It took Tomah/Sparta just 64 seconds to register a goal at Chippewa Falls, but it was a scoring drought after that.

The Timberwolves failed to score a goal in the final 50 minutes and dropped a 3-1 decision to the Cardinals in a high school boys hockey contest Dec. 20 at Chippewa Falls Ice Arena.

Tomah’s record fell to 4-3-1, while Chippewa Falls improved to 5-3-1.

Dawson Cruz scored off an assist from Matthew Holtz to give Tomah/Sparta a 1-0 lead at the 1:04 mark. It stayed that way until the final two minutes of the period, when the Cardinals scored two goals in 50 seconds to take a 2-1 lead into the first intermission.

The Timberwolves’ offense produced just 11 shots on goal and were hobbled by 13 penalty minutes during the final two periods.

Tomah/Sparta goaltender Paul Vender made 25 saves in 49 minutes. The Timberwolves played six-on-five with an empty net during the final two minutes.

The Timberwolves will play three games at the Monk’s Cheeseburger Classic Dec. 27-29 at Poppy Waterman Ice Arena in Lake Delton. Tomah’s opening game is Dec. 27 against Wisconsin Rapids starting at 2:30 p.m. The tournament’s other six teams are Greendale, DeForest, Holmen/La Crosse Aquinas, Stoughton, McFarland and Reedsburg/Wisconsin Dells.

Tomah Journal editor Steve Rundio can be reached at steve.rundio@lee.net.

CHIPPEWA FALLS 3 TOMAH/SPARTA 1

Tomah/Sparta;1;0;0−1

Chippewa Falls;2;1;0−3

First period: T/S—Cruz (Holtz) 1:04. C—Lindstrom 15:26. C—Frenette 16:16.

Second period: C -Reeg (Bowe, Bohland) 9:50 (pp).

Saves: T/S—Vender 25. C—Fixmer 15.

Penalties: T/S—6-15. C—4-8.

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

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