Pines’ Emma Sima (No. 11) works through a poke check from Arrowhead’s Norah Hazelton during the second half Friday.
Pines’ Emma Sima (No. 11) works through a poke check from Arrowhead’s Norah Hazelton during the second half Friday.
In what was as equal a battle as the Northland Pines girls hockey team has seen in a while, the Eagles tied visiting Arrowhead 1-1 Friday night inside the Eagle River Recreation Association Dome.

“While we didn’t come away with a win, very happy with how the girls played,” head coach Patrick Schmidt said. 

As Pines has done all season, they came out hard in the first putting 13 shots on goal across the first 17 minutes, but were unable to score.

Neither team for that matter was able to scratch across a goal in the first two periods, although Pines had three power-play opportunities afforded to them; one in the first period and two more in the second.

In the third, Pines got the lead with six minutes gone when Madison Stebbeds found herself on the doorstep and rebounded her own shot on assists from Allie Kieffer and Grace Wittkopf.

Up 1-0, the Eagles leaned on their defense and goalie Ashlyn Boxrucker, who over the course of the evening stopped 23 of the 24 shots she faced. The one that got by came with just over two minutes to play in the game as Norah Hazelton cleaned up a garbage goal off a Natalie Hazelton shot, tying the game at 1-1.

That would be all the offense either team could muster, though Arrowhead did rattle one shot off the crossbar two minutes into the overtime period.

Pines too had two shots at Arrowhead goalie Emma Tate, who ended the night stopping 29 of 30 shots Pines put on goal.

The Eagles skated a very clean game as they were whistled for just one penalty across 59 minutes, that being a two-minute hooking penalty whistled on Hannah Krams­­vogel in the third and which Pines’ special teams had little trouble killing.

The goal for Stebbeds keeps her goal streak alive at three straight games now as she’s recorded six already across the first five games.

Pines’ record sits at 2-2-1 as they head south this weekend to face the Black River Falls Co-op. The following Monday the team will be at home and face the newly formed Northern Edge Co-op which now includes Antigo, Tomahawk, Rhinelander and Lakeland Union High School.

This will be the first matchup of the teams since the addition of Lakeland and Tomahawk to the co-op. It will also not be a conference contest after the disbanding of the Great Northern Conference girls hockey league this past year.

It will however likely carry leverage come the end of February when the teams meet for playoff seeding purposes.

Game time for the Eagles’ contest with Northern Edge is set for 5 p.m. Monday at the Dome.