Both Flyers bantam squads wrap up at State tourneys

By Jim den Hollander  

Editor/Publisher 

Saukhockey.info 

Both Sauk Prairie Flyers Bantam teams made the trip to their respective State Championship tournaments this past weekend both the Bantam ‘A’ and Bantam ‘B’ Flyers returning home with Consolation Final hardware. 

Both also faced a tough opening round opponent, going to the Consolation side of the draw with tough losses to eventual State Championship finalists. 

The procedure was the same at every state tournament played last weekend, each team playing twice on Saturday and returning for one final match on Sunday. 

In Shawano at the WAHA State 3A Championship tournament, the Bantam ‘A’ Flyers dropped a 5-2 decision to Ashland before bouncing back with a 7-3 decision against Marshfield Youth Hockey Blades. In the Consolation Championship game, the Flyers handled Waupun by a 7-2 score.  

The Ashland bantams moved to the State Championship game before falling 3-2 against Tomahawk. 

The weekend results wrapped up the WAHA season for the Bantam ‘A’ Flyers who posted a record of 25-13-1.

The Bantam ‘B’ Flyers were moved up from the WAHA State 3B to 3A Championship event facing some tougher caliber teams, due to a lack of teams at the 3B level.  

After dropping a 4-2 decision to the River Falls Wildcats in its opening game the Flyers rebounded with a 6-2 win against the New Richmond Tigers. 

That advanced the Flyers to the State Consolation Final where they handled the Mosinee Pride by a 6-4 score. 

Flyers 2 Wildcats 4  

The Flyers played the Cats even through a period, both teams scoring once. The Wildcats notched the lone goal of the second then outscored the Flyers through the final 15 minutes by a 2-1 margin. 

The first period Flyers’s goal came from Tucker Acker on a feed from Jacob Wilhelm and the other Flyers’ goal was scored by Caleb Chetwood with an assist for Lucas Rehlinger. 

Ethan Goodman handled the work in goal for the Flyers, stopping 29 of 33 shots. 

The loss moved the Flyers to the Consolation side of the draw.  

Flyers 6 Tigers 2  

In the second-round game, played later on Saturday, the Flyers jumped in to a 3-1 first period lead and never looked back, adding one more unanswered marker in the second and outscoring the Tigers 2-1 down the stretch.  

Slater Denu opened the scoring for the Flyers and set up the other two first period goals, scored by Ryan Flynn and Ryan Jorgenson before wrapping up his own hat trick with both third period goals.  

The second period goal came from Chetwood with help from Greyson Dunn. Flynn and Dunn both collected assists as well.  

Goodman stopped a dozen of the 14 shots he faced to help move the Flyers into the Consolation Final. 

Flyers 6 Pride 4  

On Sunday, the Pride and Flyers were even at 2-2 after a period and still knotted at 3-3 heading to the final period.  

The Flyers finally grabbed control with two goals in the opening 2:36 of the final period, then matched then another in the middle of the period before Mosinee added one more in the final six minutes. 

This time it was Chetwood with the hat trick to wrap up a five-goal weekend with goals in all three contests. Denu fired a pair and Tyler Jorgenson fired the Flyers’ first goal of the contest. Gavin Krueger chipped in three assists with others for Jacob Wiegmann and Flynn.  

Goodman backstopped the win with 26 saves, including 14 of 15 in a wild third period. 

The Bantam ‘B’ Flyers’ weekend record finished their season at 22-11-1. It was the final youth event for Chetwood, Flynn, Wilhelm, Acker and Denu who will all move under the Eagles’ umbrella next season. 

WAHA State Preview — Sauk Prairie Bantam ‘A’ Flyers

By Jim den Hollander  

Editor/Publisher  

Saukhockey.info 

Sauk Prairie Flyers Bantam ‘A’ Flyers 23-12-1 

Many, if not all members of the Sauk Prairie Bantam ‘A’ Flyers will be wrapping up the youth hockey portion of their respective hockey careers at the WAHA Bantam 3A State Championship in Marshfield this weekend. 

