Bella Rasmuson started and Trinity Mittl finished for the St. Croix Valley Fusion against the Western Wisconsin Stars Dec. 28.
Rasmuson scored two goals in the first two periods. Mittl then scored two goals within a six-minute span in the third period, keying the Fusion’s 6-2 win over the Stars.
Rasmuson’s first goal came at the six-minute mark of the first period off the assist from Tyann Mittl. Ally Noll then scored her first goal of the season early in the second period to make the score 2-0. Sammie Johnson and Makenzie Weiss were credited with the assists on that goal. Rasmuson’s second goal came at the 12-minute mark of the second period off the assists from Tyann Mittl and Kiara Therraiult.
After Trinity’s goals, Tyann Mittl scored the game’s final goal at the 10-minute mark of the third period.
Tyann Mittl finished with a three-point night, while Trinity Mittl, Rasmuson and Jaden Woiwode each had a two-point night. Jenna Bergmanis, Kendall Sundby, Natalie Roussopoulos, Weiss, Johnson and Therriault each had an assist.
Olivia Dumond stopped 19 shots to earn the win. The Fusion defense stopped both Stars’ power play attempts.
“Olivia Dumond was the difference,” Fusion coach Matt Cranston said.
The following night, the Fusion faced Hudson and fell 6-4, despite outshooting the Raiders 26-17.
Nikki Olund had the hat trick for the Raiders, including the game’s final goal with 20 seconds left on an empty netter. She also added an assist.
The Fusion scored the game’s first goal. Jenna Bergmanis scored on the power play with the assists from Makenzie Weiss and Jadyn Erickson.
Hudson scored the next three goals, before Kiara Therriault scored halfway through the second period off the assist from Tyann Mittl, to make the score 3-2.
The Fusion could never get the game-tying goal as Hudson always had an answer. Kendall Sundby and Jaden Woiwode scored the last two Fusion goals.
Olivia Dumond stopped 11 shots for the Fusion.
“This was a typical Hudson versus Fusion game,” Cranston said. “Up and down the ice with lots of scoring chances and very physical with lots of penalties.”
The Fusion finished 1-for-6 on the power play. Hudson was 0-for-5.
Cranston also added he was pleased with his team’s defensive effort, as it limited Hudson to only eight shots the first two periods.