It didn’t take long for the Rock County Fury to bury the visiting Badger Lightning.
The Fury scored nine goals in the first period and coasted to a 12-1 victory in their regional final matchup Friday at the Janesville Ice Arena. Rock County set a program record for goals in a single game.
Dani Heitsman kicked things off in the opening minute with an even-strength goal. By the time the period was over, the Fury had scored four goals at even strength, one on the power play and four more while on the penalty kill.
“The girls came out fast and they were focused and ready to play and that showed early on,” said Fury head coach Luke Steurer, whose team improved to 20-3-2-1.
Rock County, ranked No. 5 in the state, will host the Madison Metro Lynx in a sectional semifinal Tuesday in Janesville. Rock County has defeated the Lynx twice this season, shutting them out 5-0 on Dec. 12 and 6-0 on Jan. 25.
Seven different Rock County players scored goals in the first period Friday. Steurer said that scoring depth will be necessary as his team hopes to continue to move further into the playoffs.
“It’s very important,” he said. “We have three lines that can score and it helps when we can spread out the scoring.”
The Fury added two goals in the second period and another in the third. Badger’s only goal came in the second period after Rock County pulled goalie McKaylie Buescher.
Zoie Steig scored twice and had two assists in the game. She says the team is ready for what lies ahead.
“We all have fun but we’re still focused. We’re going to come to practice and work hard. The next few games aren’t going to be easy. It’s going to be tough,” Steig said.
Alyssa Knauf led the Fury with two goals and three assists.
ROCK COUNTY 12, BADGER 1
Badger 0 1 0—1
Rock County 9 1 2—12
RC—Dani Heitsman (Anika Einbeck, Alyssa Knauf), 16:33. RC—Haley Knauf (Zoie Steig), sh, 14:41. RC—Maggy Henschler (Steig, Heitsman), pp, 13:09. RC—Steig (Heitsman, Henschler), 9:54. RC—Presley Kovacevich (A. Knauf, H. Knauf), 9:17. RC—Henschler (Burk), sh, 4:18. RC—A. Knauf (Einbeck), sh, 3:24. RC—A. Knauf (Heitsman), sh, 3:09. RC—Anne Runde (Henschler), 0:57.
RC—H. Knauf (Einbeck, A. Knauf), 7:30. B—Allison Knull (Bergan Brandt, Izzy Dubray), 1:59. RC—Kovacevich (Kaitlynn Beyer, A. Knauf), 0:35.
RC—Steig (H. Knauf), 6:31.
Saves—McKaylie Buescher (RC) 1, Brooke Teubert (RC) 5, Natalie Buss (B) 20.