The team wrapped up the lone Region 4 spot at the state tournament on Feb. 6 with a 4-2 edge against the RWD Cheavers in Sun Prairie. The day prior, the Cheavers earned its spot in the regional championship game with a 2-1 win (shootout) against the Monroe Avalanche.  

The local bantam squad is tournament tested heading to Marshfield, putting up a record of 5-3 since the regional tournament and claiming the Bantam Championship at the Ultimate Tournaments Dairyland Classic on Feb. 20. 

The Flyers move on to Marshfield as one of eight teams, beginning its state championship run against Ashland (25-9-3) at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday. 

Each team will play twice on Saturday, the Flyers hitting the ice again at either 6:30 p.m. or 8:15 p.m. against either the Tomah/Sparta (15-7-1 – incomplete) bantams or the host Marshfield Blades (no statistics available), depending on first round results.  

Other teams included in the state tournament include the Tomahawk bantam Hatchets (no statistics available), Shawano Lightning (8-9-3 – incomplete), Somerset Spartans (21-10-5) and Waupun Youth Hockey (11-20-2). 

Teams will return Sunday for four final games, beginning with the 7th Place match at 9 a.m. and wrapping at 1:30 with the puck drop on the WAHA Bantam 3A State Championship game.  

Representing the Sauk Prairie Flyers will be Quinn Payne; Brock Hill; Blayze Caldwell; Taitym Banta; Douglas Jolicoeur; Gavin Goetsch; Landon Froese; Greyden Schomber; Austin Klemm; Joshua Mast; Rylan Burch; Carl Weiss; Benjamin Hanko and Cameron McInerney. 

Marshfield Area Ice Arena does have LiveBarn available so all 12 games should be available online. 

Saukhockey.info would like to wish the Sauk Prairie Bantam ‘A’ Flyers luck this weekend in Marshfield. 

The Sauk Prairie Bantam Flyers prepared for the WAHA Bantam 3A State Championship tournament with a championship run at the Ultimate Tournament Dairyland Classic Classic played in local arena, including SPARC February 18-21.

WAHA State Preview — Sauk Prairie Squirt ‘A’ Flyers

By Jim den Hollander  

Editor/Publisher 

Saukhockey.info 

This is the first of six previews of WAHA State Championship tournaments involving local youth teams this weekend. 

Sauk Prairie Squirt ‘A’ Flyers 18-10-2 (some game results missing) – Shawano 

The Squirt ‘A’ Flyers will be representing Region 4 at the State Squirt 3A tournament to be held in Shawano.  

The local squad was the top seed heading into the Region 4 playdowns, drawing a bye through the semi-final and straight to the finals.  

The other finalist spot went to the RWD Cheavers who downed the Monroe Avalanche 8-2. The Flyers played host to the Cheavers in the Regional Championship match, collecting a 5-4 win. 

All eight teams at the state championship tournament will play twice on Saturday. The Flyers will be in the third game of the day, against the Ashland Youth Hockey Squirts (18-18-1) at 11:30 a.m. at the Crawford Center in Shawano.   

The teams faced each other for the first and only time this season this past weekend at a tournament in Ashland. A 9-3 win for the Flyers allows them to carry momentum into its opening game. 

The second game of the day for the Flyers will be at either 4:30 or 5:45 p.m. and against either the Somerset Spartans (24-18-3) or the Lakeland Hawks (no statistics available) all depending on the teams’ performances in their opening game.  

The other four teams taking part in Shawano include the Marshfield Youth Hockey Association Squirts (No statistics available); Shawano Lightning (No statistics available); Beaver Dam Golden Beavers (14-12-1) and the Waupaca Area Youth Hockey Association Squirts (33-11-4). 

The tournament will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday with the final game of the day facing off at 5:45 p.m.  

Sunday will start with the seventh-place contest at 9 a.m. and wrap up with the state championship match at 1:30 p.m.  

All 12 games at the Crawford Center will be available on LiveBarn. 

