The Baraboo/Portage Thunderbirds Bantams and Sauk Prairie Flyers ‘B’ Bantams tangled for the first time this season Sunday, the Flyers collecting a 6-3 win at Pierce Park Pavilion in Baraboo.
Teams were even at 1-1 after a period as Wyatt Jost opened the scoring for the Thunderbirds with 5:18 to play in the period before Jacob Wiegmann tied it up with 2:42 left, from Ryan Flynn.
Wiegmann put the Flyers in front after taking a pass from Kaleb Chetwood 3:29 into the middle period and this time Baraboo rallied back, Benjamin Kramer burying an unassisted goal just past the halfway mark of the period.
Wiegmann wrapped up a hat trick off another feed from Chetwood to boost the Flyers to a 3-2 cushion at the break.
Chetwood’s third point was the game winning goal, and he added another assist on a goal by Flynn before the period was five minutes old.
Flynn notched another, from Wiegmann later in the period and the final game came from Dayana Wade, from Brody Bjorklund for the Thunderbirds in the game’s final minute.
The Flyers held a slim 23-22 edge in shots in the contest.
The Sauk Prairie Bantam ‘B’ Flyers grabbed three weekend wins to boost its season opening record to a perfect 4-0.
A unique home-and-home set with the Waukesha Warhawks saw the locals making the trek to Naga-Waukee Ice Arena in Delafield and grabbing a 2-1 win against the host Warhawks Saturday, then returning home to the Sauk Prairie Area Recreation Center (SPARC) for a 5-3 win against the same team later in the day.
On Sunday, the bantams traveled to Baraboo’s Pierce Park Pavilion to wrap up the weekend with a 6-3 win against the Baraboo/Portage Bantam T-Birds (see related story).
Flyers 2 @ Warhawks 1
The Warhawks opened the scoring in this one, but that would be the lone goal of the contest for the home team thanks to a solid 28-save performance from Ethan Goodman in the Flyers’ goal.
Ryan Flynn scored the equalizer before the game was five minutes old and the 1-1 draw stood up all the way to the final period when Flynn struck again with the game winner inside the final four minutes of the contest.
Kaleb Chetwood and Tucker Acker both collected assists in the game for the Flyers.
Warhawks 3 @ Flyers 5
In the rematch, the Flyers finally got a chance to play on home ice and once again battled back from an early deficit.
Chetwood converted a feed from Acker with 15 seconds to play in the opening period to even the score after a Warhawks’ goal in the second minute of the contest.
Jacob Wiegmann put the Flyers in front for the first time from Chetwood and Flynn early in the second period, but it was the Warhawks with a 3-2 edge at the break.
Austin Smith took over in the third, evening the score 4:32 into the contest and burying the game winner with 2:17 to play. Gavin Krueger and Tyler Jorgenson picked up assists on one of the Smith goals.
Chetwood clinched the win with 63 seconds to play taking a pass from Jorgenson.
Goodman picked up his second win of the day with 19 saves.
After opening its weekend with a big win in Reedsburg (see story below), the Sauk Prairie Squirt ‘A’ Flyers wrapped up a perfect weekend with wins on home ice against Verona and Waunakee.
Bryce Argall continued his torrid pace, following up the four goals he scored in Reedsburg with another trio in an early morning game at Sauk Prairie Area Recreation Center (SPARC) against the Verona ‘B’ Wildcats in a 4-2 Flyers’ win and another four later in the day against the Waunakee ‘B’ Wildcats, pacing his team to another 4-2 win and an amazing 11-goal weekend.
Brayton Bahe fired the other goal against Verona and all four goals were unassisted. Mason Ramirez collected his second straight win with his second straight eight-save contest.
Against Waunakee, Milo Donaldson collected an assist for the Flyers.
The Flyers will play a pair of games this weekend, traveling to Bob Suter’s Capitol Ice Arena Saturday at 12:15 p.m. to play the Middleton Cardinals Squirt ‘A’ squad and returning home for a rematch with the RWD ‘A’ Squirts at SPARC with a 6:30 p.m. puck drop.