Crusaders clinch in in final period against Cheavers

By Jim den Hollander  


The RWD varsity Cheavers dropped its first conference test of the season despite a gritty effort and yet another standout performance between the pipes.  

Outshot 17-5 through the opening period, senior goaltender Cooper Oakes kept everything out of the RWD net and teams were still scoreless heading to the second.  

The visitors put up another 15-7 margin on the scoreboard and broke through with a pair of middle period markers, but in between was junior John Scott’s first goal of the season, from sophomore Trey Lariden, keeping the game close at 2-1 with a period to play.  

The Crusaders finally pulled away with two goals in the opening seven minutes of the final period.  

Seniors J.J. Wiebusch and Aidan Lenz both scored a pair for the Crusaders while assisting on one for the Crusaders and senior Cody Menzel had three assists. All three played for the Team Wisconsin 18U team this fall.  

The loss dropped the Cheavers to 2-3 overall and 0-1 in Badger West Division play while the Crusaders improved to 2-1 and opened conference play with a win. 

Tomas Komdofer made his varsity debut with the team Friday and the defense corps is expecting a boost in time for Tuesday’s contest. 

The Cheavers will be on home ice again Tuesday for the always exciting rivalry contest against the Baraboo/Portage Thunderbirds at 7 p.m. The Crusaders were scheduled to play Saturday night at Hartmeyer Ice Arena against the Madison Memorial Spartans and also faces a big conference match Tuesday on home ice at LaBahn Arena in Madison against the 3-0 Sauk Prairie Eagles. 

Offense too late for JV Cheavers against Crusaders

By Jim den Hollander  


The RWD junior varsity Cheavers took a while to get its offense started allowing the visiting Madison Edgewood Crusaders a chance to pull away for a 5-2 win. 

The Crusaders carried a 2-0 lead out of the first period and added three more in the middle period before the host side finally hit the board with two down the stretch.  

Freshman Tristan Edgerton scored the first RWD goal slamming home the rebound of a shot by freshman Kaden Uminski. The second goal came from Conner Putz who one-timed a shot from the top of the crease after a pass from behind the net off the stick of Nate Stando. 

Freshman Matt Richter scored twice for the Crusaders with others for Sam Schauchte, Ben Block and Dylan Lenz. 

Both freshman Alex Griebe in goal for the Cheavers and Lawson Kinsman in goal for the Crusaders made 26 saves in the contest.  Dylan Lenz, B

The Cheavers’ record falls to 4-2 with the loss to the Crusaders and they face a rematch with the Baraboo/Portage Thunderbirds Tuesday night who they defeated in their opening game of the season. 

Late goal lifts Fury past Lightning

By Jim den Hollander  


The result in the end was a loss, but the Badger Lightning varsity hockey team showed Thursday night it is not going to be pushed around by the rest of the Badger Conference anymore.  

After opening with a pair of home wins against Beaver Dam the prior weekend, the Lightning hit the road for the first time, Friday, making the trip to Beloit to face the Rock County Fury and absorbing its first loss of the season by a 2-1 margin.  The Fury led the game for only 89 seconds. Unfortunately for the visitors it was the final 89.

The Fury run a winning streak vs. The Lighting to 11 games but felt the Lightning squad’s breath on their neck the whole way.  

Part of the credit goes to sophomore goaltender Alyssa Gada who kicked out 32 shots to keep her team in it, but while the Lightning was outshot the 34-23, much closer than other games. Also, the Lightning who were comfortable in previous seasons with a short bench actually had one more skater than the Fury in the game.  

Lightning junior, Kayla Capener had her team on the board first with her fourth goal and ninth point of the young season late in the opening period. The Fury rallied to tie it up at nearly the exact same point in the middle period and notched the game winner 89 seconds from the final buzzer.  

Sophomore Emma Kligora and senior Sara Loerke scored the Fury goals.  

