After playing two of their best games of the season a couple of weeks ago in a 5-4 victory over Sparta and a 2-2 tie with Monroe, the Viroqua Blackhawks lost a pair of home games last week by a combined score of 17-0.
Viroqua vs. La Crosse Central/Logan, Feb. 1
The week began with a 7-0 loss to the La Crosse Red Rangers, a co-op team comprised of skaters from Central and Logan high schools. The Red Rangers scored three times in the first period, added two more in the second and three in the final period, while holding the Blackhawks scoreless throughout.
Andrew Kjos led the visitor’s offense with a four-point game, scoring two goals and adding the same number of assists. The Red Rangers (10-8-1) were successful on three of four power play opportunities in the game.
Carter Bergdahl picked up 33 saves against 40 La Crosse shots, while Red Ranger goalie Gunnar Snyder stopped all 15 Viroqua scoring chances.
Viroqua sophomore defenseman Jacob Ellefson was forced to leave the game near the end of the first period with a lower leg injury and did not return.
Viroqua vs. Sauk Prairie, Feb. 3
Just two days later and still playing without Ellefson, the Blackhawks were routed 10-0 by Sauk Prairie. The Eagles grabbed a 3-0 lead at the end of the first period and were held scoreless by the Blackhawks defense and Bergdahl in the second period.
A major five-minute checking from behind penalty on the Blackhawks early in the third period proved disastrous for the home team, as the Eagles took full advantage scoring three consecutive power-play goals to take control and seal the outcome of the game.
The Blackhawks season record slipped to 4-13-1 with the two losses. The Viroqua co-op, comprised of athletes from Westby, Cashton, Youth Initiative and Viroqua high schools, will close out the regular season entertaining Stoughton in a 3 p.m. face-off at the Viroqua Community Arena, Saturday, Feb. 10. WIAA regionals are set to begin Feb. 13.