Girls Hockey: Red Wing extinguishes red-hot Mayo
Rochester Mayo was a better squad than it was the first time they met up with Red Wing.
Since that Nov. 18 encounter, a 7-0 Wingers win, the Spartans were winners of six straight and was outscoring opponents 40-14.
Against a red-hot team, fourth-ranked (Class A) Red Wing wanted to show its offensive superiority.
"Before the game, we said we wanted to get 50 shots and we wanted to hold them to 15," said senior forward Taylor Heise.
That goal wasn't too far from reality, with Red Wing holding a 49-27 advantage in shots on goals. And with five goals from Heise, the Wingers were able to end Mayo's win streak with a 6-2 victory Tuesday at Prairie Island Arena.
Thirty-nine seconds into the game, Heise put in her first goal, with an assist from Kendal Swanson. But Mayo responded at 5:49 of the first period after Lindsey Grafstrom recovered a Megan Adair shot and snuck the rebound past Winger goaltender Tyler McGrath.
"Before the game we were focused because of their win streak. We didn't want to overlook them," said Heise, who scored her second goal off an assist from Meg Grove at 9:27 of the first. "The first time we didn't come out very strong and that was in the back of our minds. Once we came and saw they were going to hit us hard and not give up, we knew we had to keep going hard every single time."
At the 2:59 mark of the second, Heise netted her seventh hat trick of the season as Grove picked up her second assist. After a ho-hum first period, the pressure was on for Red Wing to pick it up.
"Scott (Haley, the Wingers' head coach) laid it onto us because we weren't playing well in the first," Heise said. "He told us, 'You're either getting your skate in now or tomorrow,' and we were like, we're going to get it now."
The Spartans made it a one-goal game later in the second as Brooke Leone converted on a penalty shot. Forty-three seconds later, Heise had her fourth goal on an unassisted attempt.
Up 4-2 after two periods, Heise popped in her fifth goal at the 0:41 mark on the power play, with an assist from Emily Hart. Red Wing converted one more power-play in the third as Elle Bryant netted her fourth goal of the year, with assists from Nicole Oberding and Heise.
"Mayo's good, but they get shaky once you get a couple on them," said Heise, who has 33 goals on the year.
Winners of four straight, Red Wing (11-2, 5-1 Big Nine) will play in the Farmington holiday tournament, starting on Wednesday, Dec. 27.