The young Viroqua cooperative boys hockey team completed a grueling stretch of five games in 10 days, four of which were on the road, last week with a pair of losses.
Viroqua vs. BRF
The Blackhawks engaged in a seesaw battle with host Black River Falls through the first two periods, trailing by just a 3-2 margin, before the Tigers took control, scoring three goals in the final period to defeat the Blackhawks 6-2. The game was played at the Milt Lunda Ice Arena, Tuesday, Dec. 5.
The Blackhawks held a 1-0 lead at the end of the first period on an unassisted goal by freshman forward Tyson Menzinski (Cashton High School) at 7:14 of the period and a perfect 20-for-20 save performance for goaltender Carter Bergdahl (Westby High School). BRF tied the game at 1-1 at 6:42 of the second period, and took a 2-1 lead eight minutes later at 14:36. The Blackhawks (1-4-1) would answer to tie the score at 2-2 just 14 seconds later, on the second goal of the season by freshman Jake Krause, off an assist from Jason Mischler.
Only 27 seconds after Krause’s game-tying goal, the Tigers (3-3) regained the lead at 3-2 on the first of their three power play goals. BRF put the game away with three goals in the final period including two more power play scores, the last coming with just eight seconds left on the game clock.
Bergdahl turned in another solid performance recording 57 saves against 63 shots, while Tiger net-minder Lance Muir Jr. stopped 18 of 20 Viroqua shots. The Blackhawks created 13 first period shots on goal, but could muster just seven more over the final two periods. Jacob Meek led the Tigers with a three-goal hat-trick.
Viroqua vs. Tomah
The Blackhawks fell victim to the pain of too many penalties in a 6-0 loss to the Timberwolves in Tomah, Thursday, Dec. 7. Six different Viroqua skaters were whistled for 10 penalties in the contest totaling 31 penalty minutes.
Tomah converted on three power play chances, scoring two goals in each period.
“Penalties really hurt us,” said Viroqua coach Kyle Hall. “I believe Tomah is a team we can play with, we have to find a way to work harder, play together as a team and not take shifts off.”
Viroqua skaters produced a total of just 16 shots on goal in the game, meanwhile Bergdahl recorded 48 saves against 54 Tomah shots. Viroqua saw their season record slip to 1-5-1, while Tomah improved to 1-4-1.