By Jim den Hollander
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.