CHIPPEWA FALLS – The top goalie in independent girls hockey led her team to a playoff win on Thursday.
After being named the first-team goalie for teams not aligned with a conference, Grantsburg’s Emma Quimby saved all but one shot she faced for the Hayward co-op on Thursday in a 2-1 first-round win over Chippewa Falls-Menomonie. She made 16 saves in regulation and didn’t need to make a save in overtime, where the Hurricanes secured the win less than three minutes in.
Neither team got on the board in the first period but the Sabers took a 1-0 lead in the second with a goal at even strength. The Hurricanes were scoreless through two period and most of the third before getting the game-tying goal.
Jerzy Petit scored an unassisted goal at even strength to tie the game at 1-1 with five minutes remaining in regulation. The tie remained until Chippewa Falls-Menomonie was called for a minor penalty early in overtime, giving Hayward a power play. Kennedy Sprenger made it count less than a minute later, scoring the game-winning goal off an assist from Soile Doyle.
Hayward held a 35-17 advantage in shots and went without drawing a penalty in the game.
The win gave Quimby a 12-10-2 record in goal for Hayward; she garnered the first-team goalie status with a 2.07 goals-against average and a 91.9 save percentage entering the game. She’s had four shutout wins this season for the Hurricanes and allowed fewer than 50 total goals in more than 1,200 minutes played in the 2019-2020 season.
Hayward drew a second-round matchup with Eau Claire.