Conroy sinks game winner for JV Cheavers

By Jim den Hollander


Dylan Conroy’s powerplay goal early in the final period lifted the RWD junior varsity Cheavers to a 3-2 edge in its first of two regular season meetings with the Madison Edgewood Crusaders Tuesday (Dec. 22) at Reedsburg Area Community Arena (RACA).

Abe Thompson’s goal had the Crusaders on the board just past the five-minute mark of the opening period but The Cheavers owned a 2-1 lead by the end of the period with goals from sophomores Conner Putz and Caleb Eastman.

Freshman Mark Othmer, sophomore Spencer Garbacz and Conroy, a junior, picked up assists for RWD.

After a scoreless middle period, the Crusaders rallied back to tie it on a Nick Hartman goal, setting the stage for Conroy who took a feed from junior Carter Scully.

In goal, the work was split evenly, senior Brendan Karas and junior Gary Wiles splitting the work evenly and both beaten just once on 10 shots.

The Cheavers made the Crusaders pay for their penalties. The visitors took just a pair and the Cheavers scored on both powerplay opportunities.

The same two teams will go at it again when the Crusaders step into the RACA chill once again on Tuesday, Jan. 5. Junior varsity contest generally faces off about 5 p.m.

Conroy’s game winning goal is below.

Cheavers learn from loss to Crusaders

By Jim den Hollander


Before heading into the Monk’s Cheeseburger Classic, the RWD varsity hockey team got some schooling from a familiar foe, dropping a 3-1 decision to the Madison Edgewood Crusaders on Tuesday, Dec. 22.

It was the Crusaders that sent the Cheavers to the sidelines last season despite a hard-fought battle, a last-minute goal lifting the home team to a 2-1 edge.

It was more of the same in their first of two regular season meetings this season as the high-octane offense of the Cheavers spent much of its time backchecking as the Crusaders doubled the home team 40-20 in shots and made RWD goaltender Cooper Oakes the busiest man in the contest.

Both goaltenders kept the blue paint clear through a period, Oakes kicking out 13 shots while Zach Walker turned out eight in his busiest period.

Crusaders finally found a way past Oakes 6:20 into the middle frame, adding the game winner a little over a minute later in another 13-shot frame.

Junior Clayton Pfaff cut the lead in half 20 seconds into the third with his unassisted goal, but the Crusaders restored the two-goal cushion about five minutes later and carried that to the finish line.

Koseor leads Thunderbirds past Warriors

By Jim den Hollander


Baraboo-Portage varsity Thunderbirds topped the 40-shot barrier and grabbed its third win of the season with a 4-1 decision against the Waupun Warriors at Pierce Park Pavilion in Baraboo Tuesday (Dec. 22).

Thunderbirds buried its opponent with a 23-4 advantage in shots in the opening period and jumped into a 2-0 lead with a pair of Campbell Koseor goals, his third and fourth of the season. The first was unassisted, Gabe Fitzwilliams and Kyle Poole chipping in on the other.

The second period was scoreless and the Warriors cut the gap to a goal with Quinn Bailey’s marker early in the final period but Thunderbirds put this one away with another pair in the second half of the period.

Fitzwilliams and Poole pulled the trigger and Koseor wrapped up a four-point game with assists on both. Other help came from Carson Zick and Fitzwilliams.

Andrew Schaetzl collected his third win of the season, stopping all but one of the 22 shots he faced in goal for the Thunderbirds, who peppered Tyler Fromolz with 44 shots at the opposite end.

The win boosted Thunderbirds’ overall record to 3-4 and squad will look to climb to the .500 mark on Tuesday (Dec. 29) with a trip to the Howard G. Mullett Ice Center in Hartland to take on the 5-3 Brookfield Stars with a 5 p.m. faceoff.