Thunderbirds dominate shot clock but not scoreboard against Avs

By Jim den Hollander

Editor/Publisher

Saukhockey.info

The Baraboo/Portage Thunder engaged in another back-and-forth shootout at the Omni Center in Onalaska Thursday (January 7) night and came up a goal shy in a 6-5 decision against the La Crosse Aquinas/Holmen Avalanche.

Thunderbirds scored first, just 43 seconds into the match and carried a 3-2 lead out of the first period, but a pair of goals early in the second period flipped the script and it was the Thunderbirds playing catch up the rest of the way.

Luke Schweda fired the first goal, from Peyton Sloan. The Avs fought back to tie it twice in the period but the Thunderbirds had a quick response every time. Things got crazy in the seventh minute with three goals in 25 seconds, including Baraboo goals scored by Carson Zick and Kyle Poole.

Zick’s goal was a solo effort while Poole accepted help from Gabe Fitzwilliams and Luna Larson on his first of two goals.

Poole’s first of two goals is shown below.

An opening minute goal and another in the sixth minute of the period put the Avalanche on top,  Campbell Koseor responding to tie it from Alex Rietmen. The tie lasted just 40 seconds though before the Avs went up again, carrying a 5-4 cushion into the final period.

Poole’s second, from Sloan pulled the Thunder even at 5-5 with 9:05 to go in the contest, but the game winner came with 6:17 to play.

Thunderbirds had a whopping 39-18 edge in shots in the game, including a 19-4 margin in the middle period.

Andrew Schaetzl and Burke Schweda shared the work in goal for the Thunderbirds who have dropped two in a row since its come from behind win against Tomah/Sparta last Saturday. The team will get another Saturday night opportunity this week as the Waupaca Comets pay a visit to Pierce Park Pavilion for a 6 p.m. contest.

Thunderbirds fall to 4-7 with the loss and have eight games yet to play, at least five on home ice, the only trip scheduled so far behind down the ‘12’ to Sauk Prairie on Thursday.

Peterson and Hanson pace Eagles past Red Hawks

By Jim den Hollander

Editor/Publisher

Saukhockey.info

If any rust formed during a stretch of 20 days between games, the Sauk Prairie Eagles shook it off quick in a 4-1 win against the Milton Red Hawks at Sauk Prairie Area Recreation Center (SPARC) on Thursday (Jan. 8) night.

Two goals each for juniors Micah Hansen and Erik Peterson provided the final steps on the offense, but this was a total team effort as the Eagles peppered Alex Jones, a freshman goaltender for the Red Hawks with 55 shots.

The Eagles grabbed a 2-0 first period cushion, beginning with a nice goal by Hanson from what seemed a tough angle, in close, but just inches from Jones, he managed to lift a perfect flip into the top of the goal through a small opening.

Just over three minutes later, Peterson took a perfect pass from sophomore Luke Mast and snapped a shot to the top of the net to double the Eagles’ margin. Junior Nick Mast also collected an assist on the goal.

Peterson’s second came near the halfway mark of the middle period as he slammed home a loose puck from the top of the crease. Luke Mast and senior Sam Severson collected assists.

The final Eagles’ goal came on the nicest play of the game while the Eagles squad was killing its first penalty of the contest. Nick Mast hit Hansen with a pass just outside the Eagles’ zone, sending him the final 140 feet to the Red Hawks’ goal alone where Hansen snapped home a shot over Jones’ shoulder.

Sophomore goaltender Kaden Stracke might not have been as busy as Jones, but he stopped everything he saw until Milton sophomore Colton Thorn spoiled his shutout bid 4:01 into the final frame.

In many ways the Eagles looked in mid-season form , a fast team with depth up front, they have a nose from the net, although, with the number of shots taken, Head Coach David Lohrei said the team might need to work a bit on finishing in upcoming practices.

Nick Mast’s two assists give him 11 points in four games so far this season, one point ahead of Luke Mast.

The win boosted the Eagles to 4-0 on the season and while they have had some long breaks so far, this game triggered a busy month of January with 11 more games to play in the next three weeks.

The Eagles are scheduled to make the trip to Sparta to play the Tomah/Sparta varsity team on Saturday (Jan. 9) and returns home for matches against RWD Cheavers Tuesday and Baraboo/Portage Thunderbirds on Thursday.

Dells Cup takes over this weekend

By Jim den Hollander

Editor/Publisher

Saukhockey.info

The RWD Peewee ‘A’ Cheavers will be among a full slate of teams playing in one of five divisions at the third Lake Delton Ice Arena ‘Dells Cup’ Tournament of the season this weekend (Jan. 8-10).