Sauk Prairie Squirt ‘A’ Flyers include: Henry Zuelke; Bryce Argall; Isabelle Jolicoeur; Kelton Royster; Brayton Bahe; Luke Hager; Teresa Weiss; Mason Ramirez; Milo Donaldson; Oswald Tippery; Joshua Freeman; Cashton Suchla; Jonathon Bromley and Jaydon Teague. 

Saukhockey.info wants to wish the Sauk Prairie ‘A’ Flyers good luck at their State Tournament in Shawano this weekend. 

Froese fires 10 to lead Flyers to UT Dairyland Classic title

By Jim den Hollander 

Editor/Publisher 

Saukhockey.info 

After qualifying for the WAHA Bantam 3A State Championship a few weeks earlier, the Sauk Prairie Bantam ‘A’ Flyers gave a preview, collecting a championship banner at the final Ultimate Tournaments event of the season, the Dairyland Classic. 

Playing in a three-team pool, the Eagles earned a bye to the championship game with a 6-1 win against the Rice Lake Youth Hockey Friday team and a 5-2 edge against the Sheboygan Lakers Saturday afternoon. The Lakers won a semi-final game to move into the other Championship spot and provided a tougher challenge Sunday afternoon before the Flyers captured the banner with a 5-4 edge. 

Flyers 6 vs. Rice Lake 1  

It was a rare event Friday night as the bantams opened at Sauk Prairie Area Recreation Center (SPARC) but occupied the visitor’s bench in the home barn. 

Landon Froese kicked off a great weekend with two goals in his first game of the weekend, matched by Ben Hanko while Quinn Payne scored once and set up two others.  

Josh Mast fired the other goal and adding an assist with other help coming from Brock Hill and Blayze Caldwell. 

Taitym Banta notched the first of three weekend wins stopping all but one of 16 shots against. 

Flyers 5 vs. Lakers 2 

Froese fired all five goals in this one, including the lone goal of the opening period and two more in the second to carry a 3-1 lead into the final frame.  

Hill and Payne chipped in an assist each and Banta added another win although shots on goal were not recorded in the contest. 

Flyers 5 vs. Lakers 4 

In the championship game Flyers and Lakers were even at 1-1 after the opening period and 3-3 heading to the third. 

The Flyers fired the first two of the final period, the second standing up as the game winner.  

Froese collected three more goals to wrap up a 10-goal, weekend Payne notching a pair and setting up another. Hill had three helpers and Banta picked up another win with eight saves. 

WAHA Qualifier

Flyers 4 Cheavers 2

Earlier, the Flyers clinched its spot at the WAHA Bantam 3A State Championship with a 4-2 win against the RWD Bantam Cheavers in the Region 4 Championship game.  

As the top seed, the Flyers earned a berth straight to the final while the Cheavers used a 2-1 shootout win against Monroe to claim the other spot.  

All of the scoring took place in the first two periods. Teams were even at 2-2 heading to the second where the Flyers fired a pair of unanswered goals to clinch the win. 

Froese fired two goals including the regional championship clincher in the second period and assisted on another.  

Hill added a goal and assist with the other goal scored by Mast. 

For the Cheavers, RJ Manley scored one and set up the other, by Nicholas McPherson. 

Banta enjoyed a big game stopping 35 shots to help his team grab the win despite being outshot 35-23. 

Jordan Kowalski stopped 19 shots in goal for the Cheavers.  

With the win, the Flyers qualified to represent Region 4 at the WAHA State Championship tournament March 5-6. More information on that event will appear on this page in the next few days in one of several state championship weekend previews. 

