Flyers snatch third place away from Bantam Cheavers

By Jim den Hollander

Editor/Publisher

Saukhockey.info

The RWD Bantam Cheavers found themselves in a competitive group and discovered some familiar opponents at a Sparta tournament Jan. 16-17.

First  the locals came face to face with the Oregon Panthers, a Regional rival from earlier days with the South-Central Cyclones. The Panthers brushed the locals aside 7-1 but the Cheavers bounced back with a second round 5-1 win against the Sparta Spartans to earn a berth in the third-place contest.

Sauk Prairie Flyers, a current Regional rival for the Cheavers in the final contest that saw the locals grab a 3-0 lead, but ultimately falling 5-3 and settling for fourth place in the tournament.

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The Panthers opened a 2-0 lead and added two more in the middle frame against RWD.

By the time Bryan Mammos scored what would be his team’s only goal, the Panthers had five on the board, adding two more in the final 8:07 for the lopsided win.

Alex Griebe made 21 saves in goal for the Cheavers while the Panthers limited RWD to just a dozen shots at the opposite end.

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In the second game, goaltenders stepped up in a big way, just one goal scored in the first two periods. That goal came from Tye Barney on a feed from Kaden Uminski as Griebe kept his crease clean with eight saves through the first two frames.

Griebe was 3:44 from a shutout when Sparta finally hit the board and by then the Cheavers had already notched five.

Barney notched the game winner with 8:55 to on a feed from RJ Manley and Uminski added some insurance with 7:13 on the clock from Ryleigh Bychinski. Manley fired the final two for the Cheavers the first on a feed from Barney and the final one a solo effort.

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The Flyers couldn’t have started better when they returned to the rink Jan. 17 for the fourth-place contest. Barney hit the board first again, just 1:29 into the match with help from Gus DeFosse. Uminski added a solo effort 27 seconds later and the Cheavers were off and running.

Tristan Edgerton gave the local bantams a 3-0 margin with 3:02 to go in the period and the Flyers finally hit the board 33 seconds later when Brock Hill converted a pass from Audrey Hanko.

Connor Grant got the Flyers within a goal with his marker 3:49 into the second, from Hanko and Joshua Mast and Gavin Goetsch evened it up with 8:50 to go, teams wrapping up the middle frame even at 3-3.

Gunnar Nachreiner fired the game winner 2:49 into the final period from Mast and Landon Froese added some insurance with still a little more than 10-minutes to go, from Hill.

Griebe kicked out 24 shots in the contest while Corbin Domka stopped 17 including everything he saw in the final two periods.

Thunderbirds find elusive win against Cheavers

Baraboo-Thunderbirds varsity dragged a huge monkey off its back with a 3-2 win at Pierce Park Pavilion against the visiting RWD Cheavers on Jan. 16.

Thunderbirds last defeated RWD on Feb. 5, 2016 and while the team is currently fighting to get to the .500 plateau, they have looked solid in games on home ice at Pierce Park.

Both teams collected even strength goals in the opening period, Carson Zick getting the Thunderbirds on the board 8:02 into the contest before Clayton Pfaff pulled the Cheavers 2:50 later on a setup from Danny Ely.

Teams engaged in a rare goal-free/penalty-free middle period but Gabe Fitzwilliams needed jut 25 seconds into the final period to be the Thunderbirds on the board once again with assists for Oliver Scanlan and Campbell Koseor.

Peyton Sloan doubled the margin at the 6:07 mark from Zick, but Caden Brandt got the visitors within a goal again just 90 seconds later, from Carsen Brandt and Pfaff.

That was as close as the Cheavers could get though, Andrew Schaetzl stopping everything he saw the rest of the way for a 26-save win while Cooper Oakes turned in a 20-save effort for the Cheavers.

The win boosted the Thunderbirds to 6-9 on the season while the Cheavers fell to 9-5, losing twice in a row for the first time this season.

Eagles get by Thunderbirds to stay perfect

By Jim den Hollander

Editor/Publisher

Saukhockey.info

The Sauk Prairie Eagles remained perfect following a 5-2 win on home ice at Sauk Prairie Area Recreation Center (SPARC) against the Baraboo/Portage Thunderbirds on Jan. 14.

The Eagles, who boosted their overall record to 7-0 with the win, outshot the T-Birds 13-3 in the opening 17-minutes and used that to build a 2-0 cushion.

Erik Peterson and Micah Hanson fired the goals with assists for Caeben Schomber, Hakon Peterson and Erik Peterson.

The lone goal of the middle period came from Campbell Koseor on a feed from Oliver Scanlan to get the Thunderbirds within one with a period to play.

Hanson’s second of the game was the game winner, 4:02 into the final period, but Luna Larson had the Thunderbirds within one again at the 8:51 mark.

Luke Mast restored the two-goal cushion for the Eagles 15 seconds later and Nick Mast added insurance with 4:50 to go, from Hakon Peterson.

Andrew Schaetzl was kept busy in the Thunderbirds’ goal, turning aside 39 of 44 Sauk Prairie shots, including an 18-5 margin for the home team in the final period. Kaden Stracke collected the win in goal for the Eagles, handling all but a pair of the 17 shots he faced.