- Entering this season, Northern Edge girls hockey head coach, Kevin Sandstrom, didn't know who would be his team's goalie.
"We learned pretty quickly, second game of the season, in a 55 save effort that there was no choice," said Sandstrom.
No other choice than to put one of the team's best skaters between the pipes.
"I actually asked the question, 'how many goals can you score?' And she said 'I'd like to score three or four.' I said 'well, I'm going to need you to score ten.' She said 'I don't think I can do that.' And so I told her 'then we're going to need you to play goalie,'" said Sandstrom.
Just like that, Alicia Turunen changed her focus from scoring pucks to stopping them.
"I know that we needed a good goalie this year and I just like to make our team better," said Turunen.
As a forward, she scored five goals for Edge last year. Then she opened this season with two more in the team's first game. But those numbers don't compare to how well she's played as the team's backstop.
"You look at some of the saves she did make and you realized six [goals] could easily be a 12 or a 13," said Sandstrom.
The Antigo sophomore has routinely kept Edge in games against stiff competition while adding a couple of shutout victories along the way. She's made at least 35 saves in eight different games. But she says there's more she'd like to accomplish.
"As a team I want to win a few more games. Individually I want to get a few more shutouts and hopefully win best conference goalie," said Turunen.
As for the future, the plan is to keep Turunen in net, but maybe not all the time.
"I like playing goalie for Northern Edge but I like to skate out [as a forward] a couple games if I can," said Turunen.
Northern Edge had two shutout wins in its last two games. The team will go for three in a row against Medford on Thursday.