The Sauk Prairie Monkeys 12U Squirt team made the trek to Stevens Point and collected back-to-back wins against the host Wisconsin Valley Union Junior Eagles on Saturday.
The Monkeys’ defense shook off a rough start, trailing 3-0 after the first period of play and allowed just one more goal through its final five periods. After rallying back for a 7-4 win in the opener, the Monkeys dominated the second game on its way to an 8-0 shutout win.
12U Monkeys 7 WVU Jr. Eagles 4
The Monkeys scored twice in the second period to get within one in the opening contest, then exploded for five in the third period, including the tying and go-ahead goals 25 seconds apart.
Sidney Zeutzius led the Monkeys with a three-goal game, Emma Wipperfurth adding a goal and assist, and other goals scored by Evelyn Bahe, Natalee Gesicki and Evelyn Gurney. Anjali Ballweg and Eleanor Potter also picked up helpers and Lucy Hahn turned in a 13-save effort to collect the win in goal.
Amaya Collins scored three for the Eagles, Katie Winder adding a goal and assist and Ellie Czaikowski setting up a pair.
Issie Wojcik was kept busy in the Eagles’ net with 43 shots on goal for the Monkeys.
12U Monkeys 8 WVU Jr. Eagles 0
The second game was all-Monkeys as they scored three unanswered goals in both the first and second periods and added two more in the third.
Mateya Conklin powered the Monkeys’ attack with four goals and an assist, Emmalyn Ezman scoring a pair. Hayley Royster and Phoebe Hager, Royster adding an assist. Also chipping in an assist was Lucy Hahn.
Megan Collins picked up the shutout win in goal for the Monkeys and Wojcik was busy again, kicking out 32 of 40 for the Eagles.
The wins boost the regular season record for the 12U Monkeys to 2-1-1. On Saturday, the Monkeys will face a tough challenge, traveling to Verona to face the 14U ‘B’ Madison Mavericks.
After a tough opening game to the weekend against the visiting Sauk Prairie Flyers (see story), the RWD Squirt ‘A’ Cheavers got back into the win column with a pair of victories Sunday at the Reedsburg Area Community Arena (RACA).
In its first game of the day, Jamison Haag fired four goals and Jase Uminski collected his first career shutout, leading the locals to a 6-0 against the visiting Middleton Cardinals Squirt ‘C’ club. Later, the locals outlasted the Waunakee Wildcats by a 5-2 score.
Caleb Backeberg chipped in a goal and assist, and Brayden Potter fired the other for the Cheavers who peppered Middleton goaltender Finn Mauk with 33 shots. Uminski was helped out by some solid defensive play from Rainier Scott, Cole Renneberg and Briar Messer.
Haag stayed hot with another hat trick against the Wildcats to wrap up a seven-goal day, other goals added by Scott and Renneberg.
The weekend results boosted the team’s early season record to 3-2. The Cheavers will face a tough assignment Saturday with a return trip to Sauk to play the Flyers before traveling to Black River Falls to play both the Squirt ‘A’ and ‘B’ Tigers.
A four-goal effort for Bryce Argall helped the Sauk Prairie Flyers Squirt ‘A’ squad open its Wisconsin Amateur Hockey Assocation (WAHA) regular season with an 8-0 win on the road at Reedsburg Area Community Arena (RACA) against the host RWD Cheavers on Saturday morning.
Joshua Freeman chipped in a goal and assist for the Flyers with other goals added by Brayton Bahe, Milo Donaldson and Henry Zueltke.
Mason Ramirez kicked out all eight shots he faced to open the season with a shutout and Jase Uminski was the game’s busiest player, stopping 27 shots in goal for the Cheavers.
Both teams were successful the rest of the way through the weekend, the Flyers returning home for a pair of Sunday wins, the Cheavers moving on to defeat the Middleton ‘C’ Squirts 6-0 and handling the Waunakee Squirt ‘C’ Warriors 5-2.
Meanwhile, the Flyers played a pair of home games at the Sauk Prairie Area Recreation Center (SPARC), doubling up both Verona and Waunakee with 4-2 margins.
This weekend the Flyers will hit the road again Saturday for a game in Middleton and return home for a rematch against the Cheavers.
The young and short-staffed Dells Ducks continue to inch closer to respectability despite a growing number in the loss column.
This past weekend the Ducks dropped all three games in a brief homestand against the Wiscolnsin Rapids Riverkings and Hudson Havoc.
After dropping the first game 10-2 against the Wisconsin Rapids Riverkings, the Ducks welcomed the Havoc on Saturday and Sunday, falling 9-2 and 6-0.
The Ducks fell to 1-17-0-0 with the losses but despite the lopsided scores there are clear signs of progress – albeit baby steps – especially when compared to the previous season.
Riverkings 10 Ducks 2
The Riverkings demolished the Ducks by a combined score of 63-3 in six games played last season. The Ducks grabbed two-thirds of those goals for in their first meeting with the Riverkings Friday and have made strides on offense this season.
Early goals have hindered the Ducks this season and while the Ducks looked sharp through the first five minutes, the Riverkings did manage to notch one in the eighth minute, the only goal of the opening period.
The Ducks’ Waterloo came in the final five minutes of the second period. The Riverkings went up 3-0 but Caden Glamkowski responded with his 12th goal of the season, from Jack Kopfstein and Jayden Tkaczuk less than a minute later.
Teams traded four more goals through the final three minutes of the period, but three of those four came off Riverkings sticks turning a 3-1 lead into a 6-2 margin heading to the third.
Glamkowski notched the other Ducks’ goal was well, help coming from Bryce Jacobsen and Jacob Cartland.
Anthony Falzone stopped all but one of the 17 shots he faced in the opening period, but the Riverkings wore the Ducks’ goaltender down in the middle frame with 28 more shots and he ended up with 47 saves on 55 shots before William Carney took over in the final 15 minutes, beaten twice on 20 shots before the final buzzer.
Havoc 9 Ducks 2
The puck was dropped on Saturday night and the Ducks immediately found itself under pressure from the Hudson squad.
Thanks in part to some standout goaltending from Carney, the Ducks made it into the second half of the period without surrendering a goal, despite a dominant from for the guests who fired the game’s first 21 shots on its way to a 38 shot period and a 3-1 lead on the score sheet.
Ironically, the Ducks cut into a 3-0 Havoc lead with its first shot of the night as Tkaczuk buried his fourth of the season, from Glamkowski.
Tkaczuk added another in the second, from Glamkowski and Kopfstein and the Ducks were still in the game, trailing 5-2 with 20 minutes to go. Four more down the stretch for a Havoc team on its way to an overwhelming 82-19 margin in shots led to the lopsided score
Havoc 6 Ducks 0
After allowing the first 21 shots the previous day, the Ducks came out and put the first shot of the game at the Hudson goaltender, but the lead was short-lived as Drew Moseley kicked out all 18 he faced for the Ducks who remained scoreless entering the second despite an 18-3 edge on shots for the visitors.
The Havoc finally opened the scoring in the fourth minute of the middle period and carried a 3-0 lead into the third where three more put the game out of reach.
In all, Moseley faced 69 shots.
The shots against is an area the Ducks have tried to address since the beginning of the season and while the edge is still lopsided it is general still better than last season. No doubt though, the goaltenders have accepted the role of trying to put the team on its back on many nights.
The Ducks headed back into practice this week to prepare for its first two-game weekend in a month. It wll seem like a break compared to the 10 games placed in the past two weeks. The Ducks will head to Isanti, MN to take on the Rum River Mallards for the final two times this season. Game time will be 7 p.m. on both nights and both games will be available on HockeyTV