BOYS HOCKEY: Shawano, Antigo enjoy more wins than losses

NEW Media Staff

Shawano hosted the Northwest Icemen co-op team Jan. 27 and lost the battle 5-2.

Antigo 7, Waupun 1

Eli Kassler and Owen Dickman each scored a hat trick as the Antigo/Wittenberg-Birnamwood co-op team defeated Waupun 7-1 on Jan. 25.

Dickman assisted Kassler on Antigo’s first goal at 15:30 in the first period to give the hosts a 1-0 lead.

It was all Antigo in the second period. Kassler scored at 3:28 with help from Liam Burt and Jack Siegman. Dickman scored at 10:47 with help from Kassler, and Kassler scored third goal at 13:42 with Burt assisting.

Waupun scored its only goal at 2:06 in the third period, And, Antigo responded with three more goals.

Kassler assisted Dickman at 5:41, Parker Chaney assisted Burt at 11:46, and Dickman nabbed his third goal at 13:35.

Each team was penalized once for two minutes.

The Red Robins had 28 shots on goal, while the visiting Warriors had 33. Nolan Bunnell notched the 32 saves for the Red Robins.

Shawano 8, Medford 5

Shawano/Bonduel had three more shots on goal than Medford and also ended up with three more goals as the Hawks beat the Raiders 8-5 on Jan. 25.

Shawano held a 2-1 lead after the first period as they jumped out to an early 2-0 lead. Max Huntington scored at 5:11 with a Byrcen Madison assist. Then, at 8:36, Cam Schroeder scored with a Karson Stoss assist.

Shawano went up 3-1 after Blake Knope scored at 4:27 in the second period. A Medford goal made it 3-2, but Shawano score three unanswered goals.

Knope assisted on a Josh Fisken goal at 7:08. Aidan Beaulieu assisted on a Stoss goal at 9:21, and Stoss sacred again at 13:22 with help from Cam and Wyatt Schroeder.

Medford scored toward the end of the second period and at the start of the third to make it 6-4. But, Shawano answered with two third-period goals. First, Knope scored at 2:40. Then, Beaulieu was assisted by Stoss for a goal at 8:29. Medford scored one last time at 12:19.

Shawano had 34 shots on goal, compared to 31 for Medford.

The Raiders spent 29 minutes in the penalty box on 10 infractions. Shawano was called for eight penalties and served 16 minutes.

Kaiden Thornborrow recorded 29 saves for the Hawks.

Antigo 7, Rhinelander 3

Antigo broke the game open with four goals in the third period to defeat Rhinelander 7-3 on Jan. 23.

Eli Kassler scored five goals for the Red Robins, including a pair in the first period. The first one was unassisted, while Owen Dickman and Jack Siegman assisted on the second to give Antigo a 2-1 lead.

Each team scored once in the second period, with Dickman lending a stick to Kassler for his third goal of the game.

The Hodags scored once in the final period, but Antigo’s four goals proved to be enough for the win.

Liam Burt sacred at 22:31 with assists from Kassler and Dickman. Dickman and Ian Brittenham assisted Kassler for this fourth goal, and then Kassler added his firth with an assist from Burt. Finally, Dickman scored on an assist from Kassler.

The Hodags were called for eight penalties for 16 minutes, while Antigo was called six times for 12 minutes.

Rhinelander notched 40 shots on goal compared to Antigo’s 27. Nolan Bunnell had 37 saves for the Red Robins.

Saturday, Jan. 20

Shawano 6, Chequamegon 1

Chequamegon/Phillips/Butternut led Shawano/Bonduel 1-0 for about 10 minutes in the first period, but that would be the only score for the visitors. Shawano bounced back with three goals within one minute toward the end of the period and added another three goals in the game to capture a 6-1 win.

Trailing 1-0, Shawano’s Josh Fisken scored at 14:42 with help from Aidan Beaulieu and Cam Schroeder. At 15:21, Blake Knope put Shawano on top 2-1 with a goal and assists from Fisken and Beaulieu. Just 21 seconds later, Hunter Jones scored with an assist from Jeremy Helmuth, and Shawano held a 3-1 lead at the end of the period.

Knope scored at 12:50 in the third period, with help from Gavin Hundt, to put Shawano up 4-1.

Waylon Snider and Fisken assisted Jones for a goal at 7:05 in the third period to put the Hawks up 5-1. Beaulieu scored Shawano’s final goal at 15:50.

Shawano managed to come up with the win despite being shorthanded quite often as the team was penalized 15 times for 30 minutes. Chequamegon was called for six infractions for 12 minutes.

Shawano skaters placed 35 shots on goal, while Chequamegon had 22. Tyson Lyons had 21 saves for the Hawks.

Viroqua 8, Antigo 4

Owen Dickman recorded a hat trick, but Viroqua’s five-goal second period spelled defeat for the Antigo/Wittenberg-Birnamwood co-op team in its 8-4 loss.

Dickman scored first with an Eli Kassler assist at 4:01 in the first period to give the visitors a 1-0 lead. Just four minutes later, Antigo trailed 2-1, but a second goal by Dickman tied the game at 2-2 going into the second period.

Viroqua rattled off three goals in the second period before Dickman’s third goal was notched at 7:49. Two more goals by the Blackhawks gave them a 7-3 at the end of the period.

Viroqua added its eighth goal early in the third period. Antigo’s final push came at 14:05 with a goal by Liam Burt and an assist by Ian Brittenham.

Antigo had 17 shots on goal. Nolan Bunnell recorded 45 saves as Viroqua had 53 shots on goal.

Antigo was penalized five times for 12 minutes, while Viroqua was called for four infractions for eight minutes.

Friday, Jan. 19

Antigo 7, West Salem 5

Eli Kassler scored five goals, including a hat trick in the third period, to lead Antigo over West Salem 7-5.

In a back-and-forth first period, Kassler score twice, and the team were knotted at 2-2. Richie Veriha assisted Kassler on his second goal.

No scoring happened in the second period, but the final period was wild with eight goals scored.

It was back-and-forth again for the first 13 minutes, as the Panthers took a 3-2 lead only to have Liam Burt score with a Kassler assist to tie the game at 3-3. West Salem regained the lead, and Kassler tied it with help from Owen Dickman.

Once again, West Salem retook the lead, only to have Kassler tie it at 5-5 at 13:15.

Antigo would pull out the win with a Veriha goal at 14:46 with help from Kassler and Dickman. The final goal, an unassisted score by Kassler, came at 16:49.

In all Antigo notched 34 shots on goal, while West Salem had 20. Nolan Bunnell had 15 saves for the Red Robins.

Thursday, Jan. 18

Shawano 3, Waupaca JV 1

Shawano/Bonduel traveled to the Waupaca Expo Center and returned home with a 3-1 victory.

After a scoreless first period, Shawano scored a pair of goals in the second period. Hunter Jones scored at 2:12 with help from Jeremy Helmuth and Max Huntington. Then, as 13:44, Karson Stoss scored with assists from Cam Schroeder and Blake Knope.

Waupaca scored just 51 seances into the third period to make ti 2-1, but Stoss’ goal at 14:49, with an assist from Schroeder, sealed the win.

Kaiden Thornborrow saved all 27 shots that came his way, while Shawano’s players recorded 34 shots on goal.

Shawano players were penalized six times for 12 minutes, while Waupaca never saw the inside of the penalty box.