Griebe shutout leads Bantam Cheavers past Verona

By Jim den Hollander


A 17-save shutout for Alex Griebe helped the RWD Bantam Cheavers wrap up a 3-0 win against the Verona Wildcats at Reedsburg Area Community Arena (RACA) on Sunday (Jan. 10).

The Cheavers collected a goal in each period, waiting until the final seconds of the frame on the first two.

Tristan Edgerton collected the game winner converting a pass from Carter Renneberg as the buzzer sounded to end the first period and Bryton Clark notched the second just 14 ticks from the end of the middle period from Tye Barney and Jason Hess.

Nick McPherson added the insurance marker early in the final period from Alec Breunig and Renneberg.

RWD outshot the Wildcats 26-17, the widest margin coming in the middle frame when the home team held a 13-3 advantage.

The win boosted the team’s overall season record to 16-5 and this weekend the team hits the road to a Sparta tournament beginning Saturday with a 10 a.m. game against the Oregon Panthers and then back at 2 p.m. against the Sparta Spartans.

Bantam Cheavers have not played either team yet this season.

Next home game for the Cheavers will be next Saturday against Onalaska.

Tristan Edgerton’s goal at the first period buzzer ended up being the game winner on Sunday


Beale holds hot stick in weekend wins for Bantam T-Birds

By Jim den Hollander


Baraboo Bantam T-Birds wrapped up a couple wins this past weekend with some solid performances from Jordi Beale at Pierce Park Pavilion

Beale scored twice in each game as the T-Birds rolled over Verona Wildcats by a 6-2 count on Saturday (Jan. 9) then handled West Salem Panthers 7-2 on Sunday.

In the opening contest it was the Wildcats on the board first, but Thomas Sarnow fired a pair of first period goals for the T-Birds to put them up 2-1 before the end of the opening period. Beale set up the first goal and Wade Zemanovic picked up an assist on the other one.

Three unanswered middle period goals settled this one, Bobby Meeker scoring the first 3:58 into the period and others added by Bodie Thompson and Beale in the final 5:02. Sarnow and Nathan Gneiser collected assists.

Beale wrapped up the Baraboo scoring from Meeker early in the third and after opening the scoring, the Wildcats wrapped it up with the game’s final goal with 6:21 to play.

Josiah Fanning started in goal for the T-Birds and allowed just one goal before Brayden Goyett-Fuller came in to wrap up in the third period.

Against the Panthers on Sunday, Sarnow fired an early goal again, from Beale, but the visitors responded just 37 seconds later. Thompson notched another with 95 seconds to go in the period giving the home side a 2-1 lead after a period once again.

Beale fired the game winner, from Sarnow 13 seconds into the second and added another a little more than four minutes later with help from Meeker.

Gneiser added another second period goal with Meeker and Reese Olson collecting third period tallies. Both third period goals came on set ups from Beale and Colin Mattson assisted on Gneiser’s goal.

Fanning played the first period in goal for the T-Birds with Goyett-Fuller taking over in the third.

The wins snapped a two-game skid for the T-Birds and boosted the team’s overall record to 8-7. This weekend, Waunakee ‘B’ Wildcats will be at Pierce Park Pavilion for a game at 2:30 p.m. Saturday and the locals will hit the road to Harris Park Ice Arena to meet the Dodgeville Ice Wolves on Sunday at 3:30 p.m.

Manley fires three to lift Cheavers past Wildcats

By Jim den Hollander


In between matches at the Dells Cup Tournament, the RWD Peewee ‘A’ Cheavers jammed in two more with a pair of games against the Waunakee ‘B’ Wildcats at Reedsburg Area Community Arena (RACA) on Saturday.

The result was a split as the Wildcats collected a 4-2 win against the Cheavers Saturday morning, just 12 hours after its tournament opener on the same ice. The Cheavers salvaged a split with a 3-2 win in another game at 12:15, giving players time to rest up for another game Saturday night in tournament action.

In the first game, both teams scored in the first period, Landen Uminski scoring for the Cheavers and Trevor Day for the Wildcats.

Wyatt Arnold had a set up on the Uminski goal and collected another assist on a second period goal for Tyler Krieski.

Wildcats scored three times in the middle period, Rylan Port collecting the game winner and insurance goals with the other added by Paige Nowinski.

Jordan Kowalski stopped 19 of 23 shots in the game for the Cheavers who outshot their guest 26-23.

RJ Manley notched all three goals for the Cheavers in the second game, including the only goal of the opening period with a pass from Arnold.

Wildcats tied it up with a goal from Port early in the second, but Manley put the Cheavers into the lead again in the seventh minute of the period and then padded the margin with 2:51 to go in the frame after taking a pass from Elizabeth Haag.

Lilly Wagner scored for the Wildcats 58 seconds later, but that was as close as they could get thanks to Kowalski who kicked out all seven shots he faced in the third on his way to a 24-save effort. The Cheavers fired 35 shots the other way, including 15 in the opening period.

The win Saturday afternoon snapped a three-game skid for the Cheavers, its longest of the season.

The weekend matches move the Cheavers to 21-11 on the season  and the teams head into a well-deserved rest this weekend before heading North for a tournament in Rice Lake Jan. 23-25.

RJ Manley finished off his hat trick with 2:51 to play in the second period.