WAHA State Preview — Sauk 10U ‘B’ Monkeys

By Jim den Hollander  

Editor/Publisher  

Saukhockey.info 

Sauk Monkeys 10U ‘B’ — Host – 9-21-1 

The Sauk Monkeys 10U ‘B’ squad has the luxury of playing in a state championship tournament this coming weekend on friendly territory. 

The 10U Monkeys qualified automatically as the host for an eight-team tournament that will take place at Sauk Prairie Area Recreation Center (SPARC) starting Saturday morning.  

While the Monkeys enter the tournament as the host squad, that left the Madison Patriots as the lone 10U ‘B’ entry from region 4, so they also earn a spot automatically as the Region 4 representatives. 

The Monkeys played many of the same teams as their ‘A’ sisters, so the sub .500 record is a little misleading. One team the Monkeys have yet to play is the Beaver Dam Wildfire U-10 team (18-6…incomplete stats) a solid entry they will face in their first game at the State tournament at 10:15 a.m. on Saturday. 

Action begins at SPARC at 9 a.m. Saturday with the Coulee Region Stars (6-15-2) taking on the Fox River Freeze (no statistics available followed by the Monkeys and Wildfire.  

Each team will play twice on Saturday, the Monkeys returning to the ice at either 2 p.m. or 3:15 p.m. against either the Stars or Freeze, depending on opening round results.  

The bottom half of the draw at SPARC this weekend will include the Madison Patriots (19-8-5) who come into town riding an 11-game winning streak, the Chippewa Valley Girls Hockey Association Stars (4-15-1), the Western Wisconsin Stars (18-4-2) and Milwaukee Winter Club (14-6-1). 

Teams will return Sunday for final games, beginning with the 7th place contest at 9 a.m. and wrapping up with the WAHA 10U B State Championship game at 1:30 p.m.  

The Sauk 10U ‘B’ Monkeys include: Londyn Kleist; Maycee Bradley; Stella Sadek; Lara Kloepping; Margaret Nelson; Whitney Sadek; Carolena Weiss; Gracelynn Kleist; Margaret Kossen; Bryn Hommowun; Ella Paul; Elle Osborn; Lillian Nelson and Ruby Rinabarger. 

All 12 games will be available on LiveBarn, but why not head to the rink and enjoy this exciting tournament that will end with the crowning of a state champion in person. SPARC is in an industrial park area in Prairie du Sac. It’s easy to get to, has plenty of parking, a nice warm room and bleacher section and a great concession area. If you have never been, put the address (1700 Tower Street, Prairie du Sac) in your cell phone maps app. 

Saukhockey.info would like to wish the Sauk 10U ‘B’ Monkeys and the tournament organizers and volunteers’ good luck this weekend. 

Scott scores five to lead Squirt Cheavers past Wildcats

By Jim den Hollander 

Editor/Publisher 

Saukhockey.info 

The RWD Squirt ‘A’ Cheavers bounced back from a narrow defeat against the Madison Patriots Saturday (Jan. 29) with a pair of wins against the Waunakee Wildcats Sunday.  

On Saturday, teams combined for 13 goals but unfortunately for the locals seven of those came off Patriots’ sticks. On Sunday the Cheavers earned a narrow 2-1 lead against the ‘C’ Wildcats then followed it up shortly after with a more comfortable 8-2 decision. 

All three games were played at the Reedsburg Area Community Arena (RACA). 

Patriots 7 @ Cheavers 6

The Patriots outlasted the Cheavers in a wide-open contest by a narrow margin.  

Regular goaltender Jase Uminski took a turn as a skater and collected three goals along with an assist to pace the Cheavers’ attack. Briar Messer chipped in a pair of goals, Rainier Scott scoring the other goal and collecting an assist.  

Elliot Wilcox stopped 23 shots in goal for the Cheavers.  

Wildcats 1 @ Cheavers 2 

After the wide-open contest Saturday, the Cheavers came out on top in a defensive battle in the first of two Sunday games.  

