Dedun notches game winner for JV Cheavers

By Jim den Hollander


A goal in the first  period and two more in the third was enough for the junior varsity RWD Cheavers hockey team to wrap up a sweep on its northern swing on Saturday (Jan. 9) at United Civic Center Ice Arena with a 3-1 win against the Baldwin-Woodville Hawks.

Junior Carter Scully collected the lone goal of the opening period with help from Spencer Garbacz. The hosts rallied to tie it with the only shot to elude junior Gary Wiles with 6:28 to play the second period.

Yevgeny Dedun put the Cheavers in front to stay with an assist for Mark Othmer 99 seconds into the final period and Caleb Eastman added some insurance with his unassisted goal about seven minutes later.

Wiles collected his second win of the weekend, turning aside 18 of 19 shots while the JV Cheavers fired 35 shots the other way.

Cheavers find success on northern swing

By Jim den Hollander


The RWD varsity Cleavers hockey team wrapped up a weekend sweep on its northern trek Saturday (January 9) with a 5-1 decision against the host Baldwin-Woodville Hawks at United Civic Center Ice Arena.

The Cheavers combined that with a 4-1 edge against the Somerset Spartans the previous evening in the first two games of a stretch of five-straight on the road.

The home team opened the scoring in this one with 6:28 to go in the first period but it was the only shot to elude junior Cooper Oakes on the night as he went on to record his eighth win of the season.

Teams were even after 17-minutes that’s go an unassisted tally for Connor Schyvinck with 1:55 to play in the period.

Sophomore Caden Brandt notched the game winner for the Cheavers, his 17th of the season with 6:54 to play in the second period with juniors Clayton Pfaff and Trevor Slaght both collecting assists. Freshman Brady Baldwin followed with his fifth goal, 44 seconds later on a feed from sophomore John Scott.

Slaght added some insurance for the locals, unassisted, in the second minute of the final period and Pfaff rounded it out, from senior Danny Ely late in the game. The goal was the sixth of the season for both Slaght and Pfaff.

The win boosted the Cheavers to a record of 9-3 on the season and they will face a tough test Tuesday, paying a visit to Sauk Prairie Area Recreation Center (SPARC) to take on the undefeated (5-0) Eagles. On Thursday, RWD will play at Beaver Dam Family Center against the host Golden Beavers, wrapping up the long stretch of road matches at Pierce Park Pavilion with its second meeting of the season against the Baraboo/Portage Thunderbirds. All three games will see a 7 p.m. puck drop.

Next home game for the Cheavers will be played on Tuesday (January 19) when the SPASH (Stevens Point) Panthers pay a visit to Reedsburg Area Community Arena. The Cheavers have nine games remaining on their schedule which wraps up on Jan. 30.

Emotional and successful night for Ducks

By Jim den Hollander


The Dells Ducks collected their first home win of the 2020-21 USPHL regular season Sunday, turning in its most impressive 60-minutes at the Lake Delton Ice Arena on an emotional night and in front of a large crowd.

The effort and the 3-1 win couldn’t have been better timed as the Ducks welcomed the Rum River Mallards to the Lake Delton Ice Arena with a win that moved them into a tie for the eighth and final USPHL Premier Midwest-West playoff position.

Players, team management and fans paid tribute to Kelly Morris, the team’s first fan with a brief, but touching pre-game ceremony as Morris unfortunately passed away earlier in the week. Kelly’s family and many friends were on hand for the game, just hours after his funeral.

The victory confirmed the Ducks’ play at the Chicago Showcase just before the Christmas Break was not a mirage. The team entered the tournament with a record of 0-26-0-0 but have now picked up wins in three of its past five games and have been beaten in regulation just once.

Team captain Luke Marks switched from forward to defense at the beginning of the season but a December facelift saw a short-staffed and shell shocked D-Corps revitalized and deepened to the point that Marks started Sunday night on the wing of the team’s opening line.

Marks celebrated his first night ‘up front’ snapping the game winning goal home just before the halfway mark of the opening period. The goal gave the Ducks a 2-0 lead after Jayden Tkaczuk notched the opening goal, his team-leading 10th of the season a little more than three minutes prior.

Bryce Jacobsen was the set-up man on both goals. Playing in just his 14th game of the season, Jacobsen has collected nine points and moved into a tie for fourth overall in team scoring.

Marks added another, his fourth of the season in the middle period, this time accepting help from defenseman John Urgo and Mason Friedrichs who collected his first point as a Duck.

With the win, the Ducks boosted its overall record to 3-27-1 on the season, sliding into a tie in points with the same Mallards. The Ducks however have played 11 more games than the Mallards. The team will enjoy a rare weekend off coming up, then heads back into action against the Chicago Cougars on the road.

Ducks next home game is scheduled for Feb. 7 when the Rochester Vipers pay a visit.

Big middle period lifts Eagles past Tomah/Sparta

By Jim den Hollander


Three unanswered middle period goals were the difference for the Sauk Prairie Eagles varsity hockey team in a 5-2 win on the road at Sparta Youth Hockey Rink against Tomah/Sparta on Saturday (Jan. 9).

Otherwise, both teams added single goals in both the first and final periods and the Eagles never trailed in the contest.

Junior Erik Peterson opened the scoring 7:25 into the contest with help from sophomore Luke Mast, the home side responding with just under two minutes to play in the period as teams moved on to the second even at 1-1 despite a 10-3 margin in shots for the Eagles through the first 17-minutes.

Junior Micah Hanson gave the Eagles its second and final lead of the contest 1:41 into the second period and junior Hakon Peterson added two more to pad the lead before the end of the frame. Assists on the goals went to Erik Peterson, Hanson, Mast, and sophomore Ethan Tranel.

Tomah/Sparta pulled one more back with 8:50 to play in the contest, but if there were thoughts of a comeback, Erik Peterson put them to rest with the game’s final goal 49-seconds later, giving him back-to-back two-goal games and the forward has notched a pair in three of the team’s first five games so far.

The Eagles held another lopsided edge on the shot clock, 15-4 in the second, but the visitors outshot the Eagles 8-7 down the stretch.

Sophomore Kaden Stracke picked up the win in goal for the Eagles who enter a big and busy week sporting a 5-0-0 record.

The Eagles are scheduled to host Badger North rival RWD (9-3) tonight at 7 p.m. and will stay on home ice for a visit from Baraboo/Portage Thunderbirds on Thursday night before wrapping up the week Saturday afternoon at the Onalaska Omni Center, taking on the La Crosse Aquinas / Holmen Avalanche.