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Wildfire Sweeps RSL
Jan. 23, 2018
Madison Wildfire is establishing itself as the club to beat this season in RSL. The Wildfire High School and Middle School teams went undefeated in 5 games on Saturday, January 13 at their home rink.
Despite two days of pouring rain and near freezing temperatures the night before, the rink was dry and ready for competition, thanks to the efforts of MHL Rink Manager Dave Sisson and a crew of volunteers including a few from the visiting teams. Puck drop for the first game took place just one hour behind the original schedule, and the rest of the day flowed smoothly. The Fauquier Dragons, Ashburn Fury, Fredericksburg Phantoms, and Winchester Storm brought teams out to the MHL Rink for a fun day of competition. The Rinky Dink Café was rocking all day long, selling coffee and hot chocolate along with delicious food to keep the players and their fans in tip top shape. The AAU-sanctioned refs braved cold temps all day long with nary a complaint. The scorekeepers worked through difficulties with electronic equipment to keep games on schedule. Most importantly, the players gave their fans a lot to cheer about and had a great time battling the competition.
The day began with a contest between the Wildfire and Dragons Middle School teams. Both teams got off to a sluggish start, and it was late in the first period before the first goal was scored on a Wildfire power play by Corey to make the score 1-0. Caleb answered for the Dragons midway through the second to tie it up. With just under six minutes left in the game, Jake S. scored what turned out to be the GWG for the Wildfire. Four minutes later, he added an insurance goal, assisted by Jake J. Final: Wildfire 3, Dragons 1
The next game for Madison was a high school contest between Wildfire and the Dragons. The Dragons were missing three skilled players, Warzinski and the Fischers. Wildfire wasted no time capitalizing on the Dragons’ misfortune, scoring three goals in the first period. Two were from Ethan (assisted by Cole and Brayden) and one from Brayden (assisted by Ethan). Following intermission, Wildfire built on their lead, with two goals from Jake S. while parked at the Dragons’ back door (both set up by Ethan); one from Ryan (assisted by Cole); and one from Cole (assisted by Ethan). Final: Wildfire 7, Dragons 0
The second game of the day for the Wildfire middle school team had them facing off against Ashburn Fury. Fury is a very young team, with all players in the sixth grade. They borrowed an older player from Winchester to supplement their short bench. Although they battled hard, Fury was no match for the strength of Wildfire. Connor got the scoring started with an assist from Cole, followed by an unassisted goal from Jake S. to put Wildfire up 2-0. Jake F. answered for Fury to cut the Wildfire lead in half, but that was all the Fury offense Wildfire would allow for the rest of the game. Jake J. and Nate doubled the Wildfire lead in the first to go up 4-1 by halftime. The second period was all Wildfire, with goals coming from Cai, Jake S., Connor, and Cole. Jake J. had 2 assists and Cole had 1. Final: Wildfire 8, Fury 1
The third middle school game for Wildfire was against Fredericksburg Phantoms. Andrew was looking for an opportunity to skate with his team, so Cole went in goal for Wildfire. Wildfire built a nice lead off a goal from Jake J., 2 goals from Corey (1 assisted by Colie the goalie), and 2 from Jake S. Austin scored 1 in the first for the Phantoms, so Wildfire led 5-1 at halftime. The second period was a much closer contest, with Wildfire getting only two goals: one from Corey, assisted by Connor, and one in the final minute from Jake S. The Phantoms also had a second period goal from Cole C. Final: Wildfire 7, Phantoms 2
The last game of the day was between two high school teams, Wildfire and Storm. It looked a lot like the first high school game, with Wildfire shutting out Storm. Ethan was responsible for 5 goals against Storm, getting assists from Cole, Brayden, and Luke. Ryan had two goals, with an assist from Brayden. Brayden had a goal of his own, assisted by Luke, and Cole scored an unassisted goal. Final: Wildfire 9, Storm 0
Congratulations to the Wildfire high school and middle school teams on a fantastic day of undefeated play, and many thanks to the MHL volunteers who worked so hard to make it happen. Kudos to Wildfire goalies Mitchell, Andrew and Cole for allowing only 4 goals in 5 games.
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