Teams were even at 1-1 after a period, Cole Renneberg scoring for the Cheavers on a feed from Scott.  

That tie held up until the final period when Brayden Potter notched the game winner and Renneberg picked up the assist. 

Uminski kicked out 12 of 13 in goal for the Cheavers. 

Wildcats 2 @ Cheavers 8 

The RWD Squirts, led by a five-goal explosion from Scott, collected an easy win in its final game of the weekend. Messer, Renneberg and Potter each added a goal and assist, and Wilcox also helped on one. 

Uminski turned in a 16-save effort to pick up his second win of the day in goal for the Cheavers.  

The focus turns to Regionals this weekend as the squirt Cheavers, along with all the other RWD contingent will be looking to punch a ticket to the State Championship tournament. More information on that will be in a related story to be released shortly. 

Wagner’s nine point day paces Peewee Cheavers

By Jim den Hollander 

Editor/Publisher 

Saukhockey.info 

The RWD Peewee ‘A’ Cheavers stayed hot, rebounding from its first loss in seven games the previous weekend with 16 goals in two wins on a Mississippi Valley swing Sunday. 

After collecting a 9-4 win against the La Crosse Flames at Green Island Ice Arena, the Cheavers stopped at the Panther Den in West Salem on the way home, collecting a 7-2 win against the West Salem Panthers.  

Cheavers 9 @ Flames 4  

Six third period goals turned a close game into a cakewalk for the Cheavers who led 1-0 after a period and 3-2 heading to the final period. 

Tyler Krieski scored the first two for the Cheavers and ended the game with three goals and an assist. Dayne Wagner and Andrew Stando both scored twice, Wagner assisting on one and Stando setting up a pair. Ethan Wilcox and Teaghen Geffert both collected a goal and assist, and Ethan Pope also had a helper.  

Jesse Arnold stopped 17 shots to pick up the win in goal for the Cheavers.  

Cheavers 7 @ Panthers 2  

Wilcox donned the pads for the second game and kicked out 10 of 12 to pick up the win in goal.  

The Cheavers helped him out jumping into a 4-1 first period lead and extending the margin to 5-2 in the middle frame. 

Wagner, Landen Uminski and Geffert each fired a pair in the game, Wagner adding three assists to wrap up a nine-point road trip. Krieski scored the other and picked up an assist.  

The Peewee ‘A’ Cheavers have gotten hot at the right time, picking up wins in eight of 10 since putting up the 2022 Calendar. Overall, the team sits at 18-11-2. After a couple weeks on the road the team returns home for a busy weekend as it goes through final preparations before Regionals the following weekend. 

The team will play a rare game at the Lake Delton Ice Arena playing the Waunakee ‘B’ Wildcats at 9:30 to start a three-game day. The other two games, at 2 and 5 p.m. will be against the La Crosse Flames at Reedsburg Arena Community Arena (RACA). 

Sunday the Cheavers will play two more at RACA against at 10:45 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. against the Madison Patriots. 

Squirt ‘A’ Cheavers take second in West Salem

By Jim den Hollander  

Editor/Publisher 

Saukhockey.info 

The RWD Squirt ‘A’ hockey team rolled to a second place showing at a tournament in West Salem with a win, shootout loss and regulation loss along the way. 

After opening with a 7-2 win against the Waupun Warriors Saturday (Jan. 22), the Cheavers engaged in a thriller with the Iowa Heartlanders, who rallied late to tie it then captured a 5-4 win in shootout to break Cheavers hearts Saturday night. 

On Sunday, the Cheavers wrapped up play against the host West Salem squad who held off the Cheavers for a 3-2 edge. 

Cheavers 7 Warriors 2  

The opener saw a bit of a slow start for the Cheavers, even with the Warriors at 1-1 after a period but up 3-1 heading to a five-goal (4-1 Cheavers) third period.  

