Sauk Prairie Eagles varsity hockey team is coming off one of the most successful seasons in its history and saw several players graduate in the spring of 2020.
But if anyone expected them to take a big step back, they might be surprised after the Eagles finally got its season underway Friday night at Pierce Park Pavilion with an 8-2 road win against the host Baraboo/Portage Thunderbirds.
The loss dropped the Thunderbirds to 0-3 on the season so far while the Eagles were making their debut after original start was postponed the previous week.
Thunderbirds hit the board first in this one, Oliver Scanlan finding the mesh just 50 seconds into the contest, unassisted.
Micah Hanson scored the first Eagles’ goal of the season, from Thor Peterson and Nick Mast 9:30 into the period but Thunderbirds struck back and grabbed another lead just 40 seconds later on a goal by Peyton Sloan from Kyle Poole and the home team carried the lead into the middle period.
The lead held up until late in the second but the Eagles struck for three goals in 2:13 to tie, lead and add insurance heading to the third.
Nick Mast scored the first two with Brodie Trollop setting up one, then scoring the third. Luke Mast assisted on two of the three.
Trollop added his second early in the third before Erik Peterson struck for a pair and Thor Peterson rounded the scoring.
Luke and Nick Mast both added two more assists with singles for Hakon Peterson, Nam Ganch and Landon Clary.
Kaden Stracke picked up the win in goal for the Eagles with 16 saves while Andrew Schaetzl was peppered with 51 shots in goal for the T-Birds.
The Eagles were scheduled to finally play on home ice Tuesday (December 15) against the Beaver Dam Golden Beavers and the T-Birds stay busy with a weekend encounter, a rare second meeting with a non-conference opponent as they travel to Menomonie to face the same Mustangs who grabbed a 5-3 win at Pierce Park Pavilion in the season opener for both Dec. 1