EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) - The Eau Claire-Altoona girls hockey team doesn’t just shine bright because they’re the Stars. They dominate the ice because of their star power. Forwards Abigail Stow and Ava Kison provide the ultimate 1-2 scoring punch and it’s no surprise why they play so well together.
“We’ve been on the same team for like as long as I can remember," said ECA Stars junior Ava Kison. "So, we’ve been linemates for a really long time, really good friends for a long time. So, we just work super well together.”
“We’re kind of like. We’re like the same player kind of. So, we know exactly where we’re going to be," added ECA Stars senior Abigail Stow. "Even if we don’t hear each other - we don’t call for it - we kind of, when you’ve been playing together for so long you kind of get a feel for each other.”
Stow leads the ECA Stars in points with 37 and not far behind her is Kison with 33. They’re virtual locks to record a goal and an assist per game. Even through 12 contests, you only need a few fingers to count the amount of times they’ve been blanked in either category this year.
“You’ve got two girls that are finishers and that’s very uncommon in girls hockey to have two girls that are together that every time they’re on the ice they have the ability to score a goal," explained ECA Stars head coach Thomas Bernhardt. "They work really hard down low on the offensive zone. You talk about puck possession, they have the puck on their stick the majority of the time when they’re on the ice and those are things that make it very difficult to defend you know for the opponents.”
“You can stick two players on Ava, but then you leave me open or if you do it vice versa. Even if you try to stick two players on both of us, there’s somebody else that’s open," said Stow. "So, it’s just hard to stop when there’s two of us out there I guess.”
Showing no signs of slowing down at the halfway point of the regular season, this team seems destined to continue its success behind the sticks of Stow and Kison. The ECA Stars will try to capture their first Big Rivers win of the season Thursday night when they host St. Croix Valley.