BOYS HOCKEY: Hodags lead early, before Eagles soar in final two periods
RHS falls to 0-3 in GNC
STAR JOURNAL REPORT
A pair of goals by Dylan Roeser early in the first period was all the scoring the Rhinelander High School varsity boys hockey team could generate at home Thursday night.
Northland Pines tallied six unanswered goals in the final two periods to defeat the Hodags, 6-2, at the Rhinelander Ice Arena.
Roeser’s first goal came 1:28 into the game on an assist by Tait Spencer before tallying another even-strength goal at 2:14 assisted by Sam Tjugum to give the Hodags a 2-0 lead.
“Two very good shots,” said RHS head coach M.J. Laggis.
The Eagles were on the power play 1:45 into the second period when they got on the scoreboard with a goal from Jack Rhode assisted by Jack Brown. Brown tied the game at 2-2 when he scored unassisted less than two minutes later. Northland Pines then took the lead at 6:18 of the second period when Jacob Czarapata scored assisted by Tucker Wittkopf and Kevin John.
Shots on goals in the second period favored the Eagles, 14-5
Northland Pines added three more goals in the third period with Brady Snedden scoring shorthanded on an assist by Rhode at 6:35 and the two even-strength goals coming after the 12-minute mark from Gunnar Schiffmann and Rhode.
“We did have opportunities in the third period, but were unable to capitalize,” Laggis said.
Seth Stafford made 29 saves in a losing effort in goal for the Hodags. Ethan Polich stopped 13 of 15 shots to record the win in net for the Eagles.
RHS, which dropped to 0-3 in the Great Northern Conference and 1-3 overall, returns to action Tuesday with a home game against Marshfield.
“We are going to continue to grow and improve as a group,” Laggis said.
Eagles 6, Hodags 2
Eagles 0 3 3 – 6
Hodags 2 0 0 – 2