Baraboo/Portage records since 2010

By Jim den Hollander


The summer project – compiling stats on all four Sauk County varsity hockey teams passed the halfway mark with the completion of Baraboo/Portage.

Technically, while this project will put together the overall records, records vs. every team and player stats since the 2010-11 season, it will be ongoing into the season in November putting together conference records, total goals for and against then some single season records.

Once again, I thank and credit which has been my source for all the statistical information. The stats on that website go back a bit further than 2010-11, but that seems like a perfect starting point as that was when the current RWD and Baraboo/Portage outfits were formed. I am using that as the starting point for Sauk Prairie and the Badger Lightning as well simply to make everything uniform.

Here are some of the interesting tidbits gathered on the Baraboo/Portage squad:

The team’s overall record in that span is 123-113-11. After six straight seasons, north of .500, topping at 16-5 in 2013-14, the Thunderbirds have been sub .500 for the past five straight, but current head coach, David Clark was close, a season ending tie in the spring of 2020 wrapping up an 11-12-1 campaign.

Clark and his assistants are a positive influence on the players and show a great deal of loyalty to the players, in particular starting goaltenders such as Dane Hinz who played every one of the 1250+ minutes that season in the blue paint for the team in that 19-20 season.

Clark’s overall record with the team is 33-52-1.

The team’s top overall scorer since 2010-11 is Tyler Laux with 40 goals and 124 points in 60 games played. Just four points back with 52 goals and 120 points is Steven Mordini and Dawson Hinz rounds out the top three with 58 goals and 113 points and 2021 graduate Campbell Koseor sits fourth overall with 48 goals and 103 points.

Leading goal scorer is Adam Stanton who notched 61 goals in 64 games, and he also rounds out the top five overall with 101 points. The 84 assists for the Laux is the most by 16 ahead of Mordini.

Penalty minutes leader to date is Mordini with 161, nine more than Joe Zemanovic and Stanton picked up 132 minutes in the box.

In goal, a trio of stoppers combine to lead in different categories. Sean McCutchin collected the most wins with 27, one more than Nate Heckendorf and four more than Dane Hinz who leads minutes played with 3,146.52, more than 400 more minutes and second ranked Heckendorf.

Hinz also leads with the most losses, at 36, the most shots against with 1,986 and saves with 1,760. Nate Godemann played just 436:45 but they were quality minutes as he posted a record of 7-0-0 and a team best 2.57 Goals Against Average. Best Save Percentage among players with at least 100 minutes was Heckendorf at .895 and his eight shutouts is also a team best.

Hopefully in the next few weeks, I will have a few paragraphs on the Sauk Prairie Eagles and Badger Lightning and then double back for conference winners and records and all-time goals for and against.

Eagles and Cheavers square off in Red Line Shootout final

By Jim den Hollander

The Sauk Prairie Eagles and RWD Cheavers both dominated their respective pools, heading for a collision in the championship game at the Middleton Red Line Summer Shootout at Capitol Ice Arena in Middleton.

Both opened the event with a win on Friday (June 18) night then returned Saturday for two more wins and a great bonding experience in a tournament designed to allow for a incoming frehsmen players to get their first taste of varsity hockey.
On Sunday, the rivals met in the championship game won handily by the Eagles (9-1) against an RWD team light on seniors.

Eagles 6 Purple Knights 1

For the second day, the Purple Knights saw a close contest get away from them in the final period.

The Eagles fired the first two goals, but the Knights were within one with 2-1 score after both the first and second periods.
Four more unanswered goals in the final 15-minute segment put the game away for the Eagles.
Senior Erik Peterson fired two goals for the winners, senior Nick Mast in on all but one with a goal and four assists.Junior Landon Clary, senior Brandon Mittelstaedt and sophomore Samson Begalske fired the other Sauk Prairie goals and junior Luke Mast chipped in an assist.
The Eagles improved to 2-0 with the win while the Knights fell to 0-2. The Eagles held a 37-14 edge in shots.

Sauk Prairie Eagles (dark jerseys) apply some pressure against the Beloit Memorial Purple Knights.

