The Washington County Ice Squirt B team sealed the WCYHA Squirt B Invitational Championship with a 3-2 victory over Oregon. The team took 22 out of a possible 28 round robin points to win the championship.
They opened the tournament with a 2-2 draw against the eventual 2nd place Ozaukee Ice Dogs team. Alex Peterson opened the scoring for the Ice in the 1st period with an unassisted shorthanded goal. The Ice Dogs bounced back with their own shorty in the 1st and another goal in the 2nd period to take a 2-1 lead. Tryton Yamaguchi got the equalizer at the 8 minute mark of the 3rd with assists by Camden Luedtke and Odin Klebba.
The Ice’s next two games showed a dominant team effort with shut-out victories over the Rockford Roadrunners 5-0 and SHAW Timberwolves 6-0. In each game the Ice earning all 7 possible points.
Against Rockford, the 1st period was bookended by goals from Landon Edwards (assisted by Chris Petersen at 1:55) and Tyler Bartz (unassisted at 10:24). Keeping the pressure on, Landon returned the favor and assisted on Chris Peterson’s first goal of the game at the 8 minute mark. Tryton got on the scoreboard a minute into the 3rd (assisted by Alex Peterson) while Chris closed out the scoring (assisted by Odin) at 7:24 of the 3rd.
In the Saturday afternoon game, the Ice continued their dominant defensive effort against the Timberwolves. The forwards for the Ice swarmed the offensive zone scoring 3 goals in the 1st period: Ben Elgersma (assist to Odin), Landon, and Tryton (assisted by Odin and Landon). Odin Klebba netted the next two goals, unassisted in the 2nd and with a helper to Camden in the 3rd. Alex Peterson closed the scoring in the 3rd period.
The Sunday game found the Ice pushed to the limit as Oregon came out skating hard and kept the pressure on for all 3 periods outshooting the Ice 20-12. A superb goaltending effort by Maura Farrell kept the score even until Camden Luedtke buried a feed from Tyler Bartz with 8 seconds left in the 1st period to give the Ice a 1-0 lead. Odin got his third goal of the tournament early in the 2nd period – but the Panthers answered with their own goal later in the 2nd to split the period. The Ice answered with their final tally early in the 3rd on Camden’s second goal of the game (assisted by Tryton Yamaguchi). The Panthers kept up attacking and were able to pull within one of the Ice. But the Ice held on for a 3-2 victory.
Congratulations to all the players and coaches on a strong performance.