Local youth hockey teams named

By Jim den Hollander

Editor/Publisher

Saukhockey.info.

All three of the Sauk County Youth Hockey organizations have announced players on at least a few of their teams.

The Sauk Prairie Flyers and Sauk Prairie Monkeys will have a total of 13 teams at the compertitive levels — two each at the Squirt, Peewee and Bantam levels for the Flyers as well as the 10U and 14U levels for the Monkeys. The Monkeys will boast an amazing three teams at the 12U level.

There are also 39 players registered at the 8U (Mite) level cross-ice programs and another 44 are signed up at the 6U Beginner levels

For more information on the rosters of the various Sauk Prairie teams for the upcoming seasons, visit the organization’s website at https://www.saukprairiehockey.com/ and look under the Teams tabs.

RWD has named both its Bantam and Mite Rosters and with final tryouts at the Squirt and Peewee level taking place late last week, the two teams at each level will also be named in the next day or so as well.

This week, the Squirts and Peewees have pre-season schedules practice with regular schedules next week and season openers as early as the Oct. 29-31 weekend.

For more information on the RWD teams, check out the organizations website https://www.rwdhockey.com/ and visit the team or ice schedule links.

The Baraboo/Portage Thunderbirds Youth Hockey organization has printed rosters of its competitive teams at the Squirt, Peewee and Bantam levels as well as the 14U Badger Lightning squad.

For more on the Thunderbirds and Badger Lightning visit the organization’s website at https://www.thunderbirdyouthhockey.com/.

Three point game for Olson in WEHL meeting

By Jim den Hollander  

Editor/Publisher  

Saukhockey.info 

The SouthCentral 14U Wisconsin Elite Hockey League (WEHL) team saw its longest undefeated string of the season end after seven games but also saw some improvement over early matches against the Western squad in a pair of games at the United Civic Center Ice Arena in Baldwin. 

After scoring the first two and final two goals in a 4-4 draw to extend its streak in the opening match despite being outshot, the Western side rallied back from an early deficit again in the second match, this time extending it to a 3-1 final.  

The same two teams met in Verona at the end of August, Western handing the South Central squad 3-1 and 6-0 defeats.  

Reese Olson from Baraboo (Badger Lightning/Blue Devils AAA) played a big role in the first contest, shaking off some physical play to score the first two SouthCentral goals and she also set up Leah Grudzinski (Wisconsin Mavericks) to get the team within one later in the contest. 

Reese Olson slams the puck home past the Western goaltender in the first of two games at Baldwin Sunday with teammate Maizy Fonseca ready for a rebound.

Other Sauk County representation on the team includes defenders Tahni Barger (Sauk Monkeys, Wildcat Youth Hockey/Sauk Flyers); Sarah Hash (Sauk Flyers/Sauk Monkeys/Wisconsin Jr. Stars) and Paige Othmer (RWD Cheavers/Badger Lightning/Blue Devils AAA).

Anna Phillips (Black River Falls) scored the equalizer for SouthCentral in the third period to complete the comeback. 

Leah Grudzinski celebrates her goal for the SouthCentral squad with Abby Hollfelder.

Outshot again in the second contest, SouthCentral kept the game scoreless until Caroline Cutrano (Madison Mavericks) found the net to put SouthCentral in front again. A shorthanded goal pulled the Western side even and that shifted the momentum back to Western who fired two more unanswered goals to wrap up the win. 

The weekend results dropped SouthCentral to 2-5-3 in league play and 6-5-3 overall. The Regional squad will enjoy a week off this weekend, then return to the Lake Delton Ice Arena October 24 for a pair of matches against the NorthCentral/NorthEast team. 

Paige Othmer of the SouthCentral (red jersey) squad takes away a scoring opportunity for a player from the Western team during the first of their two games in Baldwin Sunday.
Reese Olson (forward by boards, Tahni Barger (15) and Sarah Hash are in position for a faceoff just outside the Western blue line during their second game in Baldwin Sunday.
This board meeting was part of the physical contests between the SouthCentral (red) and Western (blue) WEHL teams played in Baldwin on Sunday. SouthCentral players in the scrum including Sarah Hash (11), Ella Knapp (17) and Payton O’Neill (2).

Wilcox helps TW ’09 Team Red wrap up perfect record

By Jim den Hollander  

Editor/Publisher 

Saukhockey.info  

Ethan Wilcox and his Team Wisconsin ‘09 Team Red teammates wrapped up a perfect 6-0 record on Sunday, winning a pair of games at the Appleton Family Ice Center.  

