Hailey Dietl helped the Team Wisconsin 12U squad wrap up a perfect Illinois getaway with three weekend wins in the Windy City area.
On Saturday (Sept. 11), the team visited The Edge Ice Arena, former home of the USHL’s Chicago Steel for a game, Dietl setting up one of her team’s goals in a 2-1 edge against the host Chicago Mission.
The following day started early as TW hit the ice for a 7:50 a.m. faceoff against the Chicago Americans at Crown Community Ice Arena in Evanston. Clearly early risers, the Wisconsin team grabbed a 4-2 win and returned for a 3-2 win against the same team on the same ice at 11:40 a.m.
After a 3-1 weekend two weekends earlier at the Minnesota AAA Summer Finale tournament, the 12U TW squad is enjoying a 7-1 record so far.
This coming weekend TW will stay in state for a pair of games against Team Red Saturday, then travels to Brewtown for a pair against the Milwaukee Junior Admirals on Sunday.
Team Wisconsin 16U squad faced one of the nation’s top teams and learned some tough lessons this past weekend.
The team made the trip to Fairbault, Minn. To take on the Shattuck St. Mary’s U16 team, dropping a 6-2 decision Saturday and falling 5-0 in the getaway game on Sunday. Luke Mast, a junior with the Sauk Prairie Eagles was absent from the event.
In the first team, the home side scored the lone goal of the opening period and added two more before Mason Keller (Sophomore — SPASH Panthers) got Team Wisconsin on the board, from Adam Timm (Sophomore – Rice Lake Warriors) and Brody Dietz (Hudson Raiders).
Shattuck carried the 3-1 lead into the final period and doubled their score before Kyle Rohrer (Sophomore – Oregon Panthers) finished it off for TW with his sixth goal and 12th point in nine games for the squad. Timm got a set up on the goal.
In the second game, Shattuck turned in a perfect defensive effort, handing TW its fourth loss and first shutout defeat in 10 games this season.
The 6-4-0 TW side will be back in action this weekend, playing four times at an event at Brooklyn Park, Minn., near the Twin Cities.
An impressive cast of AAA teams will see Team Wisconsin playing Honeybaked U16 at 9 a.m. Friday and returning for a 3:30 p.m. game against Chicago Mission. At 5 p.m. Saturday, Team Wisconsin will take on the Windy City Storm for the fourth time this season (TW has won two of three). Wrapping it up early Sunday will be game against Little Caesar’s.
Those games will help prepare the team for a huge event the following weekend as they play at the opening Showcase of the United States hockey League, the only Tier 1 league in the USA. That tournament will have an overwhelming number of scouts, representing all 32 NHL teams.
The South-Central 14U Girls Wisconsin Elite Hockey League (WEHL) team rallied back from a pair of opening weekend defeats against the West squad with back-to-back shutouts against the South-East WEHL squad at Lake Delton Ice Arena Sunday (Sept. 12)
Goaltenders Alexa Moore, from Tomah (TNT/Blue Devils) kicked out 20 shots in the first encounter, a 3-0 win for South-Central and Lily Rosenthal from Sun Prairie (Madison Mavericks Jr. Wis. Stars) turned aside another 10 in the second game, won by the locals 1-0.
In the opener, South-Central scored once in each period, beginning with Tahni Barger a DeForest native that played with both the Sauk Monkeys and Sauk Flyers along with Wildcat Youth Hockey. Barger drained a long range shot from just inside the blue line 20-seconds from the end of the opening period. Olivia Dull from Waunakee had a set up on the goal by Barger.
Barger is one of three Sauk County blue liners on the team – joined by Reedsburg’s Paige Othmer (Badger Lightning, RWD, Blue Devils AAA) and Sarah Hash, a Middleton native that played with both the Sauk Prairie Flyers and Sauk Monkeys as well as the Wisconsin Jr. Stars. Also on the team is Baraboo’s Reese Olson (Badger Lightning, Blue Devils AAA).
Other home team goals came from Anna Phillips from Black River Falls and Carolina Cutrano, also Waunakee (Mavericks).
Teams played through a pair of 15-minute frames settling nothing, although the South-Central team held an edge in both shots and control of the contest.
Ironically, the only goal of the contest came with South-Central shorthanded as Dull put one in under the cross bar, spoiling an otherwise brilliant effort from Elizabeth Bowers of Cedarburg (Ozaukee Youth Hockey) who stopped all but one of the 46 shots she faced, often two or more at a time.
Head Coach Jared O’Neill was pleased with the effort of his team (see video interview below) as the team evened its Before Season record at 2-2.
The Dells Ducks dropped another test in the third of four games at Southgate Civic Ice Arena, near Detroit, falling 7-4 to the Detroit Fighting Irish.
Offensively this was the team’s best game of the weekend as rookie Jacob Cartland (‘02/Mukwonago, WI) and Caden Glamkowski (‘04/St. Charles, IL) worked together to erase a 2-0 deficit. Cartland notched the first on a feed from Glamkowski, then returned the favor, setting up Glamkowski for his second of the weekend.
The host Irish fired a pair of unanswered middle period goals and clinched the win with three more in the third.
Bryce Jacobsen (‘02/DeForest, WI) fought back with a goal inside the final eight minutes, then set up Seth Stoutenburg (‘03/Roseville, Minn.) on the same shift to make the final minutes a little more interesting.
Jadon Mammen (‘04/Grapevine, TX) managed the work in goal for the Ducks who were outshot in the contest.
Ducks were playing without the services of forward Jayden Tkaczuk and goaltender Anthony Falzone, sidelined with a suspension for an altercation in Friday’s game against the same squad.
Head Coach Shaun Falzone is not as concerned with wins or losses this weekend as he normally would be as that is not the overall purpose of the weekend.
“It’s all about a learning experience,” said the Coach adding, it should reduce the stage-fright in the younger players before they head into the regular season at home on Friday.
“This whole weekend is to learn, how to take a hit and to get these guys some experience. It’s a wake-up call to pull our own weight and get through.”
The Ducks will try to salvage a win in its fourth and final contest in the Detroit area, but it won’t be easy as they will once again be facing the Metro Jets – perennial champions from the Midwest-Great Lakes Division. Game time for that one is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. at the same rink. The broadcast will be available on LiveBarn and on the DFI facebook page — https://www.facebook.com/DFIPuck/videos/1492622947744465/
Happy Birthday Blue!
Despite a loss, there was some celebrating to do for the Ducks on Saturday as Dawson Blue (‘03/North Richland Hills, TX) celebrated his 18th Birthday.
A second-year member of the Ducks, Blue learned the ropes playing both defense and forward last season. This season he has been a key member of the ‘Red Line’ for the Ducks and looks forward to providing a stronger impression as a forward.