Briar Messer paced the Cheaver attack with a hat trick and an assist while Rainier Scott notched a pair of goals. Brayden Potter chipped in a goal and assist, and the other goal came from Jamison Haag. Jase Uminski handled the work in goal and earned praise from Head Coach Justin Messer in a post-tournament report for his stellar work between the pipes in all three contests.  

In the opening game, the Cheavers held a 28-7 edge in shots on goal. 

Cheavers 3 Heartlanders 4 (so) 

In its second game, the Cheavers carried a 3-1 lead out of the opening period but saw it trimmed to 4-3 in the middle frame. The Heartlanders struck for the only goal of the final period to send the game to overtime and a shootout where the Iowa squad fired the only goal.  

Scott notched the first two goals of the game for the Cheavers, both unassisted and the other two came from Cole Renneberg with help from Messer on the first one. 

Uminski kicked out 21 of 25 shots in the game as the Heartlanders held a 25-18 edge overall. 

West Salem 3 Cheavers 2  

On Sunday the Cheavers returned for a final contest and once again took control early with the lone goal of the first period off the stick of Haag, unassisted. 

All the remaining goals came in the second period, including the game winner fired in the final minute of the session giving West Salem its first and only lead of the contest. 

Cheavers’ second period marker also came from Haag on a feed from Renneberg. 

The weekend contests leave the team with an 11-10-1 record so far and this weekend, the final games of prep before the Regionals will see the team on home ice three times at the Reedsburg Area Community Arena (RACA). 

On Saturday the Squirt Cheavers will take on the Madison Patriots ‘B’ at 3:30 and they will play twice on Sunday, against Waunakee Wildcats‘C’ at 1:15 p.m. and 4:15 p.m.  

The RWD Squirt ‘A’ Cheavers celebrated a second place showing at a tournament in West Salem this past weekend. Cheavers players include (in no specific order) Jase Uminski, Caleb Backeberg, Cole Renneberg, Elliot Wilcox, Briar Messer, Brayden Potter, Nora Walker, Rainier Scott and Jamison Haag. Team Coaches include in back from left: Jeremy Backeberg, Head Coach Justin Messer, Nate Wilcox and Joe Uminski.

Uminski’s 21 points leads Cheavers to four-win weekend

By Jim den Hollander  

Editor/Publisher  

Saukhockey.info 

The RWD peewee ‘A’ Cheavers wrapped up its most successful weekend of the season so far with four wins, all on home ice at Reedsburg Area Community Arena (RACA). 

The Cheavers had double win days, picking up 6-2 and 7-4 victories against the visiting Madison Patriots on Saturday and matching it with 11-6 and 10-6 wins against the Black River Falls Tigers on Sunday. 

Several players enjoyed huge offensive weekends – that happens when a team scores 34 times — including Landen Uminski with 21 points, Ethan Wilcox with 11 and Tyler Krieski with nine. 

Patriots 2 @ Cheavers 6  

The Cheavers set the tone in the first game Saturday, turning a 1-0 lead after a period into a 5-1 cushion in the second.  

Dayne Wagner set the pace with a hat trick, Wilcox scoring twice and Noah Backeberg adding the other. Uminski set up three, Evelyn Gurney adding two assists and Hailey Dietl helping out on one. 

In goal for his first of four weekend games, Jesse Arnold stopped 15 of 17 shots to pick up the win. 

Owen Hadden fired both goals for the Patriots. 

Patriots 4 @ Cheavers 7  

In the rematch, the Cheavers carried a 2-1 lead into the second period and both teams fired a pair in the second before the hosts put it away with a 3-1 margin down the stretch. 

Uminski, Dietl and Wilcox fired two goals apiece for the Cheavers, Uminski adding two assists and Wilcox one. Tyler Krieski fired the other Cheavers’ goal and Andrew Stando also picked up an assist. 

Arnold stopped another 16 shots for his second win of the day. 

Hadden fired a hat trick for the Patriots, the other goal scored by Dillon Reynolds. 

