Thunderbirds fall to Evergreens

The Baraboo/Portage Thunderbirds hit the road Monday night, dropping a 5-1 decision to the DC Everest Evergreens at Greenheck Field House in Schofield.

The T-Birds trailed 1-0 after a period and the host Evergreens added two more before Oliver Scanlan fired the lone T-Birds goal of the contest, from Will Gunnell and Aidan Collins with a little over a minute to play in the second period.

The home team notched two more goals, 38-seconds apart in the final five minutes of the match, erasing any thoughts of a comeback by the visiting Thunderbirds.

Dane Hinz was the busiest player in the game, turning aside 37 shots as the host squad outshot its guest 42-20.

The loss drops the Baraboo side back to .500 on the season at 10-10-1. The locals will be on the ice again tonight at Pierce Park Pavilion against the visiting West Salem Panthers in its final home game of the regular season.

On Friday, the Thunderbirds will be in Lake Delton to play RWD and the regular season will end next Tuesday at Beaver Dam.

Backeberg’s buzzer beater lifts Squirt B Cyclones to state berth

James Bond would have been proud.

The Squirts Cyclones posed for a quick picture after its Regional Semi-final win against Oregon Saturday amid their locker room celebration.

Noah Backeberg sank the clinching goal for the South Central Squirt B Cyclones with 007 (seven seconds) to play in the contest, not only lifting the Cyclones into the Wisconsin Amateur Hockey Association (WAHA) Region 4 Squirt 2B championship match with the 2-1 win against Oregon but clinching a spot at the State Championship tournament.

Coach Justin Messer’s Squirt ‘B’ squad dropped a 5-0 decision I the championship game but were granted a spot at the dance as a Region 1 Representative as that northern Wisconsin group did not have a team at that level.

Matthew Stando collected an assist on the Backeberg goal and is was his twin brother Andrew Stando getting the Cyclones on the board with the opening goal, 6:29 from the end of the second period. Oregon tied the game about four minutes later.

Cyclone goaltender Jesse Arnold turned aside all but one of the 18 shots he faced to backstop the win.

The Squirt B’s were the only team of the eight SCC Cyclones to play in a championship game and despite a 5-0 loss to Janesville Bluebirds in the championship game, the Division 4 Runners Up will move on as a Division 1 representative – the Northern Region not having a team at the Squirt 2B level this season.

The Cyclones will open play at the eight-team state tournament against Elmbrook Falcons at 11:30 a.m. and could get another shot at Janesville in the next round depending on how both teams fare in their respective openers.

The other two SCC squirt entries faced some tough competition but the Squirt A squad put up a good battle against the Oregon Panthers before falling 5-3. The Panthers advanced to the Regional final, dropping a 3-2 decision to the Bluebirds.

The Squirt C team, made up primarily of younger players that will benefit from a year’s experience as second year squirts next season, dropped a tough decision to McFarland Friday night.

U-12 Badger Lightning

The U-12 Badger Lightning did not have to qualify and as host of the U-12 B State Championship tournament (See story — Lightning and Monkeys hosting State Tournaments).

Peewees

The Peewee A team was in a tough pool, facing the Bluebirds in its Regional semi-final on Saturday night, coming up short in a shutout loss. McFarland will go on to represent the Region at the State tournament in Elmbrook March 14-15.

The Peewee B side also ran into some tough competition and gave up a shutout decision on Saturday as well. There is some consolation as they fell to the Panthers who went on to claim the Region championship and will likely be one of the top contenders at the 2B State Championship at Eagle River March 14-15.

Bantams

The Bantam Cyclones faced a tough challenge heading in against Janesville Saturday afternoon at Verona. Head Coach Billy Oakes said the team gained some momentum reaching the championship game at a tournament the week previous, but the mountain became a little steeper as goaltender Burke Schweda was battling illness as well as slapshots in the contest.

“We got off to a rough start, “said Oakes. “They scored three quick goals.” The Coach said he called time out to discuss things and the team played a defensive trap which worked well the rest of the way. “They never scored another goal. Schweda turned in a 22-save effort and was unbeatable in the final two periods.

But, while the defense was sound, the Cyclones were unable to climb all the way back on the score sheet. Mark Othmer and Iszak Elder both notched goals, Tye Barney picking up an assist, but the Cyclones fell one shot of reaching the Regional championship game.

Janesville in turn fell a goal shy in the Championship game, falling 7-6 in a wild one to Oregon who will represent the Region at the State 2A Championship tournament at Hayward.

The Bantam ‘B’ squad was eliminated in a shutout loss to Janesville Saturday afternoon at Oregon and Janesville went on to claim one of two Regional spots for the state tournament. Both Janesville and Oregon will be at the tournament at Sheboygan March 7-8.

U-14 Badger Lightning

The Badger Lightning squad faced the Maverick ‘A’ squad in its Regional semi at McFarland Saturday night, falling in a shutout defeat.

