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RHS Hockey falls 7-1 to Pines
By Hodagsports.com Staff - Posted on 01/18/2017
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On Tuesday, the Rhinelander High School boys' hockey team fell 7-1 on the road against Northland Pines. The Eagles went for five straight goals including two goals in the first and three goals in both the second and third at the Eagle River Sports Arena for the Great Northern Conference win.

Rhinelander fell to 2-7-0 overall and remaining without a GNC win at 0-6-0. While the Eagles soared to 8-1-0 in the GNC and are 9-7-0 overall. Tyler Hunt and Harmon Marien each recorded two goals on the night to lead Pines.

Marien got the scoring started for the Eagles at 1:22 on an assist from Gunnar Schiffmann and Tucker Wittkopf. And about 10 minutes later Jack Brown tacked on another Eagle goal on an assist from Hunt. Pines would take an early 2-0 lead after the first period.

Wouldn't take the Eagles long to add another goal, as they scored within the first 19 seconds of the second, marking Marien's first goal of the night. Hunt also put up his first goal at 8:09 to give Pines a convincing 5-0 advantage.

The Hodags finally broke Pines scoring, with a goal of their own at the 9:50 mark in the second. Freddy Wisner connected on the unassisted goal to put RHS on the board, but they were still down by four. It also would prove to be RHS’s lone goal of the night.

Rhinelander had opportunities to tack on another after Schiffmann was called for a check from behind, but RHS couldn't convert on the five-minute power play. On the night, the Hodags were 0 for 4 on powerplays and has been a struggle all season.

In the final frame, Joe Maillette and Hunt each added a goal to put Pines ahead by six. The Eagles would hold on to earn the 7-1 win. Pines finished the night with 45 shots on goal. While Rhinelander had their fair share of chances and put up 30 shots on goal. Freshman Seth Stafford would finish the night with 38 saves.

Rhinelander will have a busy schedule to finish out the week which will begin on Thursday on the road at Kingsford, Michigan. And on Friday RHS will take on Medford in Merrill in a tournament, which will also be their makeup GNC contest. And the Hodags will conclude the week on Saturday in the second day of the Merrill tournament.

RHS rallies past Robins in overtime
By Hodagsports.com Staff - Posted on 01/18/2017
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The Rhinelander High School boys' basketball was able to get an important road win in overtime against Antigo on Tuesday night. The Hodags would hold on to earn a 68-61 Great Northern Conference win over the Robins at Sheldon Fieldhouse.

The last time the rivals met, Rhinelander was stunned in a WIAA Division 2 regional semifinals, as the Robins stalled their way to a last second three-pointer from guard Matt Ardnt. This time the Hodgas wouldn't let that affect their play and battled to pull off the victory. 
Owen White would lead Rhinelander with 26 points, but was held to only two points in the first half; after missing his first seven shots from the field. With just over two minutes left in the first, White drove and scored inside to tie the game up at 23-23. White would rally for 24 points after the break and would add 16 rebounds as well.

But the Hodags were patient and continue to work for good shots and they started to fall. White connected on the first jumper in the second half. He would later rally for 12 straight individual points to put RHS up 41-40 with just over four minutes left in regulation. 

The Robins would capitalize on their chances down the stretch, as Ardnt hit back to back triples to get within four at 53-49. He would then hit a jumper from the right wing with about 23 seconds left to pull within three.

Rhinelander had two rare turnovers nearing the end of regulation, and Antigo would build on those to push back. With 8.6 seconds left Arndt was fouled on a triple and would ice all three attempts to the tie the game up. Reese Flores would get off a baseline shot, but missed the mark putting the game into overtime.

It wouldn't take Antigo long to score in overtime, as Arndt was fouled and connected on two free throws in just 15 seconds. The Robins would take the two-point lead, but Flores responded with a reverse layup to even the score.

But White couldn't be stopped and would connect on back to back scores to give the Hodags a four-point lead with just over a minute left. 

Drew Schwarz of the Robins would knock down a clutch triple with 1:09 left to pull Antigo with one. But Rhinelander kept their composure  and Junior Howard drained an elbow jump shot with just under 30 seconds left. 

Antigo was forced to foul to regain offensive possessions, and Brad Quade and White each hit both of their free throws to extend the lead and help RHS to a seven-point GNC win. 

Arndt would lead Antigo on the night with 20 points and Schwarz would add 16 as the Robins fell to 3-3 in the conference. Hunter Bolson also finished in double digits for Antigo, with 10.

After White, Howard had a solid night with 10 points and Flores finished with nine. Brad Comer also chipped in eight points in the win. The Hodags are now 2-1 in GNC play and 5-3 overall

Rhinelander will be back on the court on Friday night, as the Hodags host a doubleheader with the girls' and boys' varsity against Lakeland. Tip off for the girls' game is scheduled for 6:00PM at the Jim Miazga Community Gymnasium, with the boys' game to follow at 7:45PM.

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