Peewee ‘B’ Cheavers see both sides of blowout matches

By Jim den Hollander


The RWD Peewee ‘B’ Cheavers found themselves on both sides of blowout contests on the weekend.

After absorbing a lopsided 9-2 defeat at the hands of the Waunakee C1 Peewee Wildcats on Saturday, the Cheavers took its frustrations out on the West Madison Polar Caps with a 9-3 win on Sunday. Both games were played at the Reedsburg Area Community Arena (RACA).

On Saturday, the Wildcats scored a pair before Caydence Putz converted a pass from Cassidy Putz late in the first period for the Cheavers. The Wildcats added two more in the final 75 seconds though and carried a 4-1 cushion into the middle period.

Jenna Garbacz collected the other RWD tally 5:40 into the second, but the visitors widened the gap to 7-2 by the start of the final period.

On Sunday teams traded early goals and the Polar Caps were up 2-1 before the home side moved in front to stay with two in the final 3:08 of the opening period.

By the end of the middle frame, the Cheavers owned a 6-3 lead and piled on another three down the stretch.

Dayne Wagner enjoyed a huge game for the Cheavers, scoring five goals and setting up another. Two of his goals came in the opening period with Aiden Knull scoring the other and adding an assist.

Andrew Stando also scored twice, and the other goal came from Cassidy Putz. Vladimir Barabash picked up a third period assist.

Mason Matteson was in goal for both games, stopping a dozen on Saturday and kicking out 19 on Sunday.

The weekend split leaves the Peewee ‘B’ Cheavers at 8-9-3 on the season so far and they will once again look to reach the .500 plateau with another two-game weekend coming up. On Saturday, the Cheavers will once again host the Polar Caps followed by a Sunday game against the Sauk Prairie Flyers Peewee ‘B’ squad. Cheavers have played the Flyers twice earlier this season, dropping an 8-5 season at Sauk Prairie Area Community Arena (SPARC) in their second game of the season, Nov. 28, then turning in a closer match, before succumbing 6-5 at RACA Dec. 20.


Peewee ‘B’ Cheavers prepare for Dells Cup tourney

By Jim den Hollander


The RWD Peewee ‘B’ Cheavers continued to make its way through a tough schedule starting and finishing this past weekend with a pair of 4-4 draws with some tough losses in between.

The Cheavers played three of the four games at Reedsburg Area Community Arena (RACA), beginning with a 4-4 saw off with the Tomah/Sparta Peewee ‘B’ Titans squad followed by a 7-4 loss against Sun Prairie/Beaver Dam C2 Cardinals on Saturday (December 5).

The following day started with a trip to Viroqua where RWD dropped a 6-1 decision against Viroqua Peewee ‘B’ Thunder but wrapped up with a return home and a 4-4 draw with the same Sun Prairie/Beaver Dam C2 team it fell to the previous day.


Titans 4 @ Cheavers 4

This thriller saw the visiting Titans grab a 1-0 first period lead before the Cheavers struck back with a pair of unanswered second period goals. A flurry early in the third had teams even at 3-3 and the Cheavers took a lead near the halfway mark but the Titans rallied to tie it again with 89 seconds to play.

Dayne Wagner fired two for the Cheavers while Andrew Stando added a goal and assist, the fourth goal an unassisted marker for Noah Mortimer. Aiden Knull also collected an assist in the game and Mason Mattson kicked out 15 saves for the Cheavers.


Cardinals 7 @ Cheavers 4

In the second game of the day, the Cheavers ran into a tough Cardinals team that turned a narrow 2-1 lead into a more decisive 5-2 margin in the middle period.

Wagner notched another two points with a goal and assist with other goals for Knull, Vladimir Barabash and Andrew Stando, Matthew Stando adding an assist.

Mattson turned in another 15-save effort in goal.


Cheavers 1 @ Thunder 6

In Viroqua, the home team build a 3-0 first period lead before Jenna Garbacz connected on the lone Cheavers’ goal, unassisted in the middle period.

Another three in the third put it away for the home team.

Mattson handled 19 of 25 in goal for the Cheavers.


