Eagles wrap up great run in a super conference

By Jim den Hollander 

Editor/Publisher 

Saukhockey.info 

Jimmy D’s Notes

With two teams still competing from the Badger West Conference, it confirms the division’s status as one of the best in the state this season. It was a wild season with four teams boasting stellar lineups with key players in their final season of varsity play 

Hockey is no different from any other varsity sport where seniors play a big role as leaders, but there is seldom a season with so many top-notch seniors playing in the same conference.  

The last Sauk County based team, the Sauk Prairie Eagles had seven seniors in their lineup including top line forwards Nick Mast and Erik Peterson who both spend off season time with Team Wisconsin along with Micah Hanson, a top six forward and regular contributor who wrapped up a great final season before moving on to his primary sport in the fall as a division 1 lacrosse player. Defensively the team relied heavily on Hakon Peterson who did double duty, protecting his own end while contributing 13 goals to the offense as well. Porter Kreul showed leadership in a supporting and set up role. Forward Brody Wolfe and utility player Brandon Mittelsteadt were both limited in games played this season but made their presence felt whenever they were able to play. 

Past Performance and the talent level of the incoming seniors and juniors made the Sauk Prairie Eagles a force to be reckoned with. Unfortunately, they came along in a season and in a conference filled with talent. The RWD Cheavers had a ton of senior talent as well while the Edgewood Crusaders are among the Division 1 Final Four while the Oregon Panthers will play in their division 2 Sectional final on Saturday. This was an amazing year for all four teams and the Badger West Conference overall. 

The Eagles finished this season with a 19-5 record overall. All five of their defeats came against Badger West opponents – three against the Crusaders and twice against the Cheavers. Also, this was the third straight season the Eagles were eliminated in the Sectional semis. The first two were both against the Verona Wildcats who both times reached the State Championship game, winning in 2019-20 and finishing as runner up last season. Ironically, the Madison Edgewood Crusaders were Verona’s victim in the Sectional Championship game on both occasions. 

Stracke-McInerney share Eagles’ shutout

By Jim den Hollander  

Editor/Publisher 

Saukhockey.info 

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.