RWD third at Onalaska tournament

After dropping its opening game Friday (July 23), the RWD Cheavers charged back with three straight wins to wrap up third spot at a summer tournament at the Onalaska Omni Center.

Led by a solid group of incoming seniors, it was a fun weekend with Billy Oakes stepping in behind the bench with RWD Head Coach Neil Mattson away for the weekend.

The RWD Cheavers picked up wins in three of four games to claim third place at a tournament in Onalaska July 23-25.

After wrapping up a 2-1 record through three round robin games, the Cheavers finished second in its pool and grabbed a 3-1 win against former Badger North Conference rival Waunakee Warriors in a battle of second place teams Sunday morning.

The Cheavers dropped a 4-0 decision to the Brookfield Stars on Friday night before returning Saturday to earn a 7-1 decision against the Aquinas/Holmen Avalanche in that team’s home barn, then clinching second place with a 4-1 win against the Viroqua Blackhawks Saturday evening.

Friday

RWD Cheavers 1 Brookfield Stars 4

After the tournament Sunday, Oakes said he thought RWD came out a bit flat on Friday, finding its game in the final 15-minutes but already out of it by then as the Stars scored twice in each of the first two frames.

Cheavers were kept off the shot clock entirely through the first period and sophomore Brady Baldwin counted the team’s only goal unassisted on one of four third period shots.

Senior goaltender Cooper Oakes kicked out a dozen shots for the Cheaves and freshman Alex Griebe came on later to save another seven.

Saturday

RWD Cheavers 7 Aquinas/Holmen Avalanche 1

RWD bounced back with a big win Saturday morning, scoring twice in the opening period, including its first just 2:05 into the contest by junior John Scott, his first of three in the game.

Scott also fired the other first period goal, the game winner, late in the period, senior Clayton Pfaff and junior Caleb Eastman counting middle period markers.

Griebe went the distance in goal, turning aside 17 of 18 shot, the only one to get by him coming early in the third.

The Cheavers responded with three more goals, from Eastman, Scott and finally, senior Mitchell Henke. Senior Carter Scully along with juniors Nate Stando and Logan Demars both collected assists in the contest.

RWD Cheavers 4 Viroqua Blackhawks 1

Saturday night, Cheavers blasted off quickly again, Pfaff firing an unassisted regular strength goal before the end of the opening minute and Yevgeny Dedun converted a feed from Baldwin on a powerplay less than a minute later to add the game winner.

Viroqua pulled one back late in the opening period but that was as close as they got, Baldwin and Scott notching unassisted goals in the middle period to put this one away.

Oakes picked up the win in goal for the Cheavers, stopping all but one Viroqua shot.

RWD Cheavers 3 Waunakee Warriors 1

A change in the Badger Conferences for the upcoming season sees an end to 11 seasons as rivalry with the Waunakee Warriors, but seeing those purple jerseys still gets the Cheavers fired up.

That was certainly the case Sunday with a more chippy and emotional contest than the other three.

RWD notched the first goal once again, Eastman relaying a feed from Stando with 3:33 to go in the opening segment, but a goal in the final minute of the second had the Warriors at the break.

The Cheavers came out fired up for the final 15 minutes and despite a trio of third period infractions, it was the Cheavers providing all the offense as well.

Henke sank the game winner from Baldwin and Scott’s fifth of the weekend added insurance a short time later.

Griebe kicked out 22 of 23 to pick up the win in goal.

Many of the Cheavers players will turn their focus to football, soccer or cross country as they prepare for the varsity fall seasons.

Captains practices for both RWD and Baraboo/Portage will kick off in early September at the Lake Delton Ice Arena and the first practice of the 2021-22 regular season will take place in early November.

Bantam Cheavers third at BRF tourney

The bantam RWD Cheavers wrapped up third place at a tournament in Black River Falls over this past weekend. Pictured are team members including in front from left: Bryton Clark, Kayla Garbacz, Gus DeFosse, Alex Griebe, Tye Barney and Nick McPherson. In back from left are: Coach Billy Oakes, Devin Hughes, Bryan Mammos, Tristan Edgerton, Nolan Pope, RJ Manley, Kaden Uminski, Carter Renneberg and Coach Glenn Hughes. Absent from the photo are Ryleigh Bychinski and Jaxon Hess along with Team Manager Tara Uminski.

