Four Advance to Boys Hockey Semifinals



Thursday, March 1, 2018

Four Advance to Boys Hockey Semifinals

Four teams remain in contention for the State title with quarterfinal wins in the 2018 State Boys Hockey Tournament Thursday at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Madison, Wis.

 Top-seeded and defending champion Hudson (26-1-1) defeated the St. Mary’s Springs Co-op (21-5-2) 7-1 in its quarterfinal match-up. The Raiders outshot the Ledgers 38-10 in the game.

Hudson scored twice in the first period on goals by Cole Danielson and Bennett Schrank. Joe Martin scored the first of three Raiders’ goals in the second period. Aaron Squires scored twice in the period to give Hudson a 5-0 advantage before the Ledgers got on the board with a goal by Dawson Sarauer.

The Raiders added insurance in the third period with a goal by Carter Maack and Danielson’s second score of the game.

Alex Cohen made nine saves in goal for the Raiders and was also credited with an assist. Colin Ahern made 31 save for the Ledgers.

Hudson will play Verona (20-3-3) in the semifinals after the Wildcats skated past fourth-seeded Notre Dame (18-7-2) with a 4-1 victory. 

Brockston Baker opened the scoring for Verona in the first period, and Mack Keryluk extended the Wildcats’ lead to 2-0 with the lone goal of the second period. The Tritons cut the lead in half early in the third period on a goal by Bryce Poshak. However, Baker netted his second goal of the game with under seven minutes to play in the game, and Keryluk scored his second goal of the game on an empty-netter in the final two minutes to complete the scoring.

Garhett Kaegi made 29 stops in goal for the Wildcats, and Bo Buckley made 20 saves for the Tritons.

Second-seeded Eau Claire Memorial (24-2) advances to the semifinals with a 6-2 win over West Salem/Bangor (20-8). 

Ben Zacho scored the first of his two goals of the game midway through the first period to give the Old Abes a 1-0 advantage. Brenden Olson record the first of his two goals four minutes later to give Memorial a 2-0 by the end of the first period.

The Old Abes added a goal in the second period when Max Savaloja found the back of the net. Memorial went up 4-0 on a score by Justin Karnitz before the Panthers were able to break into the scoring column. Jack Gorniak scored with 10 minutes left to play in the game. Olson then scored his second goal of the evening with under four minutes to play to increase the Old Abe’s lead to 5-1. 

Matt Bigley added the second goal for the Panthers with just over three minutes to play in the game, but the game was already decided. Zacho added his second goal of the game with under 30 seconds to play to close out the scoring.

Trevor Hudecek was credited with the win in goal for the Old Abes with 20 saves before being relieved by Nick Schultz. Adam Helgeson made 22 saves for West Salem/Bangor.

The Old Abes will play the third-seeded Waukesha North Co-op (21-4-3), which edged D.C. Everest (19-7-2) 3-2 in double overtime in the final game of the day. 

The Wings’ Kevin Broda scored the game-winning goal at 1:37 into the second overtime.

The Evergreens struck first with a goal by Ryan Begley in the first period, but Griffin Nickerson scored the first of his two goals of the game for the Wings to even the score at 1-1 within the first minute of the second period. 

A power-play goal by Davis Hackbarth midway through the third period gave the Evergreens a 2-1 lead, but Nickerson scored on a power play for his second goal of the contest less than three minutes later to tie the game at 2-2. 

Both teams were scoreless in the first overtime to set up Broda’s heroics. Garrett Larsen made 27 stops in goal for the Wings, and Michael Janke recorded 28 saves for the Evergreens.

Action resumes Friday at 10 a.m. with the first semifinal of the17th Girls State Hockey Tournament. The boys semifinals session will begin at 4 p.m.

#1 Hudson (26-1-1) 7, St. Mary's Springs Co-op (21-5-2)  1 STATS
#4 Verona (20-3-3) 4, Notre Dame (18-7-2) 4, Verona (20-4-3) 1 STATS
#2 Eau Claire Memorial (24-2-2) 6, West Salem/Bangor (20-6) 2 STATS
#3 Waukesha North Co-op (21-4-3) 3, D.C. Everest (19-7-2)  2 (2 OT) STATS


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