By Jim den Hollander
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.