Red Panthers edge THS out of playoffs
The old adage of how it’s difficult to defeat the same team three times in one year came true on Thursday night, when the Point/Rapids co-op took down Tomahawk 4-3.
The Red Panthers burst out of the blocks at SARA Park with back-to-back goals by Bryar Brooks and another from Megan Nelson with 5:51 left in the first.
“Tomahawk came out flat and the Pointers scored three unanswered goals in the first 12 minutes of the first period,” THS coach Greg Vallier said. “Tomahawk changed the game for the next two periods clawing their way back to tie the game up in the third period showing their true determination and that never-give-up attitude they have portrayed all year.
“Tomahawk pressed hard late in the third with Erika Vallier just missing on a break away and (Rylie) Flohr and (Taylor) Tomaszewski having chances right in the house, but (Emily) Bubla came up with huge saves taking the game to O.T. Tomahawk pressed early in the O.T and brought the fourth period to 41 seconds when Haily Ehr made a great shot to put it past the outstretched arm of (Erin) Sparks.”
Erika Vallier pulled THS back into the game with a pair of unassisted second-period goals, a short-handed one with 13:07 left and an even-strength tally 3:07 later. Flohr (A- Tomazewsi, Vallier) tied it on the power play with 3:48 to go.
Saves–THS–Sparks 9-10-14-7–40. PR–Bubla 3-5-9-0–17.
Despite the disappointing loss, the local girls performed very well over the 2014-15 campaign.
“Tomahawk ended a great season with a 13-11-1 record, which is the best girls record for Tomahawk surpassing their 11-win season last year,” Vallier said.