into the period.

Red Wing continues its four-game home stand Thursday, hosting Mahtomedi in a non-conference contest.

Joe Brown

Joe Brown is the sports editor for the Red Wing Republican Eagle. Previously, he worked at the Marshall Independent and the St. Cloud Times. For updates on local sports, follow Joe on Twitter at @RE_JBrown.

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