The Rhinelander High School boys' hockey team continued their streak to start the 2017-2018 season and would advance to 5-0 overall this season after downing Green Bay United on Friday night. The Hodags earned a convincing 7-0 victory at the Rhinelander Ice Arena to maintain their perfect record and fifth straight win.
After neither team scored in the first period, Rhinelander would rally in the second period and charted four big goals and would tack on another three in the final period. Overall RHS held a 54-7 advantage on total shots on the night.
Leading the way was Bridger Flory and Abe Laggis who scored two goals each in the contest. Brandon Kolasa, Nick Sandstrom, and Freddy Wisner also scored for the Hodags.
Rhinelander recorded their first goal early in the second period, when Danny Zuiker assisted Wisner on his goal at the 2:31 one mark. The Hodags' first goal sparked momentum down the stretch, and Rhinelander continued to find the back of the net. Just minutes later, Laggis added a short-handed goal to put RHS up 2-0.
Midway through the second half, Flory charted his first goal of the night. Defenseman Matthias Schneider assisted Flory, who put one by goalie Bretty Dutkowski to the top shelf to give the Hodags' a three-goal advantage at 9:59. And Laggis would record his second goal of the night at 12:34 and RHS would hold a 4-0 lead after the first two periods.
Rhinelander did not waste anytime adding to their lead in the final period, as Flory charted his second goal within the first minute. Laggis and Wisner assisted Flory’s goal at the 51-second mark.
Only two minutes later, Kolsa would tally a goal to put the Hodags' up 6-0 and pushed the game into a running clock. Sandstrom scored Rhinelander’s final goal at 10:17, as the Hodags’ won five straight.
Rhinelander's goalie Seth Stafford would earn his first shutout of the season and added seven saves in the win.
RHS will be back on the ice on Tuesday, and will travel to Medford. And then the Hodags will host Tomahawk at the Rhinelander Ice Arena on Thursday night for another Great Northern Conference matchup. And will then head to Wisconsin Rapids on Friday night for a non-conference contest.
The Rhinelander High School boys' hockey team advanced to 4-0 overall this season after charting their second Great Northern Conference win on Tuesday night. The Hodags had a strong start and strong finish as they scored three unanswered goals in the third period to earn a 6-3 victory at the Mosinee Rec Center.
In all, six different Hodags scored on the night. RHS raced out to a 3-1 lead in the first period. While the Indians charted one goal in each period, but was not enough as Rhinelander recorded three goals in the first and added three straight in the final period.
The Hodags set the tone early and would score their first goal within the first minute of action. Hunter Hicks scored 54 seconds into the first period and was assisted by Brandon Kolasa and Max Spaulding.
Mosinee's Max Beste responded about four minutes later, as he recorded the Indians’ first goal of the night on an assist by Jared Jacobs to tie the game up 1-1. But after that, it was all Rhinelander to finish the first.
Danny Zuiker scored on a powerplay at 6:22 in the first, after Grant Lindell of Mosinee was called for tripping. Abe Laggis recorded the assist on the go-ahead goal, and Rhinelander would never look back. Cole Spaulding also tacked on a goal with 1:27 left in the opening period, to give RHS a convincing 3-1 lead.
The Indians would score on a powerplay at 12:31 in the second period, as freshman Trey Fitzgerald scored his first goal of the night to bring Mosinee within one at 3-2. But once again the Hodags responded.
Just 2:06 into the final period, Harlan Wojtusik put once past goalie Stanford Swid off Sam Tjugum's second helper of the night to give RHS a 4-2 advantage. Laggis followed with his first varsity goal at 5:01 that Freddy Wisner and Bridger Flory assisted to give RHS their largest lead of the night.
The same three would pair up to score Rhinelander’s final goal by Flory at 14:22 in the third. Wisner and Laggis charted the helpers in their final goal of the night.
Mosinee would record a desperation short-handed goal with just 27-seconds left in the game, but the damage was already done, and the Hodags went on to earn their fourth win this season.
On the night, Rhinelander outshot the Indians 44-15 including a 16-3 advantage in the final period. Seth Stafford charted the win with 12 saves, while Swid of Mosinee took the loss and finished with 38 saves. RHS also converted two of their three power plays in the win.
The Hodags will be back on the ice on Friday night, when they host Green Bay United at the Rhinelander Ice Arena, with faceoff set for 7:00PM. The team will also be having their annual toy drive sponsored by Kindness for Kids.
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