BOYS HOCKEY: Hodags snap losing streak, win tourney at Merrill
RHS 9-7 overall
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The Rhinelander High School varsity boys hockey team is back on the winning track after winning both games at last weekend’s tournament in Merrill.
RHS snapped its seven-game losing streak by opening tournament play Friday with a 5-0 victory over Medford.
“Our kids had a lot of energy and played hard as a group,” said Hodags head coach MJ Laggis. “We took a lot of shots on goal recording 51 shots. I was really happy with our team.”
RHS scored twice in the opening period on goals from Freddy Wisner and Matthias Schneider and tallied three third-period goals from Brandon Kolasa, Abe Laggis and Conor Pequet.
Seth Stafford made eight saves to record the shutout win in goal for the Hodags.
HODAGS 5, BLUEJACKS 1
After giving up the first goal Saturday, RHS did the rest of the scoring to win the championship game over Merrill/Wausau East, 5-1.
“Again we entered the championship game with a lot of energy and got it going our way after Merrill/Wausau East scored first,” MJ Laggis said.
Christian Matson scored for the Bluejacks 14:49 into the opening period with the Hodags able to tie the game about a minute later on a goal from Abe Laggis.
RHS scored twice in the second period with goals from Wisner and Harlan Wojtusik and then added two third-period goals from Bridger Flory and Abe Laggis.
Stafford made 10 saves to record the win in goal.
RHS, which had its non-conference road game scheduled for Monday against Stevens Point Pacelli cancelled because of the wintry weather, now has a season record of 9-7 overall and 4-4 in the Great Northern Conference going into Thursday’s home conference game against Medford.