Cheavers 8 Cardinals ‘White’ 6

That comfortable margin was almost wiped out by the Cards who exploded for four goals in 5:50 to suddenly trim the cushion to a single goal just 6:01 to play.
A great feed from junior Yevgeny Dedun, finished with a tip from sophomore Trey Lariden restored some breathing room with 86 seconds to play and that was as close as the home side got in this one despite getting an extra attacker on for the final minute.
Along with Lariden’s goal, the Cheavers got three from junior Caden Brandt and two each from junior John Scott and sophomore Brady Baldwin. Sophomore Izak Elder, junior Logan Demars, junior Nate Stando, junior Carsen Brandt and Dedun had assists in the contest.
RWD held a 27-26 edge in shots in this one.

Action from RWD Cheavers vs. Middleton High School Cardinals ‘White’

Cheavers 4 Cardinals ‘Red’ 0

Griebe collected a 33-save shutout in this one clinching a spot in the tournament championship game and he was counted on as a first period goal by Logan Demars stood up as the only goal of the contest until the final period.
Demars added another in that period as Carsen Brandt, John Scott and he combined to notch three goals in 3:25 the salt this win away. The result was the closest of round robin contests for the locals who outshot the Middleton High School ‘Cardinal’ club 40-33.

Eagles 8 Stars ‘Blue’ 0

The Eagles also racked up a shutout thanks to a 17-save goose egg effort for William Anderson.
The Eagles built a 4-0 first period lead and added three more in the middle segment.
Nick Mast fired three goals, Hakon Peterson adding two goals and an assist with Luke Mast scoring once and setting up four others. Erik Peterson and Thor Peterson sank the other goals, Erik adding an assist and Samson Begalske also contributed a helper.

Eagles 9 Cheavers 1

It might have been mid-June, but the pace for most of this contest looking like a mid-February contest. The Eagles, opened a 2-0.
Both teams showed off some speed and physical play, typical of a rivalry contest, but in the middle period, the Eagles took over, turning a 2-0 lead into a 6-0 cushion before the second period break.
The Cheavers showed flashes but the toughest part for the RWD squad was Sauk scored a couple of its goals on counterstrikes right after some of the Cheavers’ best chances.

Luke Mast led the Eagles with two goals and four assists, Micah Hanson and Hakon Peterson both added two goals while Nick Mast fired one goal and set up two others. Brody Wolfe and Gunnar Nachreiner collected the other Eagles’ goals, Erik Peterson, Steven Romaker and goaltender Brooks McInerney, who split the work in goal with Kaden Stracke, had single assists.
Caden Brandt fired the lone Cheavers’ goal unassisted, Alex Griebe and Cooper Oakes kept busy between the pipes.

Handshakes after Championship game between Sauk Prairie Eagles and RWD Cheavers.

Red Line Club Tradition

While Middleton High School Cardinals hosted the event and put three teams into the eight-team competition, thanks goes out to the organization’s ‘Red Line Club’ which has run the event for more than 15 summers.
The primary purpose of the tournament is to give freshmen an early shot at creating some chemistry with their new teammates.
The the RWD squad, that bonding included both players and parents with a Tailgate event in the parking lot helped kill the time between games on Saturday.

Cheavers, Eagles Get Winning Start At Middleton Tourney

By Jim den Hollander


The regular season is almost six months away, but its safe to say both the Sauk Prairie Eagles and RWD Cheavers will have the bar set high when the new Badger West Division kicks off its 2021-22 season.

Both teams took advantage of a mid-summer opportunity to hit the ice, taking part in the 10th Annual Red Line Summer Shootout at Capitol Ice Arena in Middleton.

The eight-taem event is a low key bonding opportunity hosted by the Middleton Cardinals. The Cheavers and Eagles were two of three single-entry teams taking part, the other being the Beloit Memorial Purple Knights. Meanwhile, the host Cardinals have three teams taking part and the other two represent the Brookfield Stars.

The tournament opener Friday (June 18) afternoon featured the Eagles against the Middleton High School ‘Cardinal’ team with the Eagles rolling to a 9-3 win in their Cardinal Division match. The other Cardinal Division contest saw Brookfield ‘Blue’ getting the Purple Knights 6-2.

The Cheavers rounded out the opening day of action with an 8-3 win against Brookfield ‘White’, following an earlier game that saw MHS ‘Red’ capturing a 5-3 win against MHS ‘White’.

