Cyclones and Flyers bantams battle to a draw at RACA

The Bantam A South Central Cyclones saw all three results on the weekend, beginning with a win and loss and wrapping up with a draw.

The bantams travelled to Hartmeyer Ice Arena in Madison Saturday for a pair of games against the Patriots bantam squad.

In the first game, Burke Schweda turned in a 35-save shutout effort to make a single unassisted goal from Brady Baldwin stand up as the game winner in a 1-0 win.

In the return match later Saturday, the bantam squad was on the opposite end of a shutout, coming up short in a 3-0 win in the return match.

Sunday the bantams returned home and came up with an impressive match against the state bound Sauk Prairie bantam Flyers, a team that includes several players from last season’s state championship peewee Flyers team.

Teams were even at 1-1 after a period, Iszak Elder notching the Cyclones’ goal and Samson Begalske converting a feed from Karsyn Banta for the Flyers.

In the middle period, the hosts opened a 3-2 edge with a pair of goals from Dyllan Carpenter, the first unassisted on a powerplay and the other on a feed from Elder. Audrey Hanko responded with the lone Flyers’ goal unassisted.

The Begalske-Banta tandem hooked up once again in the final period to even the score for the Flyers.

Schweda turned in a 36-save effort for the Cyclones and William Anderson kicked out 20 for the Flyers.

Both teams will get a rare weekend off coming and be back in action the following weekend.

Squirt B Cyclones finish second at Waupaca tourney

The Squirt B South Central Cyclones were celebrating again Sunday after a second place showing at a tournament in Waupaca. Pictured are team members including: Shirlie DeFosse; Noah Backeberg; Luke Butteris; Kate Brandt; Sean Moran; Kason Messer; Aaron Belk; Jesse Arnold; Matthew Stando; Andrew Stando; Rowan Kauss; Ezekial Fish; Atlas Parchem and Mason Matteson and coaches Jeremy Backeberg; Justin Messer and Don Kauss.

The Squirt B South Central Cyclones have stayed hot, wrapping up second place at a Waupaca tournament this past weekend after qualifying for State playdowns the previous weekend.

The Cyclones began play with a 6-0 shutout win against the Oshkosh Warbirds, featuring a shutout from Jesse Arnold and a hat trick from Noah Backeberg.

Luke Butteris collected his first career goal, via the penalty shot and other Cyclones goals (all unassisted) came from the Stando brothers – Matthew and Andrew.

In its second game, Saturday night, the Cyclones battled the Janesville ‘C’ Bluebirds to a 2-2 draw.

The Cyclones led 1-0 after a period with a goal from Ezekial Fish but Janesville struck back with a pair of unanswered second period goals. Backeberg converted a feed from Fish to even things up in the final period.

The locals played the hometown Waupaca Icehawks for the championship Sunday but came up short in a 6-3 win to keep the championship hardware in Waupaca.

Fish fired two more goals and the other was scored by Matthew Stando and set up by Rowan Kauss.

The local Squirt squad will continue preparations for the State 2B State Championship tournament with a pair of games in La Crosse at Green Island Ice Arena. La Crosse ‘Red’ Squirts will make up the opposition in an 11 a.m. game followed by ‘Black’ at 1:45 p.m.

Pfaff’s overtime tally lifts RWD past Thunderbirds at Poppy

A packed Poppy Waterman Ice Arena left satisfied, if not happy in the latest RWD-Baraboo/Portage Thunderbirds hockey battle on Friday night.

A thrilling game came to a sudden end when RWD sophomore forward sank the game winner 6:36 into the eight-minute overtime period with assists for sophomore John Thrasher and junior Danny Ely, lifting the host RWD team to a 2-1 overtime win in a game that both teams wanted badly.

RWD freshman John Scott scored the lone first period goal, from Pfaff and sophomore Grant Marsich but the Baraboo/Portage squad responded with the lone middle period marker, a rebound put in by senior Cameron Logan after the first shot by senior Josh Beale.

RWD Cheavers Head Coach Neil Mattson and David Clark of the Baraboo/Portage Thunderbirds agreed I postgame comments, the game was and important ‘W’ to carry into the Division 1 Section 3 Seeding meeting held two days later in Tomah.

“Absolutely, this game was the tipping hand for us getting the seven or six seed (RWD ended up with the seventh seed) or Baraboo getting the seven or six seed (Baraboo ended up with eighth seed).

“I’m just proud of our kids. This senior class has never lost to Baraboo,” but the last one might have been the toughest.”

Clark agreed and said there is not a lot of separation.

“Yeah, Neil is right. Fact of the matter is, really seeds six, maybe seven through 10 are all right next to each other, us, RWD, Madison Memorial, Monroe. So, this game would have really given us a good argument for as high as six, now it could be 10, one game could be that important. It’s sad to see it slip through their fingers like that.”

Clark said his team has turned a corner, in particular since the previous meeting with RWD when they were battling illness. Among the recent wins for Baraboo was a 4-3 Badger North Conference win against the Waunakee Warriors on Jan. 30. That stands as the only conference defeat for the Badger North champs with one game to go.

“Yeah, I think it was the first time we played (RWD), mid-January where we cancelled three or four days. I had doctor’s notes stacked on my desk. It was just, the whole team had the flu sort of thing. We kind of got back. It probably took a week and a half-two weeks, but now they’re back to being themselves. I feel for them tonight, because the penalty kill was great until that final moment. You know its hard in overtime to keep that intensity when you’ve been battling for 54 minutes.”

The exciting game couldn’t have come at a better time as the Poppy was jammed with fans from all of the local communities, thanks in part to some off ice activities, including a contest to see which team backers would buy the most hot dogs, a shooting contest between parents from the two teams – fittingly ending in a tie. Also, it was hard to miss the South Central Cyclones jerseys in the crowd as it seemed like the whole organization was watching, including a group of mites that entertained the fans during the first intermission with a mini game.

Coach Mattson was thrilled to see the atmosphere surrounding the game

“Everyone calls it Neil’s circus when Baraboo and RWD play,” said Mattson with a smile, “But, I kind of do it on purpose. It’s supposed to be a fun environment. The three communities are together with hockey now.”

The RWD players hit the ice with bagpipes playing, which Mattson said, along with the Challenge Cup for the first game is “part of the showmanship.

“That’s what you want to do. Just make it a fun environment. It’s great to have a big crowd because the kids feed off the crowds. I was so happy to see how many people we here tonight, it’s awesome.”