By Jim den Hollander
The Sauk Prairie Eagles varsity hockey team wrapped up a four-games in six-days stretch with three more wins and its first defeat of the 2020-21 WIAA season.
Beginning on Saturday, Jan. 16 with a 4-0 shutout against another Sectional rival, the Aquinas/Holmen Avalanche at the Onalaska Omni, adding another goose egg against the Stoughton Vikings 11-0 two nights later at Sauk Prairie Area Recreation Center (SPARC) which pushed the team to 9-0 before the Beaver Dam Golden Beavers snatched the 10th away from the Eagles with some solid goaltending leading the way to a 3-2 edge on Tuesday.
The Eagles got back up and took any frustrations it might have had out on the Onalaska Hilltoppers with a 6-3 win and another lopsided shot edge at SPARC on Friday night.
Sauk Prairie Eagles 4 @ Aquinas/Holmen Avalanche 0
The Eagles grabbed control of the contest in Onalaska with three goals in the second half of the second half of the opening period. Micah Hanson opened the scoring with a powerplay tally on a feed from Hakon Peterson and Luke Mast doubled the margin from Nick Mast with 4:33 to play in the frame.
Erik Peterson hit the mesh with just under two minutes to play, from Hanson, giving the guests a comfortable lead heading to the second.
Hanson collected his third point and second goal of the contest in the second period from Hakon Peterson and Luke Mast.
The third period was scoreless and Brooks McInerney picked up the shutout win in his first varsity start, with 15 saves.
Stoughton Vikings 0 @ Sauk Prairie Eagles 11
He didn’t realize it at the time of course, but Luke Mast fired the game winning marker against Stoughton 25 seconds into the contest.
The Eagles rolled to a 5-0 first period lead, adding two more in the second and piling on another four in the third for the lopsided win.
Mast ended the game with three goals and an assist while Hakon Peterson, Nick Mast and Brodie Trollop each fired two goals, Peterson adding two assists while Mast and Trollop both added one. Caeben Schomber and Sam Severson collected the other Eagles’ goals, Erik Peterson setting up a pair and single assists for Nam Ganch, Brandon Mittelstaedt and Tyler Buechner.
McInerney and Kaden Stracke shared the goose egg in goal, both collecting three saves while the Eagles peppered Max Nihles in the Stoughton crease with 51 shots.
Sauk Prairie Eagles 2 @ Beaver Dam Golden Beavers 3
Gavin Hearley brought a sudden end to a stretch of 119:30 of shutout hockey for the Eagles, scoring the lone goal of the first period for the Beavers.
Erik Peterson evened it up 6:47 into the second from Hakon Peterson, but the Golden Beavers scored the next two. Nick Mast brought the Eagles back to within one 15 seconds from the end of the second period, from Hakon Peterson and Luke Mast.
The Eagles fired 20 shots at the Beaver Dam goaltender, Kirk Davis in the middle period and couldn’t find a way past him with the equalizer with another dozen in the third on its way to a 41-shot night.
Stracke kicked out 25 of 28 in goal for the Eagles.
Onalaska/La Crosse Hilltoppers 3 @ Sauk Prairie Eagles 6
The Eagles wrapped up the busy stretch and got back on the winning track Saturday doubling the Hilltoppers.
The Eagles trailed early again, and it was Erik Peterson once again pulling them even with an assist for Luke Mast.
Hilltoppers moved in front two more times in the middle period and both times the Eagles responded to tie it up. Peterson’s second tied it 2-2 and Luke Mast evened it at 3-3. Both assisted on the other’s marker with another assist for Nick Mast.
Severson gave the Eagles its first lead of the contest 6:43 into the final period from Brodie Trollop with late game insurance added by Hakon Peterson and Luke Mast, the final one into the empty cage.
Nick Mast picked up two more assists and Luke Mast wrapped up a five-point night with another helper.
Stracke collected the win in goal with 18 saves and Sawyer Nitti faced 42 in goal for the Hilltoppers.
The Eagles boosted its record to 10-1 with the win and have three games to play beginning Monday (January 25) against McFarland Spartans, then a possible Sectional preview as they faceoff against the group’s top seed, Madison Edgewood Crusaders Tuesday, wrapping up the regular season Thursday with one more home game, against Milton Red Hawks