The Menomonie boys hockey team put a win in the books Tuesday as they defeated the Regis/Altoona/McDonell co-op at Hobbs Altoona Sports Center in their season opener.
Menomonie scored two goals in the first period and another in the second to take a 3-0 lead. Though the Saints got into a third period rhythm, scoring four goals, the Mustangs canceled each of those goals out with four of their own.
Menomonie’s Carter Davidson opened up the season with an even strength goal at 6:26 in the first period. He was assisted by Zach Demarce. The Mustangs’ second goal of the first period was scored by Cole Mensing (10:50), with an assist from Davidson.
Kaleb Miller scored the only goal of the second period, with assists by Davidson and Dietrich Heim.
Menomonie’s Konner Rowan started scoring off in the third period with an even strength goal at 3:25, with an assist by Miller. The Saints got on the board with a goal at 6:34, only to be answered by Demarce one minute later, with assists from Mensing and Nate Frank.
The Saints scored the next two goals to make it 5-3, but the Mustangs again canceled both of those out with two of their own, both unassisted goals scored by Ryan Sisko and Demarce. The final goal of the game belonged to the Saints on a power play.
Jacob Brown tended goal for Menomonie, making 30 saves.
The Mustangs head to Amery for a 2-day tournament Friday and Saturday, then begin conference play Thursday in Chippewa Falls.
Onalaska 4, Chi-Hi/Menomonie 1
The Chi-Hi/Menomonie co-op hockey team dropped their season opener to Onalaska Tuesday at the Omni Center.
CF/M’s Kaylee Frenette opened up scoring just 22 seconds into the second period on a power play with an assist from Lexy Dresel. Onalaska rallied to score all four of their points in the second period.
CF/M’s goaltender Haley Frank made 24 saves, including 11 in the first period, 12 in the second and five in the third.
Chi-Hi/Menomonie returns after the holiday break to host the Superior Spartans Tuesday at Chippewa Falls Ice Arena. They head back on the road Friday to take on the Sun Prairie Co-op.
Elk Mound 43, Bloomer 33
The Mounders are 2-0 after defeating the Blackhawks (0-1) Tuesday at Bloomer High School.
A strong first half performance from the Mounders lifted them to a 22-13 lead at halftime. Though Bloomer made improvements in the second half, adding 20 points to Elk Mound’s 21, it wasn’t enough to climb out of the hole created in the first half.
Elk Mound’s Ashley Gunderson-Morris led the Mounder’s in scoring with 16 points while Morgan Radtke followed just behind with 15. Crista Sweeney added four points while Hannah Cedarblade and Madysen Borofka each put up three points apiece.
The Mounders will host their next four games, starting with St. Croix Central on Monday, followed by Durand on Tuesday, Dec. 5, Boyceville Friday Dec. 8 and Baldwin-Woodville Monday, Dec. 11.
Hudson 54, Colfax 38
The Vikings (1-2) will look to bounce back next week after dropping to the Raiders (1-0) Tuesday at Hudson High School. The loss was their second consecutive loss after losing to Hayward (1-0) 58-21 last Friday.
Colfax held their own in the first half, trailing by just six points at halftime, but Hudson outscored them 28-18 in the second half to secure the victory.
Savannah Henricks topped the scoreboard for the Vikings with eight points, while Morgan Schleusner and Emma Hurlburt followed with six. Alyssa Dachel scored five points and Jayna Bowe and Rachel Scharlau added four points each.
Coach Joe Doucette says both losses will be taken as learning experience.
“Both Hayward and Hudson are big athletic teams and we really struggled with their ball pressure and physicality,” he said. “But this is why we are playing a tough schedule, to test us and find some weaknesses that need work.”
The Vikings will have nearly two weeks to make the proper improvements before diving into conference play at Boyceville on Tuesday, Dec. 5, followed by a home matchup against Spring Valley on Friday, Dec. 8.
Baldwin-Woodville 63, Boyceville 42
The Bulldogs (0-1) opened up the 2017-18 season with a hard-fought loss to the Blackhawks (1-1) Tuesday at Baldwin-Woodville High School.
Boyceville struggled offensively in the first half, trailing 26-14 at halftime and providing a large gap to close in the second half. While their production greatly increased in the second half and scoring 28 points, it was not enough to overcome a skilled Blackhawk offense.
Rachel Prestrud led scoring for the Bulldogs with seven points. She went 2-for-7 from the field and made three of her four free throws. She shot 0-for-5 from the arc. Taylor Grambow added six points on the night, while Tyra Kostman contributed five points.
The Bulldogs get back into action when they host Clear Lake on Tuesday, followed by Turtle Lake on Thursday.
Ellsworth 65, Colfax 59
The Vikings fought tooth and nail to overcome a 12-point first half deficit, but just could not get over the hump during their 2017-18 season opener Tuesday against the Panthers at Ellsworth High School.
Colfax’s George Scharlau was on fire, ending the night with 30 points; shooting 9-for-14 from the field, 4-for-9 from the arc and 8-for-11 from the free throw line. He tallied six rebounds, one assist, three turnovers, one steal and one block before fouling out.
Treyton Teige ended the night with 12 points, including five 2-pointers and two 3-pointers. Jackson Hellmann contributed seven points while Noah Albricht added five, Marcus Reisdorf had three and Luke Heidorn scored two points.
“It was the best team basketball that we have played in a long time,” coach Garrett Maas said. “I was really happy with our team chemistry and how our kids kept fighting all game.”
The Vikings return to action Tuesday to host their home-game opener against Thorp, then have the rest of the week off before hitting the road to take on McDonell Central on Monday, Dec. 4.