Cyclones, Lightning, Flyers and Monkeys weekend schedules

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Here’s What they are up to this weekend.

South Central Cyclones

Squirt A – The Squirt A Cyclones will be on home ice all weekend, playing host to the Middleton B Squirts Saturday at 3 p.m. and taking on the Waunakee A squad at 11 a.m. and 3:15 p.m. Sunday. All three games will be at Pierce Park Pavilion in Baraboo.

Squirt B – The Squirt B squad will be heading to a tournament in Waupaca over the weekend, beginning with a game against the Oshkosh B squad Saturday at 1 p.m. and then meeting the Janesville C team at 7:15 Saturday night. Time and opponent for Saturday will be determined by their performance in the two earlier matches.

Squirt C – The Squirt C team also has a busy weekend at the Baraboo rink, beginning with a game against the Verona C2 squad at 11:15 a.m. Saturday and a wrapping up with a doubleheader against Waunakee C2 White at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Sunday.

U-12/U-14 Badger Lightning – Both girls’ teams will enjoy a rare weekend off.

Pewee A – The Peewees will start the weekend with a 4:30 p.m. faceoff at Sun Prairie Saturday and returns home to play Tomah at Pierce Park Pavilion in Baraboo at 2 p.m.

Peewee B – The Peewee B Cyclones will also be at Sun Prairie on Saturday for a 4:15 p.m. start Saturday, returning home for a Sunday morning game at Reedsburg Area Community Arena (RACA) at 11:15 a.m.

Bantam A – The Bantams will be at Hartmeyer Arena in Madison Saturday for a pair of games against the Patriots at 12:15 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. then visiting the Sauk Prairie Bantams in a 12:15 p.m. contest.

Bantam B – The local Bantam B’s will play just one game this weekend, at RACA against Wildcat B Sunday at 2:15 p.m.

Sauk Prairie Flyers/Monkeys

Squirt A – The Squirt A Flyers will play four times on the weekend, the first three on home ice. After hosting the Beaver Dam Squirts in a 10 a.m. contest Saturday, the Flyers will be back on the ice at 4:45 p.m. to face Waunakee A. On Sunday, the Squirt Flyers will faceoff against the Madison Polar Caps in a 10:15 a.m. start, then travel to Oregon to wrap up the weekend at 2:45 p.m.

Squirt B – A light weekend for the Squirt B team with just one game, Sunday at 1:30 p.m. on home ice against the visiting Middleton C1 squad.

U-10 Monkeys – The mini Monkeys will make the trip to Fond du Lac Sunday for a pair of contests against the Fond du Lac Blades at 12:45 p.m. and 2:45 p.m.

U-12 Monkeys – The U-12 Monkeys will also play a pair on the road, traveling to Viroqua Saturday for 3:15 p.m. and 6 p.m. games against the Thunder.

Pewee A – The Peewee Flyers will travel to Washington County on Saturday for 9:30 a.m. and 12:15 faceoffs against the Washington County Ice.

Peewee B – The B squad will enjoy a rare weekend off.

Bantams – The Bantam Flyers are heading into a busy weekend, starting with a 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. at the Omni Center in Onalaska against the host Onalaska Tornado. On Sunday, the Flyers will take on the South Central Cyclones in a 12:15 p.m. contest.



Ducks heading to Blaine following three splits

The Dells Ducks collected its third straight weekend split this past weekend and collected three of four points against the visiting Rochester Vipers following a 3-2 loss in overtime Friday and a bounce back 4-0 win Saturday.

They will be looking for a similar, if not better performance when they hit the road to play a Friday/Saturday pair against the defending USPHL Midwest-West Division champion Minnesota Moose.

Penalties – in particular three majors, were costly in the Friday night game at Poppy Waterman Ice Arena as the Ducks gave up a 3-2 decision in overtime after holding 1-0 and 2-1 leads earlier in the contest.

Luke Marks and Jason Heard fired the Ducks goals and Tyler Szturm turned in a 27-save effort between the pipes.

The following night, Jack Lundqvist, from Stockholm, Sweden stopped all of the 31 shots he faced to grab the shutout win and Heard opened the scoring 13:12 into the contest with the game winner.

The Ducks led 2-0 after a period adding another pair in the third, including the first of the career of Ben Scruton, the Ducks’ 16-year-old forward from Chicago.

Marks and Chris Wracker fired the other Ducks goals.

This weekend’s games in Blaine will be the first of four against the Moose with the return games wrapping up the regular season at the Poppy Waterman Ice Arena February 21-22.

In between, the Ducks will travel to the AllState Arena in Rosemont, Ill. to play the Chicago Cougars next Thursday, making up a game originally postponed due to weather in January.


Larson hat trick, Hinz shutout lead Thunderbirds to win

Three goals from sophomore Luna Larson and an 18-save shutout for senior goaltender Dane Hinz – his third of the season – helped the Baraboo/Portage Thunderbirds to a 5-0 win against the visiting West Salem Panthers at Pierce Park Pavilion Tuesday night.

Senior Josh Beale notched the other two T-Bird goals while junior Campbell Koseor collected three assists, senior Cameron Logan set up a pair and single assists went to seniors George Fitzsimmons, Will Gunnell and Beale.

Larson fired the game winner and lone goal of the first period with 1:28 to go in the session and both he and Beale fired second and third period goals as well.

The win pushed the home team over the .500 mark at 11-10-1 with just two games to go, both on the road.

RWD will host the Thunderbirds Friday at the Poppy Waterman Ice Arena in Lake Delton and the Thunderbirds will wrap up its regular season Tuesday with another conference match at Beaver Dam.

Seeding for Sectional playoffs will take place this weekend.

Badger Lightning falls to BRF on senior night at Poppy

Daelynn Merrell and Lily McPherson guard Black River Falls player during their WIAA Varsity contest at the Poppy Waterman Ice Arena Tuesday night.

On the scoreboard there was disappointment for the Badger Lightning varsity hockey team Tuesday night at the Poppy Waterman Ice Arena.

But most left with a smile and perhaps a few tears as the Lightning celebrated its seniors in their penultimate home game.

Forwards Kaylee Engel; Allison Knull; Ellie Goethel and Baylee Babcock along with defenders Emily Patton and Jordann Meinhardt received recognition before the game, introduced together as opposed to the traditional starting line, then between periods.

During the first periods the players remained on the ice as the six were honored by their teammates and after the second period there was more recognition as Announcer Eric Knull introduced and read a questionnaire/bio filled out by the players.

The Black River Falls Tigers denied the home team its fifth win of the season which would have been a great finish.

For the most part, the Lightning showed a competitive side and had some chanc

Badgder Lightning senior defender Jordann Meindhrdt keeps an eye on the puck and blocks the pass to a Black River Falls forward during their varsity game at the Poppy Waterman Ice Arena on Tuesday night.

es in a back and forth game.

While the six graduating players, including captain Engel who will continue to play at the college level, will certainly be missed, freshman Lani Seljie showed the team is being left in capable hands, scoring the team’s only goal – the first goal of the contest. Fellow freshman Eryn Benson collected an assist on the goal, but it was all Tigers after that – at least on the scoreboard

Final Score: Black River Falls Tigers 8 @ Badger Lightning 1

Next up for the Lightning is its final home game Tuesday against Beaver Dam and a trip to Ozaukee to wrap up the regular season against the Lakeshore Lightning on Valentine’s Day.

Playoff assignments will likely be determined next weekend. Unfortunately, the Lightning will almost for sure be opening the post season on the road.