Red Wing’s Nicole Schammel is a sophomore with a senior’s confidence.
She was unfazed when Hutchinson took a two-goal lead in the third period. And when the opportunity came in overtime to win the game, she did not flinch.
Schammel’s fourth goal decided a back-and-forth game won 6-5 by the Wingers at 3:53 of the eight-minute extra session. No. 4 seed Red Wing outlasted Hutchinson in Wednesday’s final Class 1A state girls’ hockey tournament quarterfinal game at the Xcel Energy Center.
When the puck came out in the slot, past players from each team who jostled for position, Schammel said she “just knew I was going to score and we were going to be done.”
The Wingers looked near finished as the Tigers’ Claire Cripps scored her second goal of the game on a bomb of a shot that required video review. The goal, and Hutchinson’s 5-3 lead, stood.
“We felt we had a handle on things at that point,” Tigers coach Mitch Fabel said. “But Red Wing brought great energy after that and we had some defensive breakdowns.”
Schammel knew she had to take advantage.
“I always knew we were going to come back if we capitalized on our chances,” she said.
She backed it up with a pair of third period goals to force overtime. Wednesday’s four goals give her 50 this season.
“Nicole has been terrific for us all year,” Wingers coach Scott Haley said. “I wasn’t as confident as she was.”
Schammel’s performance owed in large part to Reagan Haley’s five assists. Paige Haley and Emily Stegora added goals for Red Wing. Hutchinson’s Sara Carlson scored twice and added two assists.
Red Wing outshot Hutchinson 42-26 in the game.
Nicole Schammel, Red Wing
She already had completed a hat trick at the end of regulation but Nicole Schammel was not done yet. In overtime, she dumped home the game winning goal to send her team to the semifinal round.