The wins on the final weekend were the most impressive of the three weekends for Team Red who started with a 7-2 decision against Team White and wrapped up a 6-0 record with a 6-1 win against Team Black.  

In the first game, Jace Dedie fired a pair of goals for Team Red with others for Sean Coggins, Weston Maier, Brody Slussor, Max Mittelsteadt and Owen Patrick. Goaltenders Samuel Davis and Carson Markgraf played key roles, both allowing a single goal and helping Team Red to the win despite a 36-32 edge for Team White. 

In the other game, Oliver Drabant scored twice to pace Team Red with others added by Dedie, Slusser, Mittelsteadt and Patrick.  

Team Red dominated this game with a shots edge of 33-15. 

Wilcox didn’t hit the game sheet in the final two games but played a key role for his team and helped them wrap up a perfect record.  

Uminski assist helps TW Black to a draw

By Jim den Hollander  

Editor/Publisher  

Saukhockey.info 

Landen Uminski, from RWD Youth Hockey along with Alexander Kirk and Michael Joliceour from the Sauk Prairie Flyers, wrapped up play as members of the Team Wisconsin ‘09 Peewee  Black team on Sunday. 

Team Black squared off with Team Grey in two games at the Blue Line Family Ice Center in Fond Du Lac, playing to a 4-4 draw in the first game, but falling 8-3 in the finale. 

In the opening game, Trevor Szkodzinsky scored a pair for Team Black with singles for Knox Cleland and Brett Toth. Uminski had a set up on one of the goals. 

Szkodzinski, Aliya Mihlbauer and Easton Jones scored the Team Black goals. The loss to Team Grey denied team Black a share of top spot in the four-team six-game Peewee ‘10 Showcase league. Team Black finished at 2-2-2, Team White finishing on to with a 3-2-1 mark and Team Red which played Team White at the same time, at McFarland wrapped up a 2-1-3 record. 

Sauk County members of the Team Wisconsin ’10 Black team included from left: Alexander Kirk, Landen Uminski and Michael Joliceour.

Dietl, Team Wisconsin take 216 Showcase title

By Jim den Hollander 

Editor/Publisher 

Saukhockey.info 

The Team Wisconsin 12U Girls Hockey team, including Hailey Dietl from the RWD Youth Hockey Program, wrapped up an awesome inaugural season, bringing home the hardware from the 216 Showcase Tournament held in the Cleveland Ohio area.  

The Dairy State squad put on a dominant showing, outscoring three different opponents 34-5 through five contests, pushing all three aside the way to the championship. 

The event started with round robin matches, a 5-1 win against the West Dundee Leafs from the Chicago area, a 9-1 whipping of the Sylvania (OH) North Starts and a 4-0 shutout against the Cleveland Lady Barons.  

Team Wisconsin 12U Girls team wrapped up a successful first season with a championship win at the 216 Showcase Tournament in Cleveland.

That set up a semi-final rematch with the North Stars, TW advancing to the championship with a 10-1 win.  

In the championship game, Team Wisconsin collected a 6-2 win against the Leafs, the fifth win of the weekend making the long ride home more enjoyable. 

Dietl chipped in with a goal and assist in the weekend games. Team Wisconsin introduced the 12U Girls team for the first time this fall and the team wrapped up its first season with an amazing 15-2-1 record. 

SouthCentral WEHL squad stays hot in Green Bay

By Jim den Hollander  

Editor/Publisher 

Saukhockey.info  

Coming off a four-win championship weekend at a tournament near Chicago, the South Central 14U team returned to Wisconsin Elite Hockey League (WEHL) action this weekend in Green Bay. 

The SouthCentral squad which includes defenders Paige Othmer, from the RWD/Badger Lightning/Blue Devils programs, Sarah Hash, from the Sauk Prairie Flyers/Monkeys/Wisconsin Jr. Stars and Tahni Barger from the Sauk Prairie Monkeys/Wildcat Youth Hockey/Sauk Prairie Flyers and forward Reese Olson from the (Baraboo-Portage T-Birds/Badger Lightning/Blue Devils. 

The team made the trip to Green Bay’s Cornerstone Ice Arena to play the NorthCentral/Northeast squad, taking the first game 5-2 and settling for a 2-2 draw in the getaway game. 

In the opener, SouthCentral was led by Anna Phillips from Black River Falls who collected a hat trick, Olson scoring one of the others.  

The second game saw Shelby King from Tomah (TNT/Blue Devils) scoring the first and Othmer connecting for the other.  

