By Jim den Hollander
Home ice appears to be the best fix for any ailments the Baraboo/Portage Thunderbirds varsity hockey team is facing.
After a pair of close, but ultimately unsuccessful road contests through the week, the Thunderbirds returned home Saturday (Jan. 9) and collected a 4-2 win against the visiting Waupaca Comets at Pierce Park Pavilion
Campbell Koseor led the charge for the Thunderbirds, scoring a goal and assisting on the other three.
Thunderbirds carried a 1-0 cushion out of the opening period, Alex Rietmann scoring the lone marker from Koseor.
Two goals in the first three minutes of the middle period padded the margin, the first by Koseor with help from Oliver Scanlan and Gabe Fitzwilliams and the other scored by Luke Schweda , from Koseor and Peyton Sloan.
The Comets pulled one back near the halfway mark of the period but Fitzwilliams restored the three-goal cushion with two ticks on the clock, assisted by Koseor and Scanlan.
The Comets pulled one back in the third period but got no closer.
Andrew Schaetzl made his 12th straight start in goal and just days and he helped the team snap a two-game losing skid with a 32-save win.
Lately the Thunderbirds have looked their best in the opening period and Saturday was no different as the home team peppered the Comets’ keeper with a 21-6 edge in shots through the frame. Comets turned the tables though in the second, holding a 20-10 edge.
Koseor’s four points vaulted him into the overall team scoring lead with 16-points on the season so far, one more than Fitzwilliams.
Thunderbirds kick off a busy week with another home contest, Tuesday against the McFarland Spartans and the team will travel to Sauk Prairie for a Thursday night contest against the Eagles. On Dec. 11, the Eagles collected an 8-2 win against the Thunderbirds.
Wrapping up the week, the Thunderbirds will host another Saturday night contest against its biggest rival, the RWD Cheavers with a 7 p.m. faceoff.