The Sauk Prairie Eagles and Badger Lightning still have a little regular season business to look after, but the focus is shifting to the WIAA post season which begins on Tuesday night.
All three Sauk County varsity boys teams will get the honor of opening the post season on home ice while the Badger Lightning will make the trek to Madison to play a tough foe.
Sauk Prairie Eagles – 4th Seed
All three Sauk teams are included in the new WIAA ‘Division One’ playoffs this season after a split last season carried some substantial foes, including perennial state champion Superior and local foe, Waunakee, to Division 2
There are 11 teams total in Section Three (of four) in Division one, the top three teams drawing byes into Sectional quarter-finals, or as some prefer, Regonal Finals.
Sauk Prairie Eagles (13-3-1 as of Wednesday, February 12) just missed a bye, drawing the number four seed. They will open the post season on home ice at the Sauk Prairie Area Recreation Center (SPARC) Tuesday with a 7 p.m. faceoff against the Madison LaFollette/Madison East Lakers (2-19-1; 1-12-0 Big Eight). If the Eagles win, they will keep home ice advantage and play against either the fifth seeded Madison West Regents or #9 Deforest Norskies in quarter-finals either Friday or Saturday.
The Eagles have not played the Lakers this season
RWD Cheavers – 7th Seed
The Cheavers earned the Section’s seventh seed and will play host on Tuesday night as well, entertaining the #10 Monroe Co-op Cheesemakers.
The Cheavers wrapped up the season at 10-13-1 and 4-6-0, good enough for fourth in the Badger North Conference. The Cheesemakers finished at 14-7-2 and 5-5-2, also fourth in the Badger South. The two teams have not met this season and may have never met in WIAA action.
The game will be played at 7 p.m. Tuesday with the winner advancing to play the Section’s #2 seed and Badger South champion Madison Edgewood Crusaders. (19-4-0; 12-0-0 Badger South).
Baraboo/Portage Thunderbirds – 8th seed
The 11-12-1 (3-6-1 Badger North) Baraboo/Portage Thunderbirds wrapped up the final home ice spot for the first round as the eighth seed and they will play host to #9 Madison Memorial Spartans (8-14-1, 6-8-0 Big Eight).
Thunderbirds have not played Madison Memorial this season. Winner of this game will draw the tough quarter-final assignment, traveling to Verona Friday night to play the Section’s top seeded Verona Wildcats (20-4-0, 14-0-0 Big Eight).
Badger Lightning – 7th Seed
The Lightning was seeded seventh in the seven-team Section Three playoffs. They will face Badger Conference rival Cap City Cougars in the Sectional Quarter finals Thursday at the Sun Prairie Ice Arena with a 7 p.m. puck drop
The Lightning were heading into its regular season finale at Ozaukee Friday night with a 5-14-0 regular season record, 3-9-0 in Badger Conference play.
The Cougars still have a couple conference matches to play will win the conference title if they can win them both. The Cougars are 18-3 overall and 9-1 in conference play.
In two meetings this season, the Lightning dropped a 7-1 decision to the Cougars at the Poppy Waterman Ice Arena Dec. 19 and fell 9-2 at the Ice Pond in Waunakee Jan. 23.
Winner of this game will move on to play in the Sectional semis on Feb. 25 against either the Onalaska Hilltoppers or the Icebergs (Stoughton).