Eagles 9 MHS ‘Cardinal’ 3

Eagles fired a pair of unanswered first period goals and both team notched a pair in the middle frame. After the second period flood, the Eagles returned with some fire, posting a 5-1 margin through the final 15-minutes.

Seniors Hakon Peterson and Nick Mast both scored twice, Peterson adding three assists to lead the Eagles. Sophomore Karsyn Banta added a goal and assist with other goals fired by sophomore Samson Begalske, junior Luke Mast, senior Micah Hanson and sophomore Steven Romaker.

Senior Brody Wolfe, sophomore Thor Peterson and freshman Connor Grant collected an assist each. Goaltending chores were shared by juniors Kaden Stracke and Brooks McInenerny who combined to stop 15 of 18 Middleton shots.

Sophomore Carter Walby scored twice for Middleton, Alex Moreau, also a sophomore, fired the other. Senior Connor Faucher and freshman Heuer Stutz shared the work in goal for Middleton, handling 30 of 39 Eagles’ chances.

Cheavers 8 Brookfield ‘White’ 3

RWD all but settled this game in the opening four minutes, jumping into a 3-0 lead and up 4-0 by the end of the first period. Cheavers added two more before the Stars finally hit the board in the second half of the middle period.

Sophomore Brady Baldwin paced the Cheavers with a three-goal game and sophomore defenseman Izak Elder added two goals and an assist. Juniors John Scott and Yevgeny Dedun and freshman Bryan Mammos fired the other RWD goals.

Junior Caden Brandt and sophomore Trey Lariden both collected a pair of assists with singles for junior defender Nate Stando and freshman Kaden Uminski.

Freshman goaltender Alexander Griebe made a solid debut with 27 saves and the win while RWD fired 36 shots the other way.

The Tournament continues on Saturday with the Eagles on the ice early, a 7:50 a.m. start against Beloit and a 4:30 p.m. match against Brookfield ‘Blue.’

The Cheavers will take on MHS ‘White’ in a 9:30 a.m. contest and MHS ‘Red’ at 2:50 p.m.

Pool results will decide opponents for four final games on Sunday, beginning at 8 a.m. and wrapping up with the final at 11:20 a.m.

Ducks land KMMO sniper Cartland for 2021-22 season

By Jim den Hollander


The Dells Ducks added a top-notch Wisconsin player to its lineup as Jake Cartland (‘02/Elkhorn, Wis.) signed his contract at the Lake Delton Ice Arena Sunday (May 2).

Cartland was the leading scorer for Kettle Moraine/Mukwonago/Oconomowoc in WIAA varsity play this past season with 25 goals and 46 points in just 23 games. He helped the team reach the Sectional Championship game where its progress was impeded by the University School of Milwaukee.

The lanky winger might be one of the best forwards to sign for the Ducks in the team’s 10-season history and Coach Shaun Falzone, a family friend of the Cartlands said in a video interview he was confident Cartland will transition well to the junior game.

Falzone has been busy since the end of the season, but particularly in the past couple weeks as he scouted at the NCDC Combine held near Detroit the previous weekend and has been watching the 2021 Chipotle USA Hockey Tier II 18U Nationals in Green Bay since Thursday. He dashed to Lake Delton to show the facilities at the Lake Delton Ice Arena.

Watch for more announcements in the days and weeks to come – Cartland is the fourth new signing of the off season as Falzone plans to make some big moves in the standings in his sophomore season since taking over the Dells Ducks last spring.

After signing his contract, Cartland and Falzone took a few minutes for a video interview.


Jets win shootout thriller against Minnesota Moose

By Jim den Hollander


Janesville Jets upped its record to 2-0 at the 2021 Chipotle USA Hockey Tier II 18U National Championship tournament in Green Bay with a thrilling 6-5 shootout edge against the Minnesota Moose Friday at Cornerstone Ice Arena in De Pere.

The Jets, with Wisconsin Dells forward Trevor Slaght in the lineup never led in the contest but rallied back from one-goal deficits five times to force the five-minute overtime session which settled nothing, and the five round shootout that saw Mason Manglitz (’02 senior, Onalaska) firing the lone goal while Ian Hedican (’02, Madison West) added five more stops to the 30 he collected during the 56 played in the four earlier periods.