The results boost the SouthCentral team to 3-3-2 in League play and 7-3-2 overall. 

The team will carry a six-game unbeaten streak into play next weekend in Baldwin to play the Western Wisconsin team. The two previously met in Verona at the end of August, kicking off the season with a pair of wins for the West squad 3-1 and 6-0. 

SouthCentral celebrates a goal against NorthCentral/NorthEast at Green Bay

Busy opening week for SPYHA

By Jim den Hollander  

Editor/Publisher 

Saukhockey.info.  

Editor/Publisher The ice has been in just over a week at the Sauk Prairie Area Recreation Center (SPARC) and the opening days have been busy for the Sauk Prairie Youth Hockey Association.  

This past Friday night, the Madison Capitols, from the United States Hockey League paid tribute to the local organization with SPYHA Night at the Capitols. Many local players and their families watched the Caps in their home opening contest and first win of the season as they knocked off the defending Clark Cup champion Chicago Steel in a 3-2 overtime thriller.  

Intermission entertainment at the game included a scrimmage hockey contest involving the organization’s 8U players. 

Also on the weekend, volunteers helped Clean the Rink and on Sunday, an open house at SPARC was well attended.  

Pre-Season clinic for all age levels are underway now at the arena and the bantam level players also will benefit from a checking clinic. Player Evaluations will begin for the different divisions on Oct. 10.

Players of all ages and levels hit the ice at SPARC Sunday to take part in the SPYHA Open House.

WEHL South Central 18U at Lake Delton Sunday

The Wisconsin Elite Hockey League Girls 14U team has been using the Lake Delton Ice Arena as a home base but several other local girls will get a chance to play a true home game in Lake Delton Sunday.

The 18U SouthCentral squad has held a practice or two in the local rink, but on Sunday the team, which includes Signe Begalske and Mallory Ruhland, teammates on the Badger Lightning varsity team and Katelyn Allen who has played for the Sauk Prairie Flyers, Sauk Prairie Monkeys and Badger Lightning.

The team will hit the ice on Sunday (October 3) for a pair of games against the NorthCentral/Northeast 18U squad, playing at 10 a.m. and again at 1 p.m. on an otherwise quiet day at the local rink.

A long day on the ice could continue as the Badger Lightning will be holding a Captain’s Practice at the Sauk Prairie Area Recreation Center (SPARC) at 8 p.m.

This marks the second weekend the Lake Delton Ice Arena will hold some high level events at the local rink. Last weekend, the barn was the host of a four-team Minor (2010) Peewee AAA event which included the Madison Capitols, Green Bay Gamblers, Chicago Fury and St. Louis Jr. Blues. While they played a round robin event both Saturday and Sunday, the Major Peewees (’09) also held a game Saturday afternoon with the Capitols and Gamblers tangling.

Mast and 16U TW split four at USHL Showcase

By Jim den Hollander  

Editor/Publisher  

Saukhockey.info 

After a solid 2-0 start, the Team Wisconsin 16U team stumbled a bit through its final two games in the Pittsburgh area this past weekend (Jan. 24-26) wrapping up a 2-2 weekend.  

The team played in three different arenas as part of the United States Hockey League’s season opening Showcase tournament. An event that attracted junior, college and professional scouts to the City of Bridges. 

Playing on Team Wisconsin for a third season is Luke Mast, an incoming junior on the Sauk Prairie Eagles varsity hockey team beginning in November.  

TW opened with a 9-1 whipping of Gilmour Academy, from Ohio on Saturday (September 25, 2021) and returned Sunday morning for a 2-1 edge against the Rhode Island Saints in overtime. 

Later Sunday, Team Wisconsin played the same Florida Alliance squad it opened season play with back in August. Florida collected a 7-5 win in the opener but teams played a different style of match this time around, Florida ultimately taking the win by a 2-1 margin.  

On Monday, TW lined up against the South Kent Selects, wrapping up the weekend with another tough one-goal loss, this time by a 3-2 margin. 

Team Wisconsin 9 Gilmour Academy 1 

Team Wisconsin grabbed control of this one with four unanswered first period goals and added another four before Gilmour Academy finally hit the board with the only shot of 16to beat Devin Schutt (Sophomore – Arrowhead Warhawks) in goal for TW.

  Kyle Rohrer (Sophomore – Oregon Panthers) enjoyed a huge game for Team Wisconsin with three goals and two assists and Talan Blanck (St. Mary’s Springs Ledgers) picked up three assists. Other TW goals came from: Carsen Gause (Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln Red Raiders); Reece Cordray (Verona Wildcats); Carson Strapon (Sophomore – Hudson Raiders); Adam Timm (Sophomore – Rice Lake Warriors); Brody Dietz (Hudson Raiders) and Brenden Gruber (Sophomore – Notre Dame Academy Tritons). 

