By Jim den Hollander
Another weekend, another three wins for the RWD Peewee ‘A’ Cheavers with a sweep on home ice Dec. 19-20.
The weekend started out with a 6-2 win against the Sun Prairie ‘B’ Cardinals early Saturday and in a rematch later the same day, the Cheavers racked up a 9-0 shutout win.
On Sunday, the locals grabbed a second shutout, this time a 5-0 decision against the Verona Wildcats. All three games were played at Reedsburg Area Community Arena (RACA).
Cardinals 2, 0 @ Cheavers 6, 9
In the first game against the Cardinals, Ethan Pope started things off, taking a feed from RJ Manley and sinking the lone goal of the first period for the Cheavers.
Tyler Krieski doubled the margin, from Pope near the halfway mark of the middle period and an unassisted goal for Manley just over a minute later had the home side up 3-0.
The Cardinals fired its first a short time later and cut the margin to a single goal early in the third, but the Cheavers responded with three in the final 10 minutes of the game.
Landen Uminski scored the first with Ethan Wilcox counting the other pair and all three were assisted by Manley.
Jordan Kowalski did a great job in goal, turning aside 31 shots to lift his team to the win, despite being outshot.
Kowalski was perfect in the second game, but his team cut the number of shots he faced by a large amount as well.
A four-goal opening period sent the Cheavers on its way and they added another pair in the middle frame before wrapping it up with three down the stretch.
Uminski paced the offensive attack, scoring four goals and adding a couple assists, Krieski adding two goals and a helper. Hailey Dietl helped with a goal and assist, the other goals scored by Elizabeth Haag and Payton Kowalski.
Manley picked up three assists and Wyatt Arnold also chipped in with one.
Wildcats 0 @ Cheavers 5
Kowalski collected his second goose egg on Dec. 20 with an 18-save shutout making Manley’s lone first period goal, from Krieski, stand up as the game winner.
Two more in the second and third padded the lead, the final two rounding out a hat trick for Manley who also collected an assist.
Second period goals came from Dietl, who later added a set up and Wilcox. Krieski, Paige Othmer and Uminski also picked up assists for the Cheavers who entered the Christmas Break with an overall record of 15-6 and ended the longest losing streak of the season at two games.
The Cheavers were scheduled to be back in action Dec. 27 with a pair of games on home ice against the Onalaska/Holmen Tornado.