The Maverick squad went on to defeat the Jr. Fury in the championship game and will represent the Region at the state Tournament to be played at West Salem March 7-8.

Flyers/Monkeys sending every team to state tournaments again

For a second straight season, the Sauk Prairie Flyers and Monkeys have placed every one of its teams into their respective State Championship tournaments as Regional champs.

Both Squirt entries will make the trip as the Squirt ‘A’ Flyers held off Stoughton 4-3 Sunday afternoon in the Regional championship game at the Ice Pond in Waunakee to win the Region 4 Championship.

Flyers’ goals came from Alexander Kirk, Logan Harrington, Easton Leatherberry and Davis Lombard. Michael Jolicoeur set up a pair and other assists were collected by Kirk and Caden Argall.

Benjamin Freeman picked up the win I goal with a 22-save effort.

The Squirt Flyers will represent the Region at the State Championship Tournament in Waupaca, March 7-8, beginning with a first round match against the host team at 12:45 p.m. The Eagles will move on to play either Amery or Waupun in the Championship or Consolation semis and the tournament championship game will be played at 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

The Squirt B Flyers grabbed an automatic bid on the weekend as the lone 3B division representative from Region 4 and they will go on to play on the same weekend at Marshfield, also playing the host team at 12:45 p.m. The Flyers will face either Black River Falls or Waupaca in the second round and the Championship game will be played at 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

U-12 Monkeys

The Monkeys Girls team earned a 2-0 shutout win against the Dane County Diamonds in the Regional championship game, also at the Ice Pond at 9:15 a.m. Sunday and they will not have to travel far with the State Championship tournament to be played at the Reedsburg Area Community Arena (RACA) March 14-15.

The Monkeys will face the host Badger Lightning U-12’s in the opening round, then move on to play either the Hayward or Beaver Dam U-12’s in the second round. The State Championship will be decided at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Peewee Flyers

The Peewee Flyers came up with an 8-5 win against the Monroe Avalanche to capture the Region 4 championship at the Ice Pond Sunday.

As a result, the local peewees will move on to play the State Championship game at Black River Falls March 14-15.

The Flyers will keep up the trend, wrapping up the opening round of the tournament against the host team from Black River Falls on Saturday at 1:15 p.m.

The peewees will face either Amery or Waupun in the second round and the state championship faceoff is at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Bantam Flyers

The Bantams made up of many of the players who claimed a peewee state championship last season earned a return trip with a 4-1 win against Monroe at Hartmeyer Arena in Madison on Sunday.

The Flyers will make the trip to Rhinelander March 7-8 to play in the Bantam 3A State Championship and like all of the other Region 4 reps, the Flyers will start out the event against the host side at 1:15 p.m. on the Saturday to decide whether it faces Amery or Beaver Dam in the second round. The bantam 3A Championship game will faceoff at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Note – In an effort to be timely, I have put this story on the website/facebook page without scoring details. Hopefully future edits will show more information added. Please check back for updates.

Lightning and Monkeys hosting State Tournaments

The South Central Cyclones/Badger Lightning at Sauk Prairie Flyers/Monkeys will both be Wisconsin Amateur Hockey Association (WAHA) State Championship hosts this season with the State 10-U B Girls Championship tournament to be held at the Sauk Prairie Area Recreation Center (SPARC) in Prairie du Sac March 7-8 and the State U-12 B State Championship contest at Reedsburg Area Community Arena (RACA) the following weekend.
Details on both events was finalized with the various Regional Championships decided this past weekend.
WAHA U-10 B Girls State Championship
As host, the U-10 Sauk Prairie Monkeys earn an automatic berth into the tournament as did the Dane County Diamonds, the only other Regional representative at this division.
They will square off in the final game of the opening round of play at SPARC at 12:45 p.m. Saturday (March 7). Other opening round games will see Green Bay Bobcats against a still to be determined team at 9 a.m.; Washington County Lynx, taking on Appleton Freeze at 10:15 a.m. and Hayward Hurricanesagainst Beaver Dam at 11:30 a.m.
All eight teams will play twice on the opening day, the Monkeys facing off against either Beaver Dam or Hayward in the second round. All eight will play once more on Sunday, culminating with the State Championship game at 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

WAHA U-12 B Girls State Championship
The U-12 Badger Lightning will play host as well at the RACA the following weekend.
The good news is both the Badger Lightning and Monkeys will play in the tournament. The bad news is they will square off against each other at the end of the opening round Saturday at RACA at 1:15 p.m. Saturday (March 14).
Other first round action will see Marinette/Menominee Thunder against TNT (Black River Falls); at 8 a.m.; the Washington County Lynx against the Black Cats (Black River Falls) at 9:45 a.m. and the Hayward Hurricanes taking on the Beaver Dam Wildfire at 11:30 a.m. Depending on results, the Monkeys and Lightning will move on to play either the Wildfire or Hurricanes in the second round at RACA. The U12 B State Championship game will faceoff on Sunday at 2 p.m.