Team Wisconsin 2 Rhode Island Saints 1 

A first period goal had the Saints in control until Jack McGregor (Freshman – University School of Milwaukee) evened it with 3:32 to play in the contest. 

That set the stage for Timm and the overtime game winner scored at 4:53. 

Hayden Rising (Sophomore – St. Mary’s Springs Ledgers) kicked out 19 of 20 shots to collect the win in goal for TW. 

Florida Alliance 2 Team Wisconsin 1  

After combining on a dozen goals a month prior, defense was clearly the dominant player in this contest. Mast opened the scoring for Team Wisconsin in the game’s fourth minute but teams were even after a period, Florida grabbing its first and only lead 7:30 into the final period.  

South Kent Selects 3 Team Wisconsin 2  

Team Wisconsin battled back twice from a one-goal deficit, but the third time was the charm for the Selects.  

Down 1-0 after a period, Brady Engelkes (Middleton Cardinals) evened it 7:39 into the second period. South Kent moved in front again just over two minutes later and this time it was Strapon pulling the trigger on the equalizer with 4:01 to go in the period.  

The tie was once again short-lived as the Selects moved in front to stay 48 seconds after Strapon’s goal. 

Peterson and TW run into some tough competition

By Jim den Hollander  

Editor/Publisher  

Saukhockey.info  

Team Wisconsin 18U hockey team was the host team but sure didn’t have much of a home ice advantage this past weekend.  

The team faced a couple of tough opponents in Upper Midwest High School Elite League play, battling the first place MAP South Hockey team to a 6-6 draw in its first game at Chippewa Falls Ice Arena on Friday night, but falling to the same opponent 4-1 on Saturday morning. 

Next up was the Shattuck St. Mary’s Prep team who were simply too tough, handing TW a 4-1 loss Saturday and returning for a 4-2 decision on Sunday. 

MAP South 6 Team Wisconsin 6  

In the first game, Team Wisconsin appeared on its way to a big win, but three goals in the game’s final five minutes lifted the visiting MAP South team into a draw.  

Team Wisconsin scored the game’s first three goals and never trailed in the contest.  

Leading the offense was Aidan Lenz with two goals and Jon Wiebusch who set up three. Both will be seniors with the Edgewood Crusaders this fall. 

Other TW goals came from Kade Smigaj (Junior – Stevens Point Panthers); Hunter Bill (Junior – Notre Dame Academy Tritons; Isaac Rentmeester (Senior – Notre Dame Academy Tritons) and Peyton Platter (Senior – Eau Claire Memorial Old Abes). Erik Peterson, a senior with the Sauk Prairie Eagles picked up an assist on the game’s third goal. 

MAP South 4 Team Wisconsin 1 

In the first game, Team Wisconsin appeared on its way to a big win, but three goals in the game’s final five minutes lifted the visiting MAP South team into a draw. 

After leading most of the way in the first game, TW found itself down early in the rematch and never caught up. MAP carried a 3-0 lead out of the opening period and after a scoreless middle frame, both teams fired one in the third.  

Josh Austin (Senior – St. Mary’s Springs Ledgers) scored the lone Team Wisconsin goal. 

Shattuck St. Mary’s 5 Team Wisconsin 2 

Team Wisconsin opened and closed the scoring in the opening period, but thanks to a pair of responses in between by the visitors, this game was tied at 2-2 heading to the second.  

The game winner came near the halfway mark of the second and two more in the third clinched the win for Shattuck. 

Wiebusch and Cody Menzel (Senior — Edgewood Crusaders) had the Team Wisconsin goals in this game.

Shattuck St. Mary’s 4 Team Wisconsin 2  

The following day teams returned to a game that saw two goals in each period. Unfortunately, the first two and a 4-0 lead belonged to Shattuck with TW striking back for a pair in the third.  

Smigaj and Platter fired the Team Wisconsin goals.  

The rough weekend leaves Team Wisconsin with a 2-5-3 record in league play and a 6-6-3 record overall. As a result, the team has fallen to seventh place overall in the 10-team league.  

Action resumes in New Hope, MN for TW this weekend beginning Saturday with the team’s first meeting against North Dakota (1-2-1), followed by another chance against MAP South (6-1-2) and then on Sunday, the first meeting with fourth place Sanford Power (5-3-2)