Isaac Frenette (’02 senior Chippewa Falls) enjoyed another big game, scoring twice for a total of five points in the first two games of the tournament. Daniel Amberg (’03 Tomah) scored the goal that tied the game at 5-5 and sent it to overtime with other goals for Boone Mathison (’02 Tomah) and Jordan Degaetano (’03 Onalaska). Defenseman Connor Byrne (’03 Eau Claire Memorial) and forward Alexander Duchemin (’03 Madison West) both picked up two assists.

The Jets showed great resilience and intestinal fortitude, battling back and shrugging off a so-so first period that saw them trailing 2-1 and outshot 16-7. It was the Jets with a 12-6 and 12-8 margin through the final two frames, but the Moose grabbed control with a 5-1 advantage through the five-minute overtime frame.

Both the Moose and Jets were winners in opening day play at the tournament, so the Jets take the overall points margin in the pool with 5 of a possible six so far. But they will face a desperate Igloo Jaguars team that kept its own hopes of a playoff spot alive with a 4-1 win against the Pittsburgh Predators Friday.

Game time for the final round robin contest will once again be 12:15 p.m. Saturday at the Resch Olympic Pavilion once again.

The game will once again be on HockeyTV.




Jets open Nationals with 4-0 shutout against Pittsburgh Predators

By Jim den Hollander


The Janesville Jets 18U squad, including Trevor Slaght, RWD junior could not have planned a better opening to the Chipotle USA Hockey Tier II U18 National Championship tournament in Green Bay Thursday afternoon.

Playing in the Cornerstone Ice Arena, Resch Olympic Pavilion, the Jets played a near flawless opener and grabbed a 4-0 victory against the Pittsburgh Predators in the opening contest in the four-team Olympic Pool, one of four groups in the 16-team 3A Division.

Isaac Frenette, an ‘02 senior at Chippewa Falls opened the scoring for the Jets and added a set ups on a pair of middle period markers scored by Mason Manglitz (’02 senior, Onalaska) and Calvin Grass (’03 senior Fond du Lac Springs (’03 senior, Fond du Lac Springs).

The final nail came from Cade Janecke an ’02 senior from Monroe who also played a couple games at the end of the season with the Oregon Tradesmen of the NA3HL.

Goaltenders John Schroeder (’03 University School) and Ian Hedican (’02 Madison West) split the work in goal, sharing a 21-save shutout as the Jets outshot the Preds by a 38-21 margin. The Jets keepers both made some impressive stops, in particular Hedican at the start of the third period as the Predators followed the game’s only intermission with some inspired play in the opening minutes looking for a goal that would vault them back into the contest.

Hedican made the early saves and an early goal, although disallowed shifted momentum back in the Jets’ favor as they went on to outshoot the Preds 17-10 through the final 17 minutes.

While he didn’t show up on the game sheet, Slaght turned in a steady game for the Jets, playing a regular shift, backchecking well and finishing several checks.

The Jets will be back in action at 12:15 p.m. Friday, the Moose coming off a 7-2 win in its opener against Igloo Jaguars from New Jersey.

This game, and all games from the National Championship tournament will be on HockeyTV.

Note to Self — Outdoor videos on a windy day are a BAD idea. Tomorrow’s will be better.

Jets hit the ice against the Pittsburgh Predators in their opening match at the 2021 Chipotle USA Hockey National Tier 2 U-18 National Championship tournament in Green Bay.





