RICE LAKE — The Chi-Hi boys hockey team bounced back from its first defeat of the season to top Rice Lake 6-3 on Thursday evening in a Big Rivers Conference contest.
Chi-Hi (4-1, 2-0) scored three times in the third period to break open a contest that the Cardinals led 3-2 to start the final period.
Jack Schimmel scored the first two goals of the game for the Cardinals, opening the scoring with a power play goal 6:20 into the first period on an assist from Tate Brisky. Following a Rice Lake goal, Schimmel gave the team the lead back at the 12:32 mark with a score on an assist from Bryce Elkin.
Tyler Bohland found the net on an unassisted goal 1:12 into the second to help the Cardinals take the lead into the third. Sawyer Bowe, AJ Schemenauer and Isaac Lindstrom each scored in the final period to give the Cardinals some breathing room. Bowe scored the team’s third power play goal of the night on an assist from Couper Fosvik and Lucas Steinmetz at the 8:26 mark. About five minutes later Schemenauer tallied an unassisted goal, a score that Lindstrom quickly followed nine seconds later with one of his own with help from Schemenauer.
The goals for Bowe and Schemenauer were their first at the varsity level and came at a big point in the contest for the Cardinals.
“Winning in Rice Lake is difficult. We our played our best game of the year so far,” Chi-Hi coach Scott Parker said. “The kids should be proud of the way they played.”
Jaden Hoople made 25 saves between the pipes for the Cardinals, including 10 apiece in the second and third period to help the Cardinals maintain the lead.
Chi-Hi returns to action on Tuesday at Eau Claire Memorial.
McDonell 68, Thorp 58
At McDonell, a big first half proved to be the difference for the Macks in a Western Cloverbelt Conference win over the Cardinals.
McDonell grabbed a 34-24 lead heading into halftime before the two teams played to a second-half stalemate, finishing the win for the Macks.
Cory Hoglund and Charlie Bleskachek both scored 18 points for McDonell. Hayden Baughman and Joey Huffcutt added 13 and 12 points for the Macks, respectively.
Ethan Reis led Thorp with 16 points. Reece Drost and Ryan Jacque both had 13 points for the Cardinals
McDonell (4-0, 2-0) will play Prescott in the Northwest Tipoff Classic on Saturday at UW-Stout. Thorp (1-2, 0-2) will also be in action on Saturday, facing Onalaska Luther in the Northwest Tipoff Classic.
Bloomer 54, Cumberland 40
At Cumberland, Payton Dachel helped guide the Blackhawks to a season-opening win over the Beavers.
The senior scored 16 points for Bloomer, and the Blackhawks got help in the form of nine points from Masen Miller and eight apiece from Aaron Price, Johnny Bleskachek and Bradley Sarauer.
Bloomer outscored Cumberland 31-23 in the first half and 23-17 in the second half.
Bloomer (1-0) will participate in the Northwest Tipoff Classic on Saturday at UW-Stout facing Elk Mound.
Cadott 56, Stanley-Boyd 45
At Stanley, Cadott’s three-headed attack of Mason Poehls, Matt Drilling and Michael Emery powered the Hornets to a Western Cloverbelt Conference victory.
Poehls led Cadott with 15 points, and Drilling and Emery both added 11 to propel the Hornets to the win. Garret Roth added seven points.
LJ Schmelzer led Stanley-Boyd with 15 points, while Theo Chwala scored 11 and Brandon Herrick scored nine.
Both Cadott (4-1, 1-1) and Stanley-Boyd (1-2, 0-2) play in the Northwest Tipoff Classic at UW-Stout on Saturday. The Hornets face Plum City/Elmwood and the Orioles take on Unity.
New Auburn 59, Lac Courte Oreilles 54
At Hayward, the Trojans topped the Eagles in nonconference play.
Dylan North scored 23 points, Travis Buss added 11 and Logan Huset finished with 10 points for the Trojans (2-1).
New Auburn 65, Lac Courte Oreilles 25
At Hayward, New Auburn got big performances from several players to beat the Eagles in nonconference play.
Nadia Rada scored 13 points, Zoey Rada added 12 and Christina Gordon poured in 10 for the Trojans. Anna Koteras and Azanie Hoege both scored eight points apiece.
New Auburn raced out to a 31-10 lead at halftime, giving them plenty of breathing room to work with in the second half.
New Auburn (1-3) hosts Flambeau on Tuesday.
Black River Falls 2, Chi-Hi/Menomonie 0
At Black River Falls, the Tigers scored goals in the second and third periods to defeat Chi-Hi/Menomonie in nonconference play.
Black River Falls’ Reghan Yourell scored on a power play a little over eight minutes into the second period, and Kaytlin Johnson padded the lead with a shorthanded goal 7:22 into the third period.
Haley Frank made 24 saves in net for Chi-Hi/Menomonie (0-4-0).
Cadott 45, Neillsville/Greenwood/Loyal 29
At Cadott, the Hornets won nine out of 14 matchups to defeat Neillsville/Greenwood/Loyal in a Cloverbelt Conference dual.
Mitchell Hazard (120), Brady Spaeth (152) and Bennett Bowe (160) all won their matches by pinfall for Cadott.
Huntar Kruckeberg (113) defeated Kaden Horn in a 6-5 decision, Steven Pfeiffer (145) beat Tommy Friemoth by 8-2 decision and James Pfeiffer (170) topped Jesse Buchanan in a 9-4 decision for the Hornets.
Cadott won three matches by forfeit.
The Hornets travel to Eau Claire North for an invitational on Saturday.
Ladysmith 65, Bloomer/ Colfax 10
At Ladysmith, Bloomer/Colfax fell in a Heart O’ North Conference dual against the Lumberjacks.
Trey Hovde (126) and Mitchel Harmon (145) were the two Bloomer/Colfax wrestlers to win their matches. Hovde beat Zach Jenness by 11-2 major decision and Harmon beat Billy Niles by way of pinfall.
Bloomer/Colfax will participate in an invitational at Eau Claire North on Saturday.
Stanley-Boyd/Owen- Withee 54, Cornell/Gilman/Lake Holcombe 12
At Gilman, the Orioles topped the Wolfpack in a nonconference dual.
Stanley-Boyd/Owen-Withee’s Blaine Brenner and Preston Potzczek each won by pinfall. Cornell/Gilman/Lake Holcombe’s Spencer Kraus won by pinfall at 152 pounds while Zach Person and Sam Pickerign each picked up decision victories.
The Orioles also won seven matchups by forfeit.