Capener’s point has her tied for sixth in state in both assists and points. Strangely, Gada doesn’t show up on the state’s top 10, but here .932 save percentage ties her for fifth-best. 

The Lightning dropped to 2-1 on the season and 1-1 in Badger Conference play while the Fury climbed to 3-1-1 with the win and 1-0 in conference play. (The Fury played again Friday night, dropping a 5-0 shutout loss to the Bay Area Ice Bears in Ashwaubenon. 

The Lightning play at home again Friday, hosting the 0-2 Wisconsin Valley Union in a 6 p.m. faceoff at Pierce Park Pavilion before facing its toughest contest so far, facing the Cap City Cougars at Waunakee Ice Pond on Monday night. 

Oregon’s big three too much for understaffed Thunderbirds

By Jim den Hollander  


The Baraboo/Portage Thunderbirds found out Thursday (Dec. 2) the previous hype about the Oregon Panthers was deserved as they dropped their Badger West Conference opener 14-6 at the Oregon Ice Arena.  

The Panthers have been an offensive juggernaut out of the gate, led by a trio who currently hold down the top three spots in the WIAA state scoring race.  

Panthers had the game all but won after 17 minutes, carrying a 7-1 cushion to the middle period, but the Tbirds showed it can put some goals up in a hurry as well, outscoring its host 5-3, including four straight to end the period.  

Four more unanswered goals in the third carried widened the final gap for the Panthers.  

Sophomore Andrew Jicha scored five goals and set up a pair to stay in the state scoring lead with junior Kyle Rohrer who scored two and added five assists. Senior Kyle Roemer collected a goal and six assists to match the seven points of his mates. 

Thunderbirds, hampered by injuries and illness out of the gate, had just a dozen skaters on the scoresheet but spread out the scoring well with eight picking up at least a point.  

Junior Landon Olson led the way with a goal and two assists and senior Gabe Fitzwilliams fired a pair of goals. Freshman Nathan Gneiser and junior Luke Schweda both set up a pair, junior Peyton Sloan adding a goal and assist. Sophomores Carson Zick and Dylann Carpenter fired the other goals and senior Oliver Scanlan picked up an assist.  

The loss dropped the Thunderbirds to 1-2 on the season and 0-1 in Badger West Conference place while the Panthers boosted its record to 3-1 overall and 1-0 in the Badger West. (The Panthers played again Friday and picked up a 6-2 win against the McFarland Spartans). 

Thunderbirds face another road conference test Tuesday at RACA against the rival RWD Cheavers and will prepare for that with a home game Monday at Pierce Park Pavilion against the Madison LaFollette/East Lakers. 

Stracke-McInerney share Eagles’ shutout

By Jim den Hollander  


The Sauk Prairie Eagles boosted its record to 3-0 on the season and collected its first Badger West Conference win with a 9-0 shutout against the visiting Monroe Cheesemakers Thursday (Dec. 2) at the Sauk Prairie Area Recreation Center (SPARC). 

Up 4-0 after a period, the Eagles added two more in the middle period and put it away with another three down the stretch.  

A rare shared shutout saw junior goaltenders Brooks McInerney and Kaden Stracke for a combined 13-save effort.  

On the score sheet, junior Luke Mast led the charge with a hat trick and three assists in the contest while senior Nick Mast collected two goals and two helpers.  

Senior Hakon Peterson finished with three assists, senior Micah Hanson collecting a goal and assist. Other goals came from junior Landon Clary, senior Brandon Mittelstedt and sophomore Thor Peterson.  

Sophomore Colin Harrington, freshman Gunnar Nachreiner and senior Porter Kreul picked up assists for the Eagles who have now outcored opponents 24-7 in its first three contests.  

This game was the first of five straight conterence matches for the Eagles. The tough assignment ahead is a trip to LaBahn Arena in Madison to take on the 2-1 Madison Edgewood Crusaders. 

Next home game for the Eagles will be Thursday (Dec. 9) against the Oregon Panthers at 7 p.m.