THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. — The Chi-Hi boys hockey team used a big second period to grab a 5-1 win in tournament play over Fort Frances, Ontario, in Minnesota on Thursday.
Chi-Hi (6-3-1) scored three goals in the second period to build an insurmountable lead. The Cardinals got two goals from Lucas Steinmetz in the period.
Isaac Frenette opened the scoring for Chi-Hi in the first period off before Steinmetz scored back-to-back goals in the second. Tate Brisky added a score for the Cardinals late in the second period to give Chi-Hi a 4-0 lead.
Jon Busch scored for Fort Frances in the third period, but Isaac Lindstrom pushed Chi-Hi’s lead back to four with a goal with 3:15 left to play.
The Cardinals face Crookston, Minnesota, at 10:30 a.m. on Friday.
Chi-Hi third at Baraboo
At Baraboo, the Cardinals finished third at a triangular.
Chi-Hi had two event victories and five second-place finishes. Zach Topritzhofer swam to victory in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of five minutes, 19.16 seconds and Ian Olson won the 100 breaststroke in 1:05.36.
Topritzhofer (200 freestyle), Cooper Porzondek (100 freestyle) and Alan Fox (100 backstroke) each took second individually while the 200 medley relay team of Fox, Olson, Jack Metza and Matt Blake and the 200 freestyle relay unit of Metza, Olson, Topritzhofer and Porzondek were each runner-up as well.
“We are in the midst of winter training and so it was great to have a meet instead of two practices,” Chi-Hi coach Nicholas Hora said. “I always tell the boys they can swim fast when they are tired, and they did that tonight. I told them to focus on one race at a time and that it won’t always be perfect, but to post some fast times. Not every swim was the best but the little things were done better than usual and that’s a great building point going into the new year.”
Baraboo won the meet with a score of 194 while the Cardinals took third with 169.
Chi-Hi 49, West De Pere 45
At Wisconsin Dells, Chi-Hi overcame a halftime deficit to get a second win in tournament play this week.
The Cardinals trailed 25-24 going into the break, but outscored the Phantoms 25-20 in the second half to grab a nonconference victory.
Nick Bruder led all scorers with 16 points, including three 3-pointers. Tyler Robarge added 12 points for Chi-Hi, and Bryce Daniels scored 10.
Jake Karchinski led West De Pere with 15 points.
Chi-Hi (7-3) travels to Holmen next Thursday.
Janesville Parker 64, Chi-Hi 52
At Wisconsin Dells, Chi-Hi couldn’t keep up with the Vikings in its tournament opener.
Parker got 25 points from Julia Hartwig, who was the game’s leading scorer.
The Vikings led 36-28 at half, and held serve in the second half to ride out the victory. Parker made eight 3-pointers in the win.
Caelan Givens led Chi-Hi with 16 points. Aaliyah McMillan scored 11 and Alexis Zenner added 10. Ashley Hanley had nine points for the Cardinals.
Chi-Hi (5-3) faces Neenah in tournament action on Friday at 11 a.m.
Flambeau 76, Stanley-Boyd 39
At Tony, the unbeaten Falcons stayed that way with a win over the Orioles.
Arianna Mason led Stanley-Boyd (6-3) with 19 points.
Jordan Ludescher was the high scorer in the game with 25 points for Flambeau (8-0).
Stanley-Boyd hosts Osseo-Fairchild on Jan. 4.
Gilmanton 56, Cornell 31
At Gilmanton, the Chiefs fell to the Panthers in a nonconference matchup.
Danielle Fasbender scored 10 points to lead Cornell (3-5).
Kaitlyn Johnson led all scorers with 12 points for Gilmanton (3-4).
Cornell hosts Greenwood on Tuesday.
Several country wrestlers perfect on first day of Northern Badger
At River Falls, several Chippewa County wrestlers had unbeaten starts on the first day of the Northern Badger Classic.
Cadott’s Nelson Wahl (126 pounds), Andrew Gunderson (138), Brady Spaeth (152) and James Pfeiffer (160) each went 2-0 on Thursday to advance to Friday’s quarterfinals. Steven Pfeiffer (145) and Ethan Tegels (182) were 2-1 in three matches.
Bloomer/Colfax’s Sawyer Best (120) and Mitchel Harmon (138) also won both of their matches while Ike Kramschuster (126) won two of three matchups.
Cornell/Gilman’s Sam Pickerign (120) and Zach Person (152) were unbeaten in their first two matches while Spencer Kraus (138) and Bryce Nichols (220) are 2-1 after the first day of action.
The Hornets (69 points) are third among Division 3 teams with Clear Lake (75) in first. Cornell/Gilman (55) is sixth in Division 2 as St. Croix Falls (95) leads the way and Bloomer/Colfax (26) is 13th in Division 1 where River Falls (92.5) is out front.