By Jim den Hollander

Editor/Publisher

Saukhockey.info

The RWD  bantam ‘A’ youth hockey team picked up two wins in three contests and avenged an earlier lopsided defeat on its way to a third place showing at a bantam tournament in Black River Falls this past weekend.

After opening the tournament with a 9-0 shutout against SHAW (Southeastern Hockey Association of Wisconsin) in its opening contest, the bantams ran into a tough opponent from Monroe, falling 11-0 to the Avalanche which ultimately sent the locals to the third-place contest against the host Black River Falls squad.

The same two teams met in early November, Black River Falls winning by a lopsided score. However, this time around, a Kaden Uminski hat trick set the tone for a 6-3 RWD victory in the bronze contest, pushing the team’s overall record to a solid 12-2 on the season.

Cheavers 9 vs. SHAW 0

RWD got things off to a successful start with a lopsided shutout win, the second of the season for Alex Griebe.

Nolan Pope opened and closed the scoring for the Cheavers with RJ Manley contributing a hat trick and an assist. Kaden Uminski collected a goal and two assists with other goals for Alec Breunig, Gus DeFosse and Devin Hughes and single assists for Carter Renneberg and Tristan Edgerton.

The Cheavers collected four goals in both the first and second periods adding one more down the stretch.

Cheavers 0 vs. Avalanche 11

RWD saw the other side of a quick start in its second game, falling behind 4-0 in the first before stemming the tide to a single goal against down the second. But the Avalanche continued to cover the Cheavers in the third with another half dozen unanswered goals.

 

Cheavers 6 vs. Tigers 3

Before the loss to Monroe, the Cheavers had just one defeat on the season and that was a lopsided decision at Black River Falls earlier in the season.

If they were intimidated in the rematch it didn’t show as RWD sandwiched a long Tigers’ marker in the first period with two of their own, from Breunig and Uminski. Nick McPherson and Breunig had assists on the Uminski goal.

Both teams scored twice in the middle period, Uminski collecting one for RWD before Bryan Mammos added the game winner a short time later, on a feed from Carter Renneberg.

Insurance came in the final period with goals scored by Gus DeFosse and Tristan Edgerton and another set up for Uminski.

Three game weekend

The win boosted the Cheavers’ overall record this season to 12-2 and they locals will be back in action this weekend with three home games at Reedsburg Area Community Arena (RACA). The Polar Caps B and Polar Caps B (Blue) from West Madison will make up the opposition Saturday with games at 10:45 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. respectively before Dubuque Junior Saints wrap it up with a 4:45 p.m. faceoff on Sunday.

 

Attached below is an interview done with Kaden Uminski earlier this season after a six-asssist weekend that helped the team to wins at Dubuque.

Oakes leads Bantam RWD into new season

By Jim den Hollander

Publisher/Editor

Saukhockey.info

RWD Youth Hockey will see its first faceoff of the season this weekend with the senior squad, the Baraboo Cheavers, hitting the ice for a pair at RACA on Sunday.

The RWD bantams will once again be coached by Billy Oakes with Glenn Hughes coaching as well.

The bantams will play host to the Washington County Ice twice on Sunday, facing off at 11 a.m. and then again at 1:30.

RWD bantams team members include include in numberical order:

 

Number                                  Player

1                                              Alexander Griebe

2                                              Kaden Uminski

4                                              Kayla Garbacz

6                                              Ryleigh Bychinski

10                                            Alec Breunig

11                                            Carter Renneberg

16                                            Bryton Clark

18                                            Nolan Pope

19                                            Gus Defosse

20                                            Tye Barney

30                                            Tristan Edgerton

TBA                                         Jaxon Hess

TBA                                         Devin Hughes

TBA                                         Bryan Mammos

TBA                                         Nicholas McPherson