Bantam Cheavers win three

By Jim den Hollander


RWD bantam Cheavers added three more wins to its total Dec. 12-13, all on home ice at Reedsburg Area Community Arena (RACA).

On the Saturday, the Cheavers battled the Madison West Polar Caps twice, collecting a lopsided 5-1 win early in the day, then pressed to the final minute in the afternoon rematch, an empty netter with just under a minute to go finally clinching a 4-2 decision.

On Sunday, the Cheavers faced and defeated Dubuque Junior Saints for the third time this season. After a pair of wins in Dubuque earlier this year, the Cheavers settled for a 3-2 decision on home ice on Dec. 13.


Saturday Dec. 12

West Madison Polar Caps 1 @ RWD Cheavers 5

West Madison Polar Caps 2 @ RWD Cheavers 4

In the first game Saturday, the Cheavers grabbed control of the contest with three unanswered first period goals, scored by Tye Barney, RJ Manley, and Bryton Clark. Tristan Edgerton set up two and the other came with help from Caden Uminski.

Kayla Garbacz increased the lead with her middle period goal, from Edgerton and Gus DeFosse added another near the halfway mark of the third.

Alex Griebe kicked out everything fired at him until the Caps finally found an opening, robbing him of a shutout inside the final 20 seconds of the contest.

The second game was much closer, teams even at 1-1 after a period and 2-2 heading to the third.

Edgerton notched the first goal, unassisted, then set up Alec Breunig for the second period goal. It was Edgerton again, collecting his sixth point of the day with 4:20 to play putting the Cheavers in front for a third and final time before Manley slid home the clincher into an empty Caps net with 55 seconds to go.

Griebe collected another win in goal for the Cheavers with 20 saves, 11 of them in the final period.


Game winner scored by Tristan Edgerton


Dubuque Jr. Saints 2 @ RWD Cheavers 3

RWD scored first again on Sunday, Uminski’s goal at the 5:35 mark standing up as the only goal of the first period.

The Saints fired the equalizer 4:32 into the second but Clark slammed a pass from Carter Renneberg home to put the Cheavers in front again just over a minute later. Another goal late in the period had teams even at 2-2 with a period to play.

The Cheavers turned up the heat in the final period, outshooting its guests 16-8. Uminski’s second of the contest, scored late in the period was the game winner with assists for Barney and Edgerton.

Griebe stopped 19 shots to collect the win.


Renneberg lifts Squirt Cheavers into draw with Ice Dogs

The RWD Squirt ‘B’ Cheavers are still searching for its first ‘W’ of the season, but they are gaining a ton of experience.

The team experienced its busiest week of the season so far, suiting up five times, including four at the Lake Delton Ice Arena’s latest ‘Dells Cup’ series tournament. While the competition proved tough in those contests, the Cheavers got away from that intensity for a home game at Reedsburg Area Community Arena, battling to its second tie of the season with a 3-3 stalemate against the Dodgeville Ice Wolves.

Here is a look at the team’s busy weekend.


Friday, December 11

RWD Cheavers 1 Waunakee C2 Yellow Wildcats 3

The Wildcats scored a pair in the first frame and carried a 3-0 cushion into the third but the Cheavers gained some satisfaction, shattering their opponents’ shutout bid when Caleb Backeberg buried one from Kapri Rabine 8:40 from the final horn.



Saturday December 12

RWD Cheavers 3 Dodgeville IceDogs 3

SHAW Red 11 RWD Cheavers 0

On Saturday, the Cheavers took on the Ice Dogs in Reedsburg and the visitors grabbed a 1-0 first period lead and doubled its margin near the halfway mark of the second.

Jamison Haag responded with an unassisted goal 22 seconds later to trim the lead to one and Kaelyn Tyler set up Rabine for the tying goal less than two minutes later. Teams were still even at 2-2 heading to the third.

Garrett Mancuso fired his second of the contest for the Ice Dogs with 8:16 to go but Tyler collected her second assist of the game just over two minutes later, this time Cole Renneberg pulling the trigger.

Aria Gada kicked out 11 shots in goal for the Cheavers.

Back at the tournament, the locals ran into a tough Southeastern Hockey Association of Wisconsin (SHAW) team and dropped a lopsided decision.

After scoring four in the opening period, SHAW racked up another five in the middle session with a running clock helping as much as possible.

Shots were not kept for this contest, but there is little doubt Gada was the busiest player in this contest.


Sunday December 13

RWD Cheavers 2 Waukesha Warhawks 6

RWD Cheavers 2 Black River Falls Tigers 3

The Cheavers finished play at the tournament against another tough team out of Waukesha before wrapping it all up back at RACA against Black River Falls.

After scoring the only goal of the first period, the Warhawks tripled its margin in the second before a pair of carbon copy goals – both scored by Renneberg after set ups from Briar Messer – pulled the Squirt Cheavers to within a goal late in the second period.

The Warhawks responded with its fourth goal just 11 seconds after Renneberg’s second tally, then added a couple more in the third to complete the win.

Back in Reedsburg, the visiting Tigers fired all three of its goals in the first period, an unassisted goal for Messer getting the Cheavers on the board as well.

An unassisted marker from Jase Uminski with 2:49 to play in the contest opened the door for another tie, but the Cheavers couldn’t net the equalizer. Gada once again kicked out a dozen shots from the blue paint for the home side.

Squirt Cheavers sit at 0-9-2 and have another shot at getting the elusive win before Christmas when they host the Sun Prairie C1 Cardinals at RACA Saturday at 3:15 p.m. and the  West Madison Polar Caps at RACA Sunday at 8 a.m.




Thunderbirds hit win column and avenge loss to Mustangs

By Jim den Hollander


The Baraboo/Portage Thunderbirds varsity hockey team got a rare chance to avenge a non-conference defeat with a 5-3 win against Menomonie Mustangs on Saturday (December 11).

The win by the same score Mustangs downed them in the season opener broke the Thunderbirds into the win column for the first time in four tries and on this night, the visitors never trailed.

It was a total team effort with five different goal scorers stepping up in the contest, beginning with junior Kyle Poole who finished with help from junior Luna Lavin and Alex Rietmann 6:41 into the contest.

The Mustangs pulled even 1:45 later but Campbell Koseor put the Thunderbirds into the lead spot again just 67 after that and they carried that lead into the middle period. Oliver Scanlan and Gabe Fitzwilliams had assists on the Koseor goal.

Fitzwilliams notched an unassisted goal 5:06 into the middle period, the fifth straight even strength goal of the game and the T-Birds collected big momentum late the frame with a ‘shorty’ off the stick of Rietmann.

Mustangs cut the lead to a pair early enough in the final period to at least entertain thoughts of a comeback, but Aidan Collins erased them just 35-seconds later, restoring the three-goal cushion from Carson Zick.

The Mustangs pulled one more back but with just 12 seconds left in the contest it was way too little and too late.

Andrew Schaetzl made his fourth start of the season in goal for the Thunderbirds, turning aside 28 shots to grab his first win of the campaign.

While the Thunderbirds moved to 1-3 on the season a busy Mustangs team fell to 2-4. They were scheduled to meet Eau-Claire North Huskies on Tuesday while the Thunderbirds were on the road the same night to take on the Viroqua Blackhawks and on Thursday they will reignite the annual rivalry against RWD Cheavers at the Reedsburg Area Community Arena (RACA).