The RWD junior varsity Cheavers stayed hot in recent games, collecting a 3-0 shutout win against the Baldwin-Woodville Hawks at Reedsburg Area Community Arena (RACA) Saturday (Dec. 11) afternoon and he needed just three days to add his second goose egg with another 3-0 win at Oregon Tuesday night.
The last goal allowed by Griebe was scored by Monroe with 11:12 to play and he has 101:12 of clear crease since then.
Shutouts are a shared stat though. The JV defense corps and forwards deserve credit as well, limiting Woodville to just seven shots, but the Panthers peppered Griebe with 32 shots and outscored the locals 32-14 in the contest.
Offensively against Baldwin, Caleb Eastman scored the game winner 5:04 into the contest and that held up all the way to the third period when Eastman added another and Nate Stando added insurance just 17 seconds later.
Mark Othmer and Kaden Uminski collected assists on the Eastman goal in the third and Carter Renneberg had the set up on Stando’s tally.
In Oregon, RWD fired one goal in each period, Malachi Strombolis-Salama with the opener and closer and Gus DeFosse notched the middle marker. Iszak Elder, Stando, Nolan Pope and Tristan Edgerton picked up assists in the game.
The wins pushed the JV squad to 8-2 so far this season and extended the current winning streak to four games.
The JV Chiefs will be back in action Friday on home ice against the Sauk Prairie Eagles.
The RWD Bantam Cheavers found themselves in a competitive group and discovered some familiar opponents at a Sparta tournament Jan. 16-17.
First the locals came face to face with the Oregon Panthers, a Regional rival from earlier days with the South-Central Cyclones. The Panthers brushed the locals aside 7-1 but the Cheavers bounced back with a second round 5-1 win against the Sparta Spartans to earn a berth in the third-place contest.
Sauk Prairie Flyers, a current Regional rival for the Cheavers in the final contest that saw the locals grab a 3-0 lead, but ultimately falling 5-3 and settling for fourth place in the tournament.
Oregon Panthers 7 RWD Cheavers 1
The Panthers opened a 2-0 lead and added two more in the middle frame against RWD.
By the time Bryan Mammos scored what would be his team’s only goal, the Panthers had five on the board, adding two more in the final 8:07 for the lopsided win.
Alex Griebe made 21 saves in goal for the Cheavers while the Panthers limited RWD to just a dozen shots at the opposite end.
Sparta Spartans 1 RWD Cheavers 5
In the second game, goaltenders stepped up in a big way, just one goal scored in the first two periods. That goal came from Tye Barney on a feed from Kaden Uminski as Griebe kept his crease clean with eight saves through the first two frames.
Griebe was 3:44 from a shutout when Sparta finally hit the board and by then the Cheavers had already notched five.
Barney notched the game winner with 8:55 to on a feed from RJ Manley and Uminski added some insurance with 7:13 on the clock from Ryleigh Bychinski. Manley fired the final two for the Cheavers the first on a feed from Barney and the final one a solo effort.
RWD Cheavers 3 Sauk Prairie Flyers 5
The Flyers couldn’t have started better when they returned to the rink Jan. 17 for the fourth-place contest. Barney hit the board first again, just 1:29 into the match with help from Gus DeFosse. Uminski added a solo effort 27 seconds later and the Cheavers were off and running.
Tristan Edgerton gave the local bantams a 3-0 margin with 3:02 to go in the period and the Flyers finally hit the board 33 seconds later when Brock Hill converted a pass from Audrey Hanko.
Connor Grant got the Flyers within a goal with his marker 3:49 into the second, from Hanko and Joshua Mast and Gavin Goetsch evened it up with 8:50 to go, teams wrapping up the middle frame even at 3-3.
Gunnar Nachreiner fired the game winner 2:49 into the final period from Mast and Landon Froese added some insurance with still a little more than 10-minutes to go, from Hill.
Griebe kicked out 24 shots in the contest while Corbin Domka stopped 17 including everything he saw in the final two periods.
After dropping a pair of tough decisions Saturday, the RWD Bantam Cheavers came up with a big win for a satisfying end to a three-game weekend at Reedsburg Area Community Arena (RACA).
The weekend started out with a tough loss Saturday (Jan. 2) morning to Viroqua Thunder Bantams who pulled out a 2-1 win, scoring the game winner in the final period. Later Saturday the bantams ran into Region 4 rival, Monroe Avalanche, staying even with them through a period, but ultimately falling 9-1.
On Sunday, the Cheavers got a rare visit from the Stevens Point Ice Hawks and came out on top in a physical contest that saw the visitors rack up 21 minutes in penalties, by a 10-3 margin.
In the opening contest, teams exited the opening period without a goal scored and both notched one in the middle period, Kaden Uminski finding the mesh with help from Tye Barney and Tristan Edgerton.
Collin Simonson fired both Thunder goals.
Alex Griebe turned aside 24 of 26 shots in goal for the Cheavers.