The Sauk Prairie Bantam ‘A’ Flyers claimed the title in their Bantam ‘A’ Division in the Ultimate Tournaments Dairyland Classic Tournament played out of Lake Delton Ice Arena, Reedsburg Area Community Arena, Pierce Park Pavilion and Sauk Prairie Area Recreation Center over the Presidents Day Weekend. Team members (in no specific order) pictured above include: Quinn Payne; Brock Hill; Blayze Caldwell; Taitym Banta; Douglas Jolicoeur; Gavin Goetsch; Landon Froese; Greyden Schomber; AJ Klemm; Josh Mast; Rylan Burch; Carl Weiss; Ben Hanko and Cam McInerney. Photo by Jim den Hollander

Arnold stops 31 to lead Cheavers past Eagles

By Jim den Hollander  

Editor/Publisher  

Saukhockey.info 

After qualifying to reach the championship game with a 10-3 win the previous day against the Monroe Avalanche, the RWD Peewee ‘A’ Cheavers punched its ticket to the WAHA Peewee 3A State Championship tournament with a 3-1 win against the host Sauk Prairie ‘A’ Flyers at SPARC on Sunday (Feb. 6) afternoon. 

Cheavers 10 Avalanche 3  

The three-team regional pool had a semi-final Saturday at McFarland, the Cheavers advancing with the lopsided win. 

The game was all but over after the opening 15-minute period as the Cheavers held a 7-1 edge. A 2-1 margin through the second had them up 9-2 and both teams added one in the final frame.  

Ethan Wilcox led the way for the locals, firing four goals and adding an assist, Landen Uminski scoring a hat trick and an assist while Tyler Krieski notched two goals and set up another. The other Cheavers’ goal came from Evelyn Gurney with single assists for Teaghen Geffert and Noah Backeberg.  

Jesse Arnold collected another win in goal with 13 saves and the Cheavers held a 39-16 edge on the shot clock. 

Cheavers 3 @ Flyers 1  

The win advanced the Cheavers to an all-Sauk County championship game at SPARC Sunday and Arnold came up huge in that one, kicking out all but one of the 32 shots he faced, including 14 down the stretch from a desperate Flyers’ team that threw everything it had at the Cheavers goal.  

After a scoreless first period, all four goals came in the middle stanza, Michael Jolicoeur opening the scoring in the fifth minute for the Flyers with an unassisted goal.  

Uminski evened the score, from Wilcox a short time later and it was Geffert burying the game and regional championship winner with 6:50 to play with assists for Uminski and Wilcox.  

Kreski’s unassisted goal 100 seconds later added some insurance but this one had a long way to go to reach the finish line.  

The peewee Cheavers will advance to the WAHA Peewee 3A State Championship tournament March 12-13 at Somerset. The entire field was filled on Sunday and the first game for the Cheavers at 11 a.m. March 12 will be against region 1 champions – Amery Warriors. More details on the tournament will appear in the days leading up to the opening game.  

Members of the Peewee ‘A’ Cheavers celebrated its WAHA Region 4 Championship and berth in the WAHA State 3A Peewee Championship tournament. Pictured from right to left are: Evelyn Gurney, Dayne Wagner, Ethan Wilcox, Jesse Arnold, Noah Backeberg, Landen Uminski, Hailey Dietl, Teaghen Geffert, Tyler Krieski, Ethan Pope. PHOTO CONTRIBUTED.

Froese paces Bantam ‘A’ Flyers at Tomah tourney

By Jim den Hollander 

Editor/Publisher 

Saukhockey.info 

After a lopsided opening win, the Sauk Prairie Bantam ‘A’ Flyers engaged in a pair of close battles on its way to a third place showing at a tournament in Tomah this past weekend.  

The Eagles played twice Saturday, collecting a 7-0 shutout win in its opener against Black River Falls Tigers before dropping a heartbreaker in overtime 5-4 against the Sheboygan Lakers.  

On Sunday, the Flyers engaged in another close battle, capturing third place honors with a 5-4 win against the La Crescent (MN) Lancers in a game that came down to a shootout. 

Flyers 7 Tigers 0  

The Flyers carried a 2-0 lead out of the first period against the Tigers, adding three more in the second and two more down the stretch. 

Landon Froese led the way in this one, scoring three and adding an assist while Brock Hill notched two and added an assist. 