Tigers 6 @ Cheavers 11 

Uminski scored five and set up another pair while Krieski fired a hat trick, Wilcox adding two goals and a setup. Wagner had the other goal, Ethan Pope and Dietl adding assists. 

Brooke Lakoske scored five for the Tigers, McKenzie Apicella adding the other.

RWD outshot its guest 34-25. 

Period breakdowns were not available from the first match. 

Tigers 6 @ Cheavers 10 

The Tigers stayed with the Cheavers for two periods, even at 2-2 after 15 minutes and the Cheavers up 5-4 heading to the third. A 5-2 margin in the final period made it an easy win for the hosts. 

Uminski wrapped up a 14-point day with three goals and four assists, Krieski notching his second hat trick of the day along with two assists and Wilcox also scored three. Teaghan Geffert notched the other Cheavers’ goal. Wagner and Backeberg picked up assists. 

Lakoske fired another four Tigers’ goals with others added by Jordyn King and Andrew Gunderson. 

The hot streak comes just in time for a tournament test as the peewees head to Spooner for three games beginning Friday. A win in the first game would be a fifth straight, matching the team’s longest winning streak from Nov. 13-28 2021. 

Peewee Cheavers win two of three weekend tests

By Jim den Hollander 

Editor/Publisher 

Saukhockey.info 

The RWD Peewee ‘A’ Cheavers started a busy weekend taking a 10-0 knock from the Verona ‘A’ Peewees Saturday (Dec. 4) morning, but things improved the rest of the way.  

On the way home, the Cheavers stopped at Hartmeyer Ice Arena in Madison Saturday afternoon and bested the Patriots 3-1.  

On Sunday, the Cheavers played on home ice at RACA, collecting a 10-1 win against the Monroe Avalanche. 

In the opener at Verona, goaltender Jesse Arnold was the busiest player in the game, facing 50 Verona Wildcats shots and turning away 40. The home team carried a 3-0 lead out of the opening period and widened it to 7-0 heading to the third. 

At Hartmeyer, the Cheavers hit the scoreboard first, Ethan Wilcox hitting the mesh after taking a feed from Landen Uminski, but a last-minute goal had the host Patriots even by the end of the first period.  

Tyler Krieski buried the game winner unassisted and Dayne Wagner added insurance with help from Wilcox later in the middle period.  

Arnold made it stand up, stopping all but one of the 28 shots he faced and helping the Cheavers to the win despite being outshot 28-23. 

The following day against the Avs, the local peewee squad picked up a big win against a regional opponent, carrying a 3-0 lead out of the opening period and building it to 8-1 in the second before wrapping up with two more unanswered in the final frame. 

Krieski, Evelyn Gurney and Noah Backeberg scored twice each for RWD and Krieski also added a pair of assists. Andrew Stando, Wilcox and Teaghan Geffert each added a goal and assist, and Uminski set up a pair. Wagner fired the other RWD goal and Ethan Pope collected an assist. The Cheavers held a 35-9 edge in shots in the contest.  

The loss on Saturday stopped a five-game Cheavers’ winning streak, but the team has now won seven of its last eight and heads into play this weekend sporting a 7-6-1 record.  

On Saturday, the peewee Cheavers will play the Middleton ‘A’ Cardinals peewees at 5:15 p.m. at RACA, returning Sunday at 8:30 a.m. to play the Oregon ‘A’ Panthers peewees. Wrapping up the weekend, the locals will move to Lake Delton Ice Arena to play Waunakee Wildcats at 2 p.m. 

Back to back hatties for Uminski

By Jim den Hollander 

Editor/Publisher 

Saukhockey.info 

The RWD Peewee A squad played host to the Viroqua Peewee Thunder on the weekend and sent them home disappointed with 6-1 and 7-2 wins at the Reedsburg Area Community Arena (RACA). 

The first game ended up 6-1 but it was Viroqua on the board first, Caden Williams hitting the mesh with 1:44 to go in the first period.  