Scott’s 10 points helps ’05 Blue Devils to Ultimate Showcase title

By Jim den Hollander
John Scott clearly never tires of playing hockey. After wrapping up a solid sophomore season with the RWD varsity hockey team with points in 17 games, Scott has returned to the Blue Devils organization.
This season, the ’05 squad was by invitation only and rather than practicing out of Tomah, the team is heading across the Mississippi River to La Crescent under the tutelage of former NHL pro player Eriah Hayes.
The AAA team took part in the ‘Ultimate Showcase Minnesota’ tournament at the Tria Rink in St. Paul, the practice rink of the Minnesota Wild April 16-18.
He found a familiar face in the lineup when Brady Baldwin, also from RWD was asked to join the team for the weekend with one player absent, observing COVID-19 protocols.
Scott enjoyed a huge weekend and helped power the team to an undefeated weekend with 10 points in five games in the four-team event.
The Blue Devils played twice on both Friday and Saturday and returned for the Championship game on Sunday.
On Friday, the Devils opened play with a 6-1 win against the Midwest Warriors from the Andover, Minn. area
.Scott opened the scoring in the contest with a solo effort and added an assist later in the contest.
Against the Minnesota Enforcers later Friday, Scott added another goal in a 4-3 edge against the Minnesota Enforcers which plays out of several Twin Cities area ice surfaces.
The team wrapped up round robin play early Saturday with a 9-0 whipping of the My Edge National All Stars. Scott led the charge with three more goals and a set up while Baldwin also collected a goal.
Ranked on top after round robin play, the Devils took on the Enforcers who surprisingly gave them the toughest match early, in the semis. This time around, it was a 7-2 win for the Devils who secured a berth in the championship game with the win, thanks in part to Scott who fired the game winner, putting the Devils up 3-0 in the first period.
It was the All Stars again in the championship game, but it was they put up a stronger fight this time around, an early first period goal standing up as the lone score until the third period went the Blue Devils widened thegap. The game winner came about four minutes in and Scott added insurance with his goal a little over six minutes from the final horn.

Not a great camera angle, but this is John Scott jamming home the insurance goal in a 4-1 in the Minnesota Ultimate Showcase AAA Tournament in St. Paul April 18.


Local rinks to host WAHA Region 4 Playdowns

By Jim den Hollander


The big weekend is at has for teams in Reedsburg and Sauk Prairie.

The Wisconsin Amateur Hockey Association (WAHA) Region 4 playdowns begin as early is Monday (Feb. 1 ) as all teams in the region at includes everyone from Illinois border, along the interstate to the Dells/Reedsburg area and south to Dodgeville.

All three local associations are in Division 3 of the playdowns based on association size. Baraboo T-Birds have opted out of the post season matches leaving the Sauk Prairie Flyers and RWD Cheavers to battle it out at several levels for WAHA State Championship berths. Other teams in Division 3 include Monroe and Stoughton, but several of the teams from those districts have opted out as well.

Here is a quick look at times and locations for Regional playdown matches involving Sauk County teams.


U-10 ‘B’ Girls

There are just two teams in this division and the Sauk Monkeys will square off with the U-10 Madison Patriots at SPARC at 11 a.m. on Saturday. Winner of that game will represent Region 4 at the U10 ‘B’ Championship tournament at River Falls on March 6-7.


Squirt ‘A’

Three teams are competing at this level. The RWD Cheavers will play Stoughton Vikings  in a sudden death semi-final match Saturday at SPARC with an 11:45 a.m. faceoff. It will be the first meeting between the Vikings and Cheavers this season.

The winner of that contest will advance to the Regional Championship match Sunday at 1:30 p.m. against the Sauk Prairie Flyers. This game will also be held at SPARC.

The Regional Championship winner will represent the Region at the WAHA State Championship tournament at Antigo March 6-7.


Squirt B

There are just two contenders in this division – The RWD Cheavers and Sauk Prairie Eagles who will faceoff at Reedsburg Area Community Arena (RACA) at 11:45 a.m. Saturday. Winner of this match will advance to the WAHA State Championship tournament to be played at Waupun March 6-7.


These two teams met twice this season –Nov. 7 and Nov. 28 for the Cheavers. The first game ended in a 2-2 deadlock and the other was a 4-0 win for the Flyers.


U-12 ‘A’

The Sauk Monkeys are the lone representative at this level and as a result, they earn a berth at the U-12 ‘A’ State Championship tournament at Superior on March 13-14.


U-12 ‘B’

The Sauk Monkeys will play Janesville at 11:45 a.m. at Baraboo’s Pierce Park Pavilion on Saturday but both teams have already qualified for the WAHA State Championship tournament at Beaver Dam on March 13-14.

The winner of Saturday’s game will represent Region 4 at the WAHA Tournament and the other team will represent Region 2 which has no representative at this level.


Peewee ‘A’

There are three teams at the Peewee ‘A’ level, but as the WAHA Peewee State Championship host, the Flyers automatically qualify to play in the tournament at SPARC March 13-14.

That leaves the Monroe Avalanche and RWD Cheavers who will battle for the Region 4 spot on Sunday at 9:15 a.m. at RACA.

These teams met once this season, also at RACA on January 2. Cheavers won that match 9-2.