Josh Mast and Gavin Goetsch sank the other Flyers’ goals. Quinn Payne collected a playmaker with three assists with other help coming from Blayze Caldwell and Ben Hanko.  

Taitym Banta picked up the goose egg in goal stopping all seven shots from the Tigers. 

Flyers 4 Lakers 5 (ot) 

Froese enjoyed another big game later Saturday, his third goal of the game coming with 3:31 to play, pulling the Flyers even and sending the game to overtime. Unfortunately, it was the Lakers notching the game winner with 2:28 to go in the overtime frame. 

Teams were even at 2-2 after a period and the Lakers led 3-2 heading to the final frame. 

Caldwell fired the other Flyers’ goals with assists for Hill, Greydon Schomber and AJ Klemm. Banta made 20 saves in goal for the Flyers.  

Flyers 5 Lancers 4 (so) 

The script was similar Sunday morning, but this time it was the Flyers who saw a late goal against sending the game to overtime and finally, a shootout. 

Teams were deadlocked at 1-1 after a period but the Flyers carried a 4-2 lead to the third. The Lancers didn’t surrender, finally pulling even with 3:28 to play and sending the game to overtime.  

The extra session solved nothing, and teams went to a shootout where Mast and Weiss both fired goals to clinch the Flyers’ win. 

Caldwell, Hill, Mast and Hanko notched the regulation goals, Hill adding an assist. Payne set up a pair of regulation goals with other assists for Goetsch, Carl Weiss, Klemm and Cam McInerney. 

The weekend results boosted the Bantam ‘A’ Flyers season record to 17-9-1 and the team will be looking to punch its ticket to the State 3A Bantam Championship tournament, playing host to either RWD Cheavers or Monroe Avalanche at Sun Prairie Tubbs Rink Sunday at 11:15 (see story above). 

Wilhelm sinks winner for Flyers against Wildcats

By Jim den Hollander  

Editor/Publisher 

Saukhockey.info 

The Sauk Prairie Flyers Bantam ‘B’ hockey team wrapped up a split Dec. 11-12, opening with a tough 4-3 loss at McFarland Ice Arena against the host McFarland ‘B’ Spartans Dec. 11 before bouncing back the following day on home ice with a 3-1 win against the Waunakee ‘C’ Wildcats.  

The team wrapped up the weekend later Dec. 12 with a 7-2 win in Reedsburg against the RWD Cheavers (see story below). 

Against McFarland teams were even at 2-2 after a period, Slater Denu and Jacob Wilhelm counting the Flyers’ goals. The Spartans scored a pair of unanswered goals in the middle period, but Tucker Acker got the visiting Flyers within one with just under five minutes to go.  

Kaleb Chetwood had set ups on two of the Flyers’ goals and Denu had an assist as well.  

Goaltender Ethan Goodman was the game’s busiest player, kicking out 37 shots to keep it close despite a 41-17 edge on the shots clock for the Spartans. 

The following day against the Wildcats, Acker converted a feed from Acker for the lone goal of the opening period, but Waunakee responded with the lone goal of the middle frame and teams were even at 1-1 heading to the final 15 minutes. 

A pair of unassisted third period goals about two minutes apart made the difference in this one, the game winner fired by Wilhelm and the insurance goal by Ryan Flynn. 

Goodman turned in another 27 save effort in goal to lift his team to the win despite a 29-28 edge in shots for the Wildcats.  

The Flyers are scheduled to be back in action this weekend, traveling to Rhinelander for a tournament. The Flyers will begin with games against the Appleton Avalanche (10 a.m.) and host Rhinelander Hodags (7 p.m.) on Saturday and wrapping up Sunday against an opponent determined by the performance in the first two games. 

Chetwood hat trick leads Flyers past Cheavers

By Jim den Hollander  

Editor/Publisher 

Saukhockey.info 

The Sauk Prairie Bantam ‘B’ Flyers wrapped up a busy weekend with a trip to Reedsburg Area Community Arena where it picked up a 7-2-win Dec. 12 against the RWD Bantam Cheavers.  