The lead lasted 31 seconds before Tyler Krieski tied it with a set up for Ethan Wilcox and teams were even at 1-1 heading to the middle period.  

Cheavers took its first and only lead 1:50 into the second with a goal from Landen Uminski, unassisted and Andrew Stando scored the next two before Uminski finished off a hat trick with two more in the third period. Krieski collected assists on two of the goals.  

Jesse Arnold picked up the win in goal with 22 saves and Jack Ray stopped 19 in goal for the Thunder. 

A few hours later teams hit the ice again and again it was the guests on the board first, Jackson Morrison netting his first of a pair 20 seconds into the contest.  

Wilcox scored and teams were again even at 1-1 after a period. A second Wilcox put the Cheavers in front early in the second period, but Morrison notched the equalizer a few minutes later and teams were even again with 15 minutes to go. 

Uminski fired his second game winner of the day and started his second hat trick of the day 4:46 into the final period and the Cheavers rolled to five unanswered goals in the period.  

Krieski fired the other two RWD goals and Noah Backeberg wrapped up the game with a couple assists, others going to Stando, Wilcox and Dayne Wagner.  

Another case of déjà vu saw Arnold once again getting the win with 22 saves and the Thunder had a pair of goalies combining on a 31-save effort. 

The wins continued the team’s recent streak to five straight wins and after a tough start to the season, the Cheavers are now 5-5-1. They will look to climb over .500 for the first time traveling to the Madison area for three games.  

On Saturday, the team will travel to Verona to play the Wildcats who defeated them in their first two games this season at RACA for a 9 a.m. faceoff and RWD will stop at Hartmeyer Ice Arena on the way home to faceoff against the Peewee Patriots at 2 p.m.  

On Sunday, the Monroe Avalanche will be at RACA for an 11:30 a.m. contest, the first meeting between these Regional rivals this season. 

Chetwood does it all for Bantam Flyers

By Jim den Hollander 

Editor/Publisher 

Saukhockey.info 

Ever seen a hockey player collect a hat trick and playmaker honors in the same game? 
Kaleb Chetwood had a monster game Sunday, helping his Sauk Prairie Bantam ‘B’ Flyers rebound from a pair of tough losses the previous day with a 7-5 margin in a return match against the Verona Bantam ‘B’ Wildcats.  

Chetwood played a part in all seven Flyers’ goals, scoring four and setting up the other three. Ryan Flynn scored two and added two assists while Austin Smith scored the other and also notched a helper. 

Rene Repka responded with a hat trick for the Wildcats, Mac Lombardo and Ian Ludmer scoring the others. 

The Sunday game played in Verona came in response to a 3-2 loss against the same team at Sauk Prairie Area Recreation Center (SPARC) early Saturday. The Flyers also played at Hartmeyer Ice Arena in Madison, dropping a 2-1 decision against the host Patriots Saturday evening. 

In the first game against Verona, the visitors scored all three of its goals in a span of 4:20 in the middle period, Lombardo with the first and Repka with the other two.  

Chetwood finally got the Flyers on the board with 62 seconds to play in the second period and Jacob Wiegmann made it a one-goal game with 5:35 to play in the contest.  

At Hartmeyer, teams played through a scoreless first period and Quinton Greunke had the hosts up 1-0 heading to the third.

Tyler Jorgenson evened it up for the Flyers 65 seconds into the final period but Kyle Theisen notched the game winner for the Patriots with 5:01 to play.

Two game winners for Renneberg lead surging Squirt ‘B’ Cheavers

Clearly, the RWD Squirt ‘B’ Cheavers have discovered a love of winning.

After hitting the win column for the first time the previous weekend, the Squirt Cheavers posted three more ‘W’s this past weekend (Dec. 26-27) to carry a four-game winning streak into the New Year.

After posting a 1-0 shutout against the Sun Prairie C2 Cardinals Saturday afternoon, the Cheavers were back on the ice a couple hours late against the Madison Patriots ‘C’ squad, posting a 2-1 win. All three games were played at the Reedsburg Area Community Arena (RACA)

On Sunday, the Cheavers gave the Cardinals a chance to redeem themselves and posted a second shutout, this time by a 2-0 margin.