Cardinals 4 Cheavers 4

The final game of the weekend saw the Cheavers  rally back from a four-goal deficit to salvage a 4-4 draw against the Cardinals who fired all four of its goals in the middle period.

Andrew Stando found the mark for the Cheavers 2:01 into the final period, converting a pass from Wagner and it was Stando again with the tying goal just 51 seconds from the final buzzer, unassisted.

In between were two goals from Mortimer, the second with 1:06 to go, just 15 seconds before Stando notched the equalizer. Stando also collected a set up on the first Mortimer goal, the second set up by Knull.

Mattson turned in his best effort of the weekend with 20 saves, including all 10-shots he faced in the first period.

Weekend tourney in Lake Delton

The ‘B’s will switch its base to the Lake Delton Ice Arena this weekend to take part in the Peewee Division of the Dells Cup tournament.

After starting out Friday with a 9:40 p.m. game against the Green Bay Bobcats followed with a game Saturday at 3:10 p.m. against Southeastern Hockey Association of Wisconsin (SHAW) Timberwolves and finally, the Waunakee Wildcats at 8:10 p.m. Saturday night.

The Peewees will also cram one more in Saturday with a 12:30 p.m. contest at RACA against the Dodgeville Ice Wolves.









U-14 Badger Lightning ready to roll into 2020-21 season

The Badger Lighting U-14 roster have been filled out as they look to build on the success of the 2019-20 season which ended unfortunately just before the U-12 squad had a chance to play for a state championship.

A full roster of 16 are currently included on the Lightning’s U-14 squad which could include a few double rostered U-12 players.

Following are the players who will weather the Lightning Bolt for the 2020-21 season in alphabetical order:

Ryleigh Bychinski; Jenna Garbacz; Kayla Garbacz; Elizabeth Haag; Addison Lee; Kyran Merrell; Reese Olson; Paige Othmer; Cassidy Putz; Cadence Putz; Olivia Renneberg; Peyton Stelzer; Molly Stokes; Brianna Sullivan; Tamia Thompson; Dayana Wade.

Watch this space for more on the U-14 Lightning including schedule and game wraps this season.

Squirt Cyclones wrap up third at Hayward tournament

Pictured are members of the South Central Cyclones Squirt A team who finished third at a Hayward tournament this past weekend. Team members include: Landen Uminski; Hailey Dietl; Tyler Krieski; Dayne Wagner; Lukas Schulz; Joseph Patton; Ethan Wilcox; Ethan Pope; Teaghan Geffert; Evelyn Gurney; Jenna Garbacz; and Olivia Renneberg

The South Central Cyclones Squirt A squad wrapped up a third place showing at a tournament in Hayward this past weekend.

The local squad battled three Minnesota-based teams, starting with an impressive 8-1 win against the Waconia Wildcats in the opener Saturday morning, then dropping a 7-1 decision to the Woodland Whalers later the same day. In the third place match on Sunday, the Cyclones pulled out a 2-1 against the Duluth Heights Hornets.

In the first game, the Cyclones opened a 3-0 first period lead and owned a 5-1 cushion heading to the final frame.

Landen Uminski paced the offence in the opener, scoring three goals and adding an assist and Ethan Pope collected a goal and three assists. Hailey Dietl notched a goal and two assists, Tyler Krieski and Joseph Patton adding a goal and assist apiece. The other goal came from Ethan Wilcox and Dayne Wagner collected an assist.

Olivia Renneberg picked up the win in goal, stopping all but one of the 22 shots she faced.

The Whalers owned a 2-0 cushion after a period and widened the gap to 5-1 in the second. Uminski fired the lone Cyclones goal unassisted and Renneberg turned in a 23-save performance.

In the third place contest, the Hornets scored the lone first period goal but an unassisted goal from Teaghen Geffert tied the score in the middle period. Uminski stepped up with the game winner with 6:22 to play in the contest and Renneberg turned aside 10 shots for her second win in goal.

This Saturday will be the last chance to catch the local Squirts in action as they are scheduled to play a pair at the Reedsburg Area Community Arena and as of now, they are the final games on the team’s 2019-20 schedule. At 10 a.m. the locals will take on Tomah Timberwolves Squirts and Sauk Prairie Flyers will be the opposition for the 2:30 p.m. finale.