The Eagles grabbed control with three unanswered first period goals and three more in the middle period had the visitors up 6-1 heading to the final period where both teams added one more. 

Kaleb Chetwood fired a hat trick and set up two others to pace the Flyers’ offense with other goals added by Jacob Wiegman, Tucker Acker, Slater Denu and Tyler Jorgenson.  

Peewee Call up Landen Uminski and RJ Manley scored for the Cheavers with assists for Ethan Wilcox, also a peewee and Manley.  

Jordan Kowalski stopped 28 shots in goal for the Cheavers and Ethan Goodman picked up the win with 19 stops for the Flyers. 

Bantam Flyers wrap up 25-goal weekend

By Jim den Hollander 

Editor/Publisher 

Saukhockey.info 

The Sauk Prairie Bantam ‘B’ Flyers added 25 goals and three wins to its total on three days from three different arenas this past weekend.  

After playing host to the Madison West Polar Caps Friday at SPARC and opening the weekend with a 7-1 win, then hit the road to Brookfield Saturday for a 7-4 win against the host Elmbrook Eagles. Wrapping up the weekend on Sunday, the Flyers traveled to Pierce Park Pavilion in Baraboo playing as the guest and collecting an 11-1 win against the Waunakee Wildcats.  

On Friday night on home ice, the Flyers carried a 2-0 lead into the second period and both teams scored once in the middle frame before the Flyers piled on another four in the third.  

Kaleb Chetwood, on his way to a 10-goal weekend, scored four and set up another for the Flyers. Ryan Jorgenson scored twice and assisted on another, Slater Denu scoring the other and picking up an assist. 

Jacob Wiegmann, Ronald Osborn, Lucas Rehlinger and Gavin Krueger each added an assist and Ethan Goodman picked up the win in goal stopping 13 of 14 Polar Caps shots. 

On Saturday in Brookfield, the Flyers carried a 3-2 cushion out of the opening period and was still up by a goal at 5-4 after the middle session. Two unanswered down the stretch padded the Flyers’ margin.  

Chetwood sank another hat trick and set up one with Flynn scoring twice with an assist as well. Denu and Wiegmann scored the other goals with single assists for Rehlinger, Jorgenson and Graysen Dunn. 

Goodman added another with with 20 saves.  

In Baraboo on Sunday, the Flyers jumped into a 6-0 cushion adding two more in the second and wrapping it up with a 3-1 margin in the third.  

Wiegmann enjoyed a big offensive game scoring a goal and adding four assists.  

Denu and Chetwood both collected hat trick, Chetwood adding an assist while Austin Smith and Flynn both scored a pair, Flynn adding a set up.  

Osborn and Jorgenson both notched another assist and Goodman stoped all but one of 15 to snag his third game of the weekend.  

This weekend the bantam Flyers will have visit another three rinks, beginnng Saturday with a road trip to McFarland to play the bantam Spartans, then returning home Sunday morning for an 8 a.m. contest against Waunakee and wrapping it up with a trip to Reedsburg to take on the host RWD Cheavers.  

Uminski, Arnold lead Cheavers past Flyers

By Jim den Hollander 

Editor/Publisher 

Saukhockey.info 

The RWD Peewee ‘A’ Cheavers avenged a 4-2 loss on home ice the previous weekend against the Sauk Prairie Peewee ‘A’ Flyers at Sauk Prairie Area Recreation Center (SPARC) on Nov. 13.  

It was the home team hitting the scoreboard first, Michael Jolicoeur hitting the mesh unassisted in the middle period.  

The lead lasted just 58 seconds through before Landen Uminski converted a pass from Hailey Dietl to knot the game at 1-1.  

That score carried into the third period, and it was Uminski again, this time unassisted with the game winner with 10:50 to play. 

Cheavers leaned hard on goaltender Jesse Arnold in this one as he stopped all but one of the 25 shots he faced as the Flyers held a 25-14 edge on the shot clock. 

Jameson Ballweg stopped a dozen in goal for the Flyers.