Peewee ‘B’

At the Peewee ‘B’ Level, the Regional qualifying spot comes down to a head-to-head match between the Cheavers and Flyers at Sauk Prairie at 12:15 p.m. Winner of this game will head to the State tournament at Rhinelander on March 13-14.


14-U Girls

This Division has three teams competing for one spot – Two of them representing the Verona Mavericks and the other out of the Sauk Prairie Monkeys.

A semi-final match in Dodgeville on Saturday between the Monkeys and Mavericks C at 9:30 a.m. Saturday will qualify one team to play in the Regional Championship game at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, also at Dodgeville, against Mavericks B.

The Regional champ will move on to the WAHA State Championship March 6-7 in Marathon County.


Bantam ‘A’

Monroe Avs will advance straight to the WAHA Bantam 3A State Championship as the host. The Region 4 spot will be decided on Sunday at 1:15 p.m. in Baraboo as the Sauk Prairie Flyers take on the RWD Cheavers.














Jorgenson helps power Flyers past Cheavers Peewee B’s

By Jim den Hollander


The Sauk Prairie Peewee ‘B’ Flyers and RWD Peewee ‘B’ Cheavers showed a potential preview to what could be a thrilling Regional match up in their meeting at Sauk Prairie Area Recreation Center (SPARC) on Sunday afternoon, the host Flyers rallying for a 2-1 win.

Dayne Wagner put the visitors up with the lone goal of the opening period, assisted by Cassidy Putz. That proved to be the only shot, of 15 to elude Flyers’ goaltender Jameson Ballweg in this contest.

The Flyers struck back in the middle period, Ryan Jorgenson connecting for the tying goal 5:07 into the period and then setting up the game winner, fired by Ethan Goodman about two minutes later.

The third period saw goaltenders facing the most shots, but Olivia Renneberg turned aside all nine shots she faced, on her way to a 29-save effort and Ballweg kicked out all eight Cheavers’ shots.

The last time these two teams met was also a single goal difference, the Flyers collecting a 6-5 win on Dec. 20 at Reedsburg Area Community Arena and they also squared off at SPARC back in late November, the Flyers capturing an 8-5 win.

Peewee 3B Regionals will be held in early February and the State Championship tournament for teams at this level will be played in Rhinelander March 13-14.


Lightning snaps five-game skid with 9-1 win against Golden Beavers

By Jim den Hollander


For some events, it is considered cool to be fashionably late. The Badger Lightning varsity girls’ hockey team has learned in recent games, that does not hold up in a rink.

It may not be completely accurate to say the team showed up on time Tuesday (Jan. 5) at Pierce Park Pavilion as they did find themselves looking up at a deficit once again four minutes into the contest.

But they certainly made their presence felt much earlier, pounding the Golden Beavers’ goal with 26-first period shots on their way to a 2-1 lead which they grew to a 9-1 cushion by the time the final buzzer sounded.

This was a breakthrough night for the entire team as seven of the team’s 10 skaters hit the score sheet.

Leading the charge once again was the sophomore duo of Kayla Capener and Bella Bowden who combined on eight points, one more added with an assist from fellow sophomore linemate Mallory Ruhland who collected an assist.

The D-Corps chipped in big as well, led by junior Carson Blosenski who returned to the lineup just a game ago, collecting two goals and a helper in this one for a total of four points in two games since her return. Sophomore Eryn Benson also added a goal and an assist while Signe Begalske who has spent time at both forward and defense this season, also had a goal and a set up.

Freshman defender Madchen Ewig and freshman goaltender Alyssa Gada both collected assists as well.

The win snapped a five-game skid and boosted the team’s overall record to 2-6.

Capener’s five-point night lifted her points total to 15, sixth best in the state. Her 11 assists is also ranked sixth and Bella Bowden added two more goals, lifting her season total to eight, which has her tied for fifth-most in Wisconsin.

Gada has also shown up on the state rankings, despite the team’s record, her .891 Save Percentage is ranked ninth.

The Lightning has a tough assignment ahead as they look to improve on a tough outing in its season opener when they dropped an 11-3 decision to the Viroqua Blackhawks as they travel to Viroqua Community Arena for a 7:30 p.m. game on Monday.

Next home game will be next Thursday (Jan. 14) when they play host to the Onalaska Hilltoppers at Pierce Park Pavilion.