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.
RHINELANDER - After the vendors closed up at the end of the first Hodag Farmers Market of the season, several people stayed behind to honor the man who started the market.
That's Douglas Jacobson, and he died last October.
His son, Jonathan Jacobson, said Douglas Jacobson was a big part of the Rhinelander community‚Ä"serving as Lions Club president, being part of many clubs and being a landscape architect for the U.S. Forest Service.
The Jacobson family and Rhinelander city leaders worked to dedicate a bench in his honor in Pioneer Park. That bench went up on Saturday, just off the road that leads into the park.
"He was a pioneer in helping to establish the Hodag Farmers Market many years ago. And from those humble beginnings, the market vendors, the patrons that arrive here, the citizens of Rhinelander, and those in the community have a wonderful place to come to get fresh, home grown, locally grown vegetables," Jonathan Jacobson said. "It was a great event. It was really nice to have everybody stop out and pay attention to what my dad's been doing and acknowledge all the effort he put into the farmers market for many years. And not only that, dad was a great citizen here in the Rhinelander community."
RHINELANDER - You'll likely find some slow-moving guests on the road this weekend. Turtles start laying their eggs in late May and continue through mid-June. But, because of where they like to lay those eggs, it's a dangerous time for the reptiles.
Wild Instincts Rehab Center in Rhinelander treats at least 30 injured turtles each summer. Painted and snapping turtles are most common in the Northwoods. They tend to lay their eggs along roadsides, driveways, and in places with soft sand.
ANTIGO - For the first time since 2013, deer hunters in Langlade and Price counties will be able to target does with an antlerless deer tag in hand.
This week, Wisconsin's Natural Resources Board approved the fall hunt plans submitted by County Deer Advisory Councils (CDACs) all over the state. Langlade and Price counties had had bucks-only harvests in each of the last two deer seasons. But in 2016, some hunters will get antlerless tags as well.
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