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.

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