The Rhinelander High School boys' hockey team went 1-1 starting on Friday night to finish 3rd at the four-team invite at Pierce Park in Baraboo to take third overall. The Hodags started the tournament off, and fell 3-1 to Sheboygan on Friday before coming back to defeat GNC rival Tomahawk 8-3 on Saturday.
Rhinelander battled strong with the Red Raiders in the first two periods, but RHS committed seven penalties in the final 17 minutes and were unable to hold off Sheboygan who charted two goals in the third period. Tyler Sunagel led the Raiders with a hat trick, in which two were power play goals.
Neither team recorded goals in the opening period despite the Red Raiders holding a 11-3 advantage on shots. Sheboygan finally connected at 3:08 in the second period when Sunagel found the back of the net on an assist by Will Falconer.
But Rhinelander's Jake Losch would tie the match up 1-1, scoring with only 29 seconds left in the second period. But from there penalities hurt the Hodags and the Red Raiders took advantage. Both teams combined for 23 penalties for 54 minutes. Sheboygan converted 2-9 on powerplays which proved to be enough to stay ahead of RHS.
Sunagel scored at 4:06 in the final period to put the Raiders ahead by one goal. And with just over five minutes left in the contest, Sunagel struck again, this time on a 4-on-3 power play to extend Sheboygans lead to two goals.
Overall the Red Raiders held at 26-21 edge on shots and Seth Stafford took the loss in goal for Rhinelander, finishing with 23 saves. Maclane Schick earned the win in the net for Sheboygan and recorded 20 saves.
Then on Saturday against Tomahawk, Rhinelander had a slow start but would rally back and scored six unanswered points to come back and win 8-3. The Hatchets would score one goal in each period while RHS scored three goals in the second to go ahead and four in the third to put the game out of reach. The Hodags out-shot Tomahawk 41-16 on the day.
Conor Pequet stated the scoring off for Rhinelander at 7:43 in the first on an assist from Harlan Wojtusik. But Tomahawk answered with back to back goals starting late in the first and 5:50 in the second to take a 2-1 lead. Cody Scholz had the equalizer at 11:26 and Caleb Lund put the Hatchets ahead by one early in the second period.
From there the momentum shifted all to the Hodags who would rally back and score six unanswered goals starting with a goal from Wojtusik at 6:21. Harrison Shinners and Joe Schneider scored late in the second period to put RHS ahead 4-2.
The Hodags continued their scoring streak into the third period including a pair of goals from Wojtusik. His first coming at 6:07 and than Wojtusik completed his hat trick on a short-handed goal at 13:53. Pequet also scored on a powerplay at 9:35. And Tomahawk's Zack Friske broke the scoring streak for Rhinelander and connected with 2:43 left in the contest. But JC Adams had the last goal for the Hodags with only 1:13 left to give RHS a five-goal victory and were able to finish third overall.
Tomahawk went 1-3 on power plays and RHS finished 1-4. Overall the Hodags had a commanding 41-16 advantage on total shots including a 17-3 edge in the second period. Caleb Shefveland earned the win in the net and recorded 13 saves for the Hodags.
Rhinelander will once again take on Tomahawk on Thursday in a Great Northern Conference match up. Face-off is set for 7:00PM at the Rhinelander Ice Arena.
The Rhinelander High School hockey team battled against Great Northern Conference favorite and second ranked (Wisconsin Prep Hockey Coaches Poll) Northland Pines on Thursday night but the Hodags would fade in the third period and fell 12-2 at the Rhinelander Ice Arena. Senior Harmon Marien led the way for the Eagles and charted four goals in the final 17 minutes to help lead Pines to a 10-goal victory.
Northland Pines dominated the opening period, outshooting RHS 27-3 and would jump out to an early 3-0 advantage. Junior Zach Maillette scored a pair of goals in the first period, the first coming at 4:52 and the final on a 5-on-3 power play goal at 13:17. Sophomore Jack Wielhouwer also added a goal at 10:43. Mailette would finish the night with a hat trick as well as four assists.
The Eagles would go on to score four unanswered goals and opened the second period with Maillette scoring within 19-seconds on a power play. But Rhinelander battled and would stay even with Pine in the second period, but was unable to make up ground they lost in the first period. Freshman Jake Losch got the Hodags on the board at 2:15 in the second on an assist behind the net from sophomore Conor Pequet, marking his third goal this year.
Sophomore Harlan Wojtusik would bring Rhinelander back within two, scoring on a power play at 7:47. Wojtusik put one passed junior Brett Wilkins on a pass in the slot from Pequet. It also marked Wojtusik’s eighth goal in three games. But that momentum was short-lived when Pines Riley McGee scored on a power play at 12:06 to put the Eagles ahead 5-2.
Northland Pines would score eight unanswered goals to close the game, included seven in the third period. Marien scored the first three goals in the final 17-minutes including a pair only 18 seconds part starting at 3:39. Marien added a power play goal at 6:10 and another even strength goal at 15:15. Alexander Sternhagen, Brad Snedden, and Hunter Bill all also scored in the third or the Eagles, as they cruised to a 10-goal win.
Rhinelander had seven penalties for 14 minutes, while Northland Pines had three infractions for six minutes. The Eagles were 4-o-7 on power plays, while RHS was 1-of-3. Pines outshot the Hodags 60-22 on the night including an 18-2 edge in the final period. Senior Seth Stafford took the loss and recorded 45 saves, while allowing eight goals. Sophomore Garrett Kulhanek finished the final 10-minutes in goal and recorded two saves but allowed four goals.
Rhinelander is now 2-1-0 overall and 0-1 in the GNC. The Hodags will be back in action tonight when they head to Ashwaubenon tonight. Faceoff has been changed to a 6:30PM.
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