By Jim den Hollander
The RWD Peewee ‘A’ Cheavers entered the 2021-22 Wisconsin Amateur Hockey Association (WAHA) campaign through a gauntlet of tough opponents.
As a result, the team took its share of lumps with five losses and a tie through its first six contests. But a key win against the regional rival has turned things around.
The Cheavers avenged a 4-2 loss on home ice against the Sauk Prairie Flyers on Nov. 6 with a 2-1 edge against the same team at Sauk Prairie Area Recreation Center (SPARC) a week later and a pair of lopsided wins Nov. 14 has the peewee squad riding a three-game winning streak.
The games against the Flyers have appeared on Saukhockey.info earlier. Following is a quick wrap on the other seven games in the order they were played.
Verona Wildcats 8, 5 @ RWD Cheavers 1, 1
The Cheavers opened the regular season on Halloween weekend with a pair of games against the ‘A’ Wildcats.
After dropping an 8-1 decision early on Oct. 30, the same two teams returned to the ice later the same day and while the Wildcats won again, the Cheavers trimmed the margin a bit.
Dayne Wagner scored the lone goal in both games, gaining satisfaction of shattering the shutout bid of Brooke Terrien just 67 seconds from the final buzzer in the opener.
Andrew Stando collected an assist in the second game and Jesse Arnold picked up 20 saves in goal in both contests.
McFarland Spartans 1 RWD Cheavers 1
On Halloween Sunday, the Cheavers engaged in a tight defensive battle with the visiting Spartans.
Ian Boresh fired the only shot of 23 to get by Arnold in the second period but Landen Uminski pulled it back for RWD in the third with an unassisted goal.
RWD Cheavers 2, 0 Dubuque Fighting Saints 10, 10
The Fighting Saints feasted on the Cheavers on Nov. 7, taking a 10-2 win the first game at Mystique Ice Arena and following it up with a 10-0 shutout.
RWD carried a 2-1 lead out of the opening period in the first game and were even at 2-2 with a period to play before the home side exploded for eight third period markers.
Tyler Krieski scored both RWD goals, Uminski collecting an assist on the first one.
RWD Cheavers 7, 9 @ Black River Falls Tigers 4, 3
Following its win at Sauk Prairie, the Cheavers made the trip to Black River Falls on Nov. 14, taking a pair with a 7-4 win in the opener and 9-3 in the getaway game.
RWD was up 4-1 after a period in the first game, and 6-3 heading to the third, both teams adding one more down the stretch.
Uminski paced the squad with three goals and an assist, Ethan Wilcox adding a goal and a helper and other goals for Dietl, Stando and Krieski. Arnold collected the win with 18 saves.
The second game saw the Cheavers open with a four-goal first again, this time carrying a 4-0 cushion to the second and up 7-1 heading to the final frame.
Uminski wrapped up a seven goal, eight-point day with four goals, Ethan Pope adding two goals and a helper. Wagner notched a goal and assist with other goals for Krieski and Wilcox. Teaghan Geffert set up one of the goals and Arnold added another win with 24 saves.
The 3-5-1 Cheavers enjoyed a rare weekend off this past weekend and will look to build on its winning streak hosting the Viroqua Blackhawks for a pair of games Sunday at 1:15 p.m. and 4:15 p.m.