After a disappointing loss to Sparta Tuesday, the Tomah High School boys hockey team bounced back with a pair of nonconference victories.
Tomah traveled to La Crescent (Minnesota) Thursday and defeated La Crescent 3-2 before returning home Saturday to clip the Spooner-based Northwest Iceman 5-2.
The Timberwolves boosted their overall record to 3-5-1. They are 3-1-1 in their last five games.
Tomah coach Todd Kirschbaum said the team regrouped after the Sparta loss.
“The kids responded quite well after a tough loss on Tuesday,” Kirschbaum said. “Practice Wednesday was good, and the attitude going into Thursday’s game was positive.”
A key to defeating La Crescent was staying out of the penalty box. Neither team committed a penalty after the first period, and Kirschbaum said the Timberwolves benefited from long stretches of five-on-five skating.
“The game had a good flow, which allowed us to stay out of the penalty box and skate to our potential,” he said. “Not playing shorthanded helps this team out a lot.”
Seven Tomah different skaters had a goal or an assist.
Sam Peterson was the winning goaltender with 19 saves.
The Timberwolves’ offense got off to a fast start Saturday. First period goals by Boone Mathison, Jagger Hammer and Wade Miller gave Tomah a 3-0 lead heading into the second period, and the advantage went to 5-1 after Dylan Alden and Dalton Prielipp scored goals within 33 seconds of each other early in the second period.
Tomah committed just one penalty.
Peterson and Gavin Hammer shared the goaltending duties and combined to make 16 saves.
Tomah returns to action Friday with a trip to Baldwin-Woodville and then plays three games in the Wisconsin Dells Tournament Dec. 27-29.
TOMAH 3 LA CRESCENT 2
Tomah 1 2 0−3
La Crescent 0 1 1−2
First period: T—Arity (Miller, Hausman) 12:38 (pp).
Second period: T—Mathison (Nick, J. Hammer) 2:06. L—Hackworth (Boudreau) 4:32. T—Alden (Arity) 6:54.
Third period: L—Holzer (Boudreau, Hackworth) 10:45.
Saves: T—Peterson 19. L—Christianson 38.
Penalties: T 1-2. L—1-2.
TOMAH 5 NORTHWEST 2 First period: T—Mathison (Pierce) 1:36. T—J. Hammer (Prielipp, Nick) 15:33 (pp). T—Miller (Prielipp, Arity) 16:56.
Second period: N—Brimblecom 1:56 (pp). T—Alden (J. Hammer, Nick) 2:44. T—Prielipp (Ollendick) 3:17). N—Anderson (Boe) 13:25.
Saves: N—Ferguson 10, Becker 15. T—Peterson 13, G. Hammer 3.
Penalties: N—5-13, T—1-2.