Later Saturday the Avs led early but Barney pulled the Cheavers even just over two minutes later from Alec Breunig and teams were still even at 1-1 after a period.
Monroe added three more and piled up another five in the third period to pull away.
Griebe was easily the busiest player on the ice, kicking out 24 shots in the first period alone on his way to a 52-save contest.
On Sunday, the Cheavers opened a 3-0 first period lead and added another before the Ice Hawks finally hit the board halfway through the second period and cut into the margin a bit, Cheavers up 5-3 heading to the third.
Five straight unanswered third period goals tipped the scales heavily in favor of RWD through the final 17 minutes.
Breunig led the Cheavers with four goals in the contest, Edgerton adding a hat trick and an assist with other goals for Carter Renneberg and Gus DeFosse. Uminski had a couple assists with others for Kayla Garbacz, Bryan Mammos and Nick McPherson.
The weekend results moved the Cheavers to 15-5 on the season so far and the team is scheduled to play in a tournament at Sparta this weekend (Jan. 8-10)
RWD bantam Cheavers added three more wins to its total Dec. 12-13, all on home ice at Reedsburg Area Community Arena (RACA).
On the Saturday, the Cheavers battled the Madison West Polar Caps twice, collecting a lopsided 5-1 win early in the day, then pressed to the final minute in the afternoon rematch, an empty netter with just under a minute to go finally clinching a 4-2 decision.
On Sunday, the Cheavers faced and defeated Dubuque Junior Saints for the third time this season. After a pair of wins in Dubuque earlier this year, the Cheavers settled for a 3-2 decision on home ice on Dec. 13.
Saturday Dec. 12
West Madison Polar Caps 1 @ RWD Cheavers 5
West Madison Polar Caps 2 @ RWD Cheavers 4
In the first game Saturday, the Cheavers grabbed control of the contest with three unanswered first period goals, scored by Tye Barney, RJ Manley, and Bryton Clark. Tristan Edgerton set up two and the other came with help from Caden Uminski.
Kayla Garbacz increased the lead with her middle period goal, from Edgerton and Gus DeFosse added another near the halfway mark of the third.
Alex Griebe kicked out everything fired at him until the Caps finally found an opening, robbing him of a shutout inside the final 20 seconds of the contest.
The second game was much closer, teams even at 1-1 after a period and 2-2 heading to the third.
Edgerton notched the first goal, unassisted, then set up Alec Breunig for the second period goal. It was Edgerton again, collecting his sixth point of the day with 4:20 to play putting the Cheavers in front for a third and final time before Manley slid home the clincher into an empty Caps net with 55 seconds to go.
Griebe collected another win in goal for the Cheavers with 20 saves, 11 of them in the final period.
Game winner scored by Tristan Edgerton
Dubuque Jr. Saints 2 @ RWD Cheavers 3
RWD scored first again on Sunday, Uminski’s goal at the 5:35 mark standing up as the only goal of the first period.
The Saints fired the equalizer 4:32 into the second but Clark slammed a pass from Carter Renneberg home to put the Cheavers in front again just over a minute later. Another goal late in the period had teams even at 2-2 with a period to play.
The Cheavers turned up the heat in the final period, outshooting its guests 16-8. Uminski’s second of the contest, scored late in the period was the game winner with assists for Barney and Edgerton.
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.
The RWD bantam hockey team couldn’t have started much better, winning its first four contests – all on home ice at Reedsburg Area Community Arena (RACA) before dropping its first game on the road Sunday.
The season started with a pair of games November 1 as the Washington County Ice paid a visit.
The Cheavers captured a 6-2 win in the first of two games then followed it up with a 3-1 decision later the same day.
Nolan Pope and Tye Barney both scored twice, both adding an assist with other goals added by Gus DeFosse, Kaden Uminski, Bryan Mammos and Carter Renneberg. Uminski also collected an assist with other helpers for RJ Manley and Tristan Edgerton.
Alex Griebe stopped 43 of 46 shots to pick up a couple ‘W’s’ between the pipes.
This past weekend, Griebe topped those performances with his first shutout, against Sauk Flyers ‘B’ team, turning aside 43 shots in the first of two games Saturday. The second was a 4-2 decision against the Viroqua Thunder.
Included in the 11 goals were two each for Mammos, Barney, Alec Breunig and Uminski and others from Pope, Ryleigh Bychinski and Renneberg. Breunig and Uminski both added a pair of set ups with others for Kayla Garbacz, Bychinski and DeFosse. Griebe moved to 4-0 with a 20-save effort against Viroqua.
The streak ended Sunday as the Cheavers headed to Black River Falls and ran into a mighty squad that included a trio of Team Wisconsin players.
The Tigers rolled to a lopsided win on home ice while the Cheavers chalked it up to a valuable learning experience. This weekend the Cheavers will face its first tournament tests of the season, travelling to an event at the new arena in West Salem. The locals are scheduled to play at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday and again at 11 a.m. Sunday. Next home games will be Nov. 28 when the Bantam Cheavers welcome the Chippewa Thunder for a pair of games at RACA.