Riverkings crush Ducks in midweek contest

A solid start turned into another rough night for Dells Ducks as the visiting Wisconsin Rapids Riverkings carried a slim 2-0 lead out of the opening period but piled on another dozen through the final 40 and handed the local team the most lopsided of its 25 losses this season.

Thursday night saw two teams headed in different directions as the Ducks fell to 0-25-0-0 on the season while the Riverkings increased its margin atop the division wrapping up its 12th straight game without a regulation defeat.

The Ducks had a great chance to cut into the Riverking’s lead, opening the middle period with a 92-second two-skater advantage, but the best they could muster was a few chances, primarily from the outside.

After killing off the penalties, the second one carrying into the period’s fourth minute, the Riverkings used that momentum to widen the gap substantially.

After putting up five unanswered in the middle period and chasing Ducks’ starter Sean Piotrowicz from the crease in favor of Anthony Falzone, the Riverkings piled on another seven in the final 20 minutes. Between them, Piotrowicz and Falzone faced 66 shots in goal for the Ducks while Torger Stachurski and Alexander Smedley combined on a 21-save effort and a shared shutout in goal for the Riverkings.

The Ducks have one more contest at the Lake Delton Ice Arena Tuesday at 11 a.m. against the Minnesota Mullets who will be the home team for the game. Following that, the Ducks head to the Chicago area for a four-game weekend as one of the participants in the annual USPHL Chicago Premier Showcase. The Ducks will finally get its first real break since Labor Day with its next games scheduled for 2021.



Competition tough for Squirt ‘B’ Cheavers

By Jim den Hollander



The RWD Squirt B Cheavers continue its search for its first win of the season, enduring a couple tough decisions this past weekend.

After a season opening tie against the Sauk Prairie Flyers ‘B’ Squirts at Reedsburg Area Community Arena (RACA), the locals have dropped its next five contests, including this past weekend as the visiting Waunakee ‘C2’ Yellow Wildcats squad collected a 6-1 at RACA Saturday and the Cheavers fell 10-1 at Viroqua on Sunday.


Wildcats 6 @ Cheavers 1

The Wildcats fired the lone goal of the opening period and added another before Cole Renneberg fired the lone Cheavers goal with 3:12 to play in the middle period. Two goals in the final 90 seconds of the period widened the gap to 4-1 for Waunakee and the Wildcats added another pair in the third.

Jamison Haag kicked out 22 shots in goal for the Squirt Cheavers.


Cheavers 1 @ Thunder 10

On Sunday, the host Thunder settled things quick with a half-dozen unanswered first period goals but the Cheavers held them off the board through the middle frame before the Thunder added another four in the third.

Jase Uminski collected the lone goal for the Cheavers in the third period after taking a pass from Elliot Wilcox.

This weekend – Dells Cup

The Squirt Cheavers will face its busiest weekend so far when it faces off at the Dells Cup this weekend, beginning at 5 p.m. today (December 11) against Waunakee Wildcats in the tournament opener.

The Squirt Cheavers will be back on Saturday to face Southeastern Hockey Association of Wisconsin (SHAW) Red Timberwolves Saturday in a 4:20 p.m. contest, then wrap up Round Robin play against Waukesha White Warhawks at 9:10 a.m. on Sunday.

Peewee ‘B’ Cheavers prepare for Dells Cup tourney

By Jim den Hollander



The RWD Peewee ‘B’ Cheavers continued to make its way through a tough schedule starting and finishing this past weekend with a pair of 4-4 draws with some tough losses in between.

The Cheavers played three of the four games at Reedsburg Area Community Arena (RACA), beginning with a 4-4 saw off with the Tomah/Sparta Peewee ‘B’ Titans squad followed by a 7-4 loss against Sun Prairie/Beaver Dam C2 Cardinals on Saturday (December 5).

The following day started with a trip to Viroqua where RWD dropped a 6-1 decision against Viroqua Peewee ‘B’ Thunder but wrapped up with a return home and a 4-4 draw with the same Sun Prairie/Beaver Dam C2 team it fell to the previous day.


Titans 4 @ Cheavers 4

This thriller saw the visiting Titans grab a 1-0 first period lead before the Cheavers struck back with a pair of unanswered second period goals. A flurry early in the third had teams even at 3-3 and the Cheavers took a lead near the halfway mark but the Titans rallied to tie it again with 89 seconds to play.

Dayne Wagner fired two for the Cheavers while Andrew Stando added a goal and assist, the fourth goal an unassisted marker for Noah Mortimer. Aiden Knull also collected an assist in the game and Mason Mattson kicked out 15 saves for the Cheavers.


Cardinals 7 @ Cheavers 4

In the second game of the day, the Cheavers ran into a tough Cardinals team that turned a narrow 2-1 lead into a more decisive 5-2 margin in the middle period.

Wagner notched another two points with a goal and assist with other goals for Knull, Vladimir Barabash and Andrew Stando, Matthew Stando adding an assist.

Mattson turned in another 15-save effort in goal.


Cheavers 1 @ Thunder 6

In Viroqua, the home team build a 3-0 first period lead before Jenna Garbacz connected on the lone Cheavers’ goal, unassisted in the middle period.

Another three in the third put it away for the home team.

Mattson handled 19 of 25 in goal for the Cheavers.


Cardinals 4 Cheavers 4

The final game of the weekend saw the Cheavers  rally back from a four-goal deficit to salvage a 4-4 draw against the Cardinals who fired all four of its goals in the middle period.

Andrew Stando found the mark for the Cheavers 2:01 into the final period, converting a pass from Wagner and it was Stando again with the tying goal just 51 seconds from the final buzzer, unassisted.

In between were two goals from Mortimer, the second with 1:06 to go, just 15 seconds before Stando notched the equalizer. Stando also collected a set up on the first Mortimer goal, the second set up by Knull.

Mattson turned in his best effort of the weekend with 20 saves, including all 10-shots he faced in the first period.

Weekend tourney in Lake Delton

The ‘B’s will switch its base to the Lake Delton Ice Arena this weekend to take part in the Peewee Division of the Dells Cup tournament.

After starting out Friday with a 9:40 p.m. game against the Green Bay Bobcats followed with a game Saturday at 3:10 p.m. against Southeastern Hockey Association of Wisconsin (SHAW) Timberwolves and finally, the Waunakee Wildcats at 8:10 p.m. Saturday night.

The Peewees will also cram one more in Saturday with a 12:30 p.m. contest at RACA against the Dodgeville Ice Wolves.