The WIAA State Hockey Tournament is nothing new for the D.C. Everest Co-op. The second seeded Central Wisconsin Storm is making its 12th straight trip to the Alliant Energy Center.
“We won the state championship in 2017 and it was really incredible, but when you’re a senior and to end with such a big bang like that…I hope I get to experience that,” Storm center Sarah Croker said.
The Storm has weathered its mid-season offensive slump. Head coach Pete Susens says Central Wisconsin couldn’t find the net for a short period, but found its footing and ended on a high note.
The Storm goes head to head in the semifinals with the team it beat in the final game of the regular season, third seeded Hudson.
“We’ve been watching our film and critiquing what we’ve been doing to make sure that we’re ready to face them,” Storm right wing Macy Stepan said. “Overall, we know it’s going to be a really good game, we just have to be ready for it.”
Both teams play similar styles and are equally skilled, but the Storm girls say they have some extra motivation on their side after falling in the state semifinals last year.
“That feeling of losing at state is one that you’ll remember forever, so we’re definitely wanting to bring that back this year,” Stepan said. “We’re hungry to win, so I know we can put up a fight for it.”
The Central Wisconsin Storm plays its first game Friday at noon.