ANTIGO - Katie Detert set the program record for single-season goals fewer than two minutes into the game, and she finished with a hat trick to lead Northern Edge to a 7-3 victory over Medford Saturday night at the Langlade County Multi-Purpose Building.
Detert's three goals put her at 34 for the season, surpassing Nikki Kloes' Northern Edge record set in 2009.
"It just shows how much hard work she puts in, and how much she does in the offseason," Edge co-coach Jon Forster said after the game.
Two other players had two goals apiece for the Edge, as Lauren Smith made improved her goal total to 22 on the season and Grace Hogar got her first two goals.
The Edge fired 40 shots on Medford goalie Makayla Hanson, while Shea Petersen saved 18 of Medford's 21 shots.
"She played okay. She's pretty sick. She was having a tough time before the game, and that's why those two floaters went in," Forster said of Petersen.
The win keeps Northern Edge in position to seek a Great Northern Conference championship, with games against league frontrunners Northland Pines and Stevens Point-Wisconsin Rapids coming up next week.
On Saturday, the Edge faced Medford for the second time in a week. Coming off a 11-1 win against the Raiders on Tuesday, they netted four goals in the first period and added a fifth before Medford got on the board.
"It was nice to get out there and get a quick lead," Forster said.
Lizzy Lemke scored in the second period and Sienna Demulling had goals just 16 seconds apart in the third period to account for the Raiders' scoring.
Medford went 1-3 on power plays, while the Edge scored on just one of five.
"I thought our penalty kill was great. I thought our power play needs to be a little more crisp," Forster said.
Northern Edge will face conference leader Northland Pines in Eagle River on Monday evening. A win for the Edge would slide them into a tie in the loss column with the Eagles.
"We're looking forward to that game, because we didn't have one of our better skaters, Taylor Trachte was out the first time. We're looking to go up there, and get ahead quick," Forster said.
The Edge will return to the Langlade County Multi-Purpose Building to close the regular season against third-place Point-Rapids on Thursday.
PARK FALLS - Many families began their Thanksgiving Day with a run this morning. Topping off the holiday with a "trot" around town may not appeal to everyone, but for these families it was a way to spend time with one another.
"Trot now so we can pie later," said Steph Schultz, a runner in the Park Falls Turkey Trot.
Families used the Turkey Trot 5K in Park Falls as a way to bond.
RHINELANDER - Nineteen months ago, 10 police agencies surrounded the Tripoli home of Kenneth Welsh.
Police say Welsh caused a three-hour standoff, threatened to blow up his house, and threatened to kill his wife.
Later in court, he was convicted of two felonies and sentenced to three years in prison by Oneida County Judge Michael Bloom.
But now, those convictions and prison sentence have been erased. This month, while in prison, Welsh argued he didn't fully understand all the elements of one of the crimes to which he pleaded no contest, first-degree recklessly endangering safety. Welsh's motion put some of the blame on his defense attorney, Rod Streicher.
RHINELANDER - You might be planning on waiting in line on Black Friday or sitting behind a computer on Cyber Monday. But in Rhinelander and other Northwoods cities, Small Business Saturday is another day to mark on the calendar.
Dawn Allen sold her goods at craft shows for years, but had always wanted to try something different.
"It was my dream to open up a shop one day," said Allen, the owner of Briar House on Keenen Street. So she opened Briar House in Rhinelander 21 years ago.
Allen sells women's clothes, shoes, accessories and has a full espresso bar.
But one of her favorite parts of the job is the community support.
"It's like a family here, it's more of a destination coming here I believe," said Allen.
RHINELANDER - This holiday season, you might want to tell your child to hug family members at holiday gatherings.
The Girls Scouts of the USA hopes you won't. The organization is saying daughters don't owe anyone physical affection, and that the expectation of hugs and kisses could have bad aftereffects later in life.
"I think for some people, it is a new concept," said Melissa K., the domestic violence coordinator at Tri-County Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual assault, which is based in Rhinelander.
In a post, the Girl Scouts of the USA told parents their daughters don't "owe anyone a hug. Not even at the holidays."
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