The Cranberry Cup has returned to Tomah.

Tomah won a 14-round shootout at Black River Falls to claim the Cranberry Cup after the two teams skated to a 3-3 tie Friday at Lunda Ice Center in Black River Falls.

The game will officially go down as a tie, but a shootout was still conducted to establish ownership of the cup, which goes to Tomah for the first time in four years.

“The game in Black River was a lot of fun,” Tomah coach Todd Kirschbaum said. “Playing for the Cranberry Cup and then going to a shootout added to the night.”

Tomah’s first two shooters, Boone Mathison and Jagger Hammer, scored goals in the scheduled five-round shootout. Black River Falls scored with its third and fourth shooters, Jacob Meek and Jacob Kuhnle, before goaltenders Sam Peterson of Tomah and Lance Muir of Black River Falls both stopped nine straight shots.

Tomah scored with Brady Fisher in the 14th round, and Peterson stopped his 10th straight to give Tomah the cup. The Timberwolves were one round away from using all 15 of their available skaters and would have started over with Mathison. Two Tomah skaters, Cahill Arity and Wade Miller, were injured earlier in the game.

Prior to the shootout, Black River Falls erased a 3-1 deficit with two goals in the final 8 ½ minutes. The Tigers maintained their momentum in the eight-minute overtime, but Peterson kept the match deadlocked by making eight saves.

Tomah returned home Tuesday and lost a 7-1 decision to Onalaska in a Mississippi Valley Conference contest. Mathison scored Tomah’s only goal, and Peterson made 50 saves.

“The team has been like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde for the past two games,” Kirschbaum said. “At Black River we had a great work ethic and attitude. Then against Onalaska we came out with no energy at all.”

The Timberwolves were assigned the ninth seed in the 11-team WIAA Onalaska Sectional and travel to eighth-seed DeForest for a regional semifinal Tuesday, Feb. 13 starting at 8 p.m. The winner advances to the regional final Feb. 15 at top-seeded Onalaska.

TOMAH 3 BLACK RIVER FALLS 3

Tomah 1 0 2 0−3

Black River Falls 0 1 2 0−3

First period: T—Ollendick (Arity) 6:10 (pp).

Second period: B—Zukowski (Berry) 3:20.

Third period: T—Mathison :22 (pp). T—Mathison (Nick) 5:35. B—Meek (Engebretson) 8:41. B—Engebretson (Collins) 14:05.

Saves: T—Peterson 44. B—Muir 49.

Penalties: T 7-14. B 6-12.

ONALASKA 7 TOMAH 1

Onalaska 3 2 2−7

Tomah 0 1 0−1

First period: O—Dirks (Weber, Lass) 8:45. O—Duren (Mason, Weber) 8:53. O—Walz (Weiner) 14:56.

Second period: O—Mason :39. T—Mathison (Ollendick) 3:42. O—Dirks (Lass) 14:25.

Third period: O—Degaetano (Mason) 6:03. O—Dirks (Gargano) 9:50.

Saves: O—Weiner 17. T—Peterson 50.

Penalties: O 1-2. T 3-6.

MVC BOYS HOCKEY

(Final 2017-18 standings)

Aquinas/Holmen 7-1-0

Onalaska 7-1-0

Central/Aquinas 3-4-1

Sparta 2-6-0

Tomah 0-7-1

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Tomah Journal editor

Steve Rundio is editor of the Tomah Journal. Contact him at 608-374-7785.

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