Action begins at the Lake Delton Ice Arena at 5 p.m. Friday with the first of 32 tournament games. Reedsburg Area Community Arena (RACA) will also play host to several weekend games but all five championship matches will be played in Lake Delton, beginning at 11 a.m. Sunday.

The Cheavers will be playing in one of the Peewee ‘B’ Divisions, beginning at 8:55 p.m. Friday night in Reedsburg against Ozaukee Ice Dogs, then returning Saturday night, also in Reedsburg at 9:05 p.m. Saturday night against the West Madison Polar Caps

On Sunday, the locals will wrap up at 9:50 a.m. at Lake Delton Ice Arena, the final round-robin match of the event. Championship games will begin at 11 a.m. and if the locals reach the championship game it will be played at either 2:40 or 3:55 p.m.

The only non-Wisconsin team in the tournament will be the Des Moines Junior Bucs Squirt ‘C’ Club. Otherwise, the event sees a nice cross section of Wisconsin-based talent, all looking to hold a championship banner on Sunday afternoon.

Below is a full schedule of the Lake Delton Ice Arena Dells Cup.

 

DAY – TIME

LEVEL

ARENA LOCATION

HOME TEAM

VISITOR TEAM

WINNER

FRI – 5:00PM PEEWEE C LAKE DELTON ICE WAUNAKEE POLAR CAPS
FRI – 6:10PM SQUIRT B LAKE DELTON ICE BELOIT DePERE
FRI – 6:30PM SQUIRT C REEDSBURG ICE RINK WASHINGTON COUNTY BELOIT
FRI – 7:20PM SQUIRT B LAKE DELTON ICE NEW RICHMOND PENGUINS
FRI – 7:40PM SQUIRT C REEDSBURG ICE RINK DES MOINES OREGON
FRI – 8:30PM PEEWEE B LAKE DELTON ICE POLAR CAPS SHAW
FRI – 8:55PM PEEWEE B REEDSBURG ICE RINK OZAUKEE RWD
FRI – 9:40PM PEEWEE C LAKE DELTON ICE OZAUKEE SHAW
SAT – 7:30AM PEEWEE B LAKE DELTON ICE OSHKOSH VERONA
SAT – 8:35AM SQUIRT C LAKE DELTON ICE WASHINGTON CO DES MOINES
SAT – 9:45AM SQUIRT B LAKE DELTON ICE DePERE PENGUINS
SAT – 10:55AM PEEWEE C LAKE DELTON ICE POLAR CAPS SHAW
SAT – 12:05PM PEEWEE B LAKE DELTON ICE OZAUKEE SHAW
SAT – 1:15PM SQUIRT B LAKE DELTON ICE NEW RICHMOND BELOIT
SAT – 2:30PM PEEWEE C LAKE DELTON ICE OZAUKEE WAUNAKEE
SAT – 3:40PM PEEWEE B LAKE DELTON ICE OSHKOSH OZAUKEE
SAT – 4:50PM SQUIRT C LAKE DELTON ICE BELOIT OREGON
SAT – 6:00PM PEEWEE B LAKE DELTON ICE POLAR CAPS VERONA
SAT – 6:45PM PEEWEE C REEDSBURG ICE RINK SHAW WAUNAKEE
SAT – 7:10PM SQUIRT C LAKE DELTON ICE BELOIT DES MOINES
SAT – 7:55PM SQUIRT B REEDSBURG ICE RINK PENGUINS BELOIT
SAT – 8:20PM SQUIRT C LAKE DELTON ICE OREGON WASHINGTON CO
SAT – 9:05PM PEEWEE B REEDSBURG ICE RINK RWD POLAR CAPS
SAT – 9:30PM PEEWEE C LAKE DELTON ICE POLAR CAPS OZAUKEE
SUN – 7:30AM SQUIRT B LAKE DELTON ICE DePERE NEW RICHMOND
SUN – 8:40AM PEEWEE B LAKE DELTON ICE VERONA SHAW
SUN – 9:50AM PEEWEE B LAKE DELTON ICE OSHKOSH RWD
SUN – 11:00AM PEEWEE C CHAMPION LAKE DELTON ICE
SUN – 12:15PM SQUIRT B CHAMPION LAKE DELTON ICE
SUN – 1:25PM SQUIRT C CHAMPION LAKE DELTON ICE
SUN – 2:40PM PEEWEE B BLUE CHAMP LAKE DELTON ICE
SUN – 3:55PM PEEWEE B RED CHAMP LAKE DELTON ICE