RHS remains undefeated at 4-0 overall, 2-0 in GNC
STAR JOURNAL REPORT
The Rhinelander High School varsity boys hockey team scored three times in the first period and added three third-period goals Tuesday night when the Hodags won their Great Northern Conference contest at Mosinee, 6-3.
“It was a long overdue feeling to win a conference game at Mosinee,” said RHS head coach MJ Laggis. “We have not won a conference game in Mosinee since joining the GNC, and have only won once there, period, in the last four seasons in a playoff game.
“It has been a very difficult place for us to play, and we have been outgunned on many occasions by Mosinee teams that just have more depth and experience. So (Tuesday) night was a quality win.”
The Hodags got on the scoreboard 54 seconds into the game on a goal from Hunter Hicks assisted by Max Spaulding and Brandon Kolasa. After the Indians scored the equalizer on a goal from Max Beste just before the game’s 5-minute mark, RHS regained the lead in the first period when Danny Zuiker scored on a power play and Cole Spaulding added an even-strength goal.
Mosinee cut the deficit to 3-2 by tallying the lone second-period goal at the 12:31 mark when Trey Fitzgerald scored on the power play assisted by Grant Lindell and Beste.
“I really thought that (Mosinee) outworked us in that 17 minutes,” Laggis said. “After regrouping at the end of the second (period), we came out and answered with three goals.”
The Hodags were able to extend their lead to three goals 5:01 into the third period with Harlan Wojtusik scoring and Abe Laggis tallying his first career varsity goal. Then with 2:38 to play, RHS recorded its final goal on the power play with Bridger Flory scoring assisted by Freddy Wisner and Abe Laggis.
Wisner, Abe Laggis and Sam Tjugum each ended up with two assists on the night for the Hodags with Kolasa, Max Spaulding and Flory recording an assist apiece.
The Indians added a goal with less than 30 seconds to play when Fitzgerald scored shorthanded.
RHS outshot Mosinee, 44-15, with Seth Stafford recording the win in net and Stanford Swid picking up the loss in goal.
The Hodags improved their season record to 2-0 in the GNC and 4-0 overall going into to Friday’s non-conference home game against Green Bay United.
“I am really proud of our team, but at the same time we just have a long ways to go,” MJ Laggis said. “We played 10 forwards and five (defensemen) consistently (Tuesday) night and that is really helpful for later in the season.”
Hodags 6, Indians 3
Hodags 3 0 3 – 6
Indians 1 1 1 – 3