In the first game, Jase Uminski collected the team’s first goose egg of the season and both teams were scoreless through the first two periods. The only goal of the contest came from Rainier Scott in the final period with an assist for Briar Messer.

Rainier Scott fired the only goal in a 1-0 win Saturday

The second game saw teams even after the first two periods again, scoreless after the first and even at 1-1 heading to the third.

Messer fired the second period goal for the Cheavers, and the game winner came off the stick of Cole Renneberg. Aria Gada collected the win in goal beaten just once on 13 shots.

Gada came within seconds of a shutout the previous weekend and on Sunday, she collected the donut with a dozen saves to blank the Cards.

Renneberg fired another game winner with only goal of the first period, unassisted and Caleb Backeberg added some insurance in the middle frame with a set up for Messer.

The suddenly hot Cheavers will put its streak on the line with a pair of contests at RACA. The first will be against Regional rival, the Monroe Avalanche ‘B’ squad at 3:30 p.m. Saturday (Jan. 2) and t he other will be against Waunakee C2 Black Wildcats Sunday at 8 a.m.

Peewee Cheavers sweep Polar Caps, drop pair to Hawks

The RWD Peewee ‘A’ Cheavers wrapped up a split on the December 11-13 weekend, taking two from the East Madison Patriots on Saturday (Dec. 12)  at Reedsburg Area Community Arena (RACA) before hitting the road Sunday and dropping two against the host Viroqua Blackhawks.

In the first meeting against the Patriots, the home team rallied with four goals in a little under six minutes to turn a 2-0 deficit into a 4-2 lead and ultimately, a 4-3 win.

The Cheavers left no doubt in the second meeting, piling up a 4-0 first period lead on its way to a 6-0 shutout win.

 

In the first game Sunday, the RWD squad dropped a 7-3 decision in the first game and 5-3 in the wrap up contest.

 

Saturday, December 12

Polar Caps 3 @ Cheavers 4

Polar Caps 0 @ Cheavers 6

The first game against Madison saw the Cheavers falling behind 2-0 in the first period and the same cushion was intact to start the third.

Landen Uminski opened the floodgates 4:15 into the final period with a powerplay goal, assisted by Elizabeth Haag.

An unassisted tally by Hailey Dietl tied the game at the 6:24 mark and Ethan Wilcox put the home team in front to stay from Tyler Krieski and Paige Othmer 44 seconds later. Uminski’s second, from Dietl padded the lead, but turned into the game winner when the Pats struck back for one more in the final period.

Jordan Kowalski kicked out 15 shots to collect the win in goal, but he saved his best for the next game, posting his sixth shutout of the season.

Dietl scored twice in the second game, Uminski adding a goal and two assists. Other goals came from Haag, Wyatt Arnold, and RJ Manley with assists for Krieski and Wilcox (2).

 

Sunday, December 13

Cheavers 3 @ Blackhawks 7

Cheavers 3 @ Blackhawks 5

At Viroqua, the Cheavers ran into a team with a high-powered offense that handed them back-to-back defeats for the first time this season.

‘In the first game, the Cheavers matched the Hawks through a period, trailing 3-2 entering the second with goals from Kowalski and Dietl and an assist for Krieski.

The home side added two more in the second and another pair in the third before  Haag converted a pass from Manley late in the frame.

After five goals in the first period of the first period, teams failed to find the mark in the opening frame of the getaway game but made up for it with six second period tallies – unfortunately, four of them for the Blackhawks.

Manley collected an assist on a Krieski goal to open the scoring then scored the second himself a little over a minute later. Othmer also picked up an assist on the first goal.

Teams traded goals in the final period, Viroqua going up 5-2 before Uminski rounded out the scoring with a set up for Dietl.

The weekend split moved the Peewee Cheavers to 12-6 on the season.