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Washington County Squirt B Win Waunakee Wildcat Classic

02/26/2015, 8:30am CST
By Paul McAughey

Washington County Squirt B Win Waunakee Wildcat Classic

The Washington County Ice Squirt B team traveled to Waunakee and faced a strong field to capture the 2015 Waunakee Wildcat Classic Championship. All 3 teams that faced off against the Ice are State Tournament bound (two at D1, 1 at D2). 

The first game was against the host, Waunakee B.  It was a close, hard fought game with Camden Luedtke opening the scoring with 1:40 left in the first (assisted by Tryton Yamaguchi).  The 2nd period was a classic defensive performance by the Ice that resulted in no shots on goal by the Wildcats – way to go Quinn Daczka, Alex Petersen, and Talon Vorpahl! The 3rd period was bookended with goals by Landon Edwards (assisted first by Odin Klebba and then later by Quinn Daczka).  The 2nd goal of the 3rd came from Tyler Bartz assisted by Talon Vorpahl. Final for game 1 was 4-0 Ice over Wildcats!

The second game was a tough, physical game against Chippewa Falls.  Both teams came out skating hard with Tryton Yamaguchi opening the scoring in the 1st period.  Chippewa Falls came back with two goals to take the lead, but with third period goals by Chris Petersen and Tryton Yamaguchi the Ice earned the win.  All 3 Ice goals had an assist by Odin Klebba as he earned the 1st Playmaker of the season in the Ice’s 3-2 victory!

The championship game was against Waukesha B.  The Ice opened the scoring on the 1st shift when Tryton Yamaguchi buried a loose puck for the 1-0 lead.  But Waukesha came back with a power play goal late in the 1st – 2 quick passes lead to a one-timer goal.  Waukesha then took the lead mid-way through the 3rd.  But the Ice battled back with a tying goal by Tryton Yamaguchi with 1:08 left in the 3rd period – Odin Klebba pulled the defense wide and followed with a perfect pass to Tryton to spring him on a breakaway.  Following a deke, Tryton slide the puck home through the 5 hole.

In the extra frame, the Ice carried the play but couldn’t find the back of the net.  After overtime came a shootout – Maura Farrell was aggressive challenging all 4 Waukesha shooters – stopping 3 of 4. Odin Klebba scored to force the sudden death shootout and Tyler Bartz scored in the 1st round of the sudden death shootout to earn the Ice their second straight championship with a 4-3 victory over Waukesha B!

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