By Jim den Hollander
The Baraboo T-Birds bantams hockey team has put together a three-game winning streak in the past two weekends.
After grabbing a pair of wins – 5-2 and 10-1 on Jan. 23, the Bantam T-Birds hit the road for a game at the Onalaska Omni Center on Saturday, collecting a 4-1 win against the Onalaska/Holmen Tornado.
Flames 2 @ T-Birds 5
In the first game against the Flames, Reese Olson opened the scoring the lone goal of the first period, from Nathan Gneiser and Bodie Thompson early in the period.
The game was all but settled in the middle frame as the home side increased its margin to 4-1, both teams adding one more in the third.
Jordan Beale scored the first goal of the second period, from Jordan Puzek and Gneiser increased the margin less than two minutes later with help from Olson and Colin Mattson. Another for Olson had the T-Birds up 4-0, from Beale and the Flames finally found a way to the Baraboo mesh.
The Flames added another to get within two and Thomas Sarnow wrapped it up with 26 seconds to play on a feed from Thompson.
Josiah Fanning and Brayden Goyett-Fuller split the work in goal for the T-Birds.
Flames 1 @ T-Birds 10
T-Birds grabbed control of the second game with three unanswered first period goals and by the time the third period got underway the home team owned a 7-1 margin.
Beale fired a hat trick to pace the Baraboo attack, Sarnow and Gneiser both added two goals and an assist. Thompson collected a goal and assist with other goals scored by Wade Zemanovic and Olson.
Fanning picked up the win in goal for the T-Birds.
T-Birds 4 @ Tornado 1
On Saturday, the T-Birds used another quick start, this time a 2-0 first period lead, to grab control.
Beale fired both first period goals unassisted and Sarnow collected a goal and assist in the middle period with a goal for Gneiser and another assist going to Mattson.
Goyett-Fuller picked up the win in goal, unbeaten until the opening minute of the final period when the Tornado hit for its only goal of the contest.
The streak boosts the overall record for the T-Birds to 12-8 and the local squad has won six of its past season games.
This weekend the T-Birds are scheduled to play a pair on Saturday against the Fond du Lac Thunder at Pierce Park Pavilion at 9:45 a.m. and 12:45 p.m., then wrap up a busy weekend at Sparta in a 10 a.m. contest Sunday against the host Spartans.