The Washington County Ice Pee Wee C team captured second place at the WAHA Pee Wee 2C State Tournament March 12th to the 13th.
The Ice opened the tournament Saturday Morning against the Waunakee Wildcats (Yellow). In a closely contested game, the Ice struck first just over 2 minutes into the opening period when Alex “Petey” Petersen found the back of the net (assisted by Kayla Carmichael). Six minutes later Tyler “Frankie” Bartz extended the Ice lead with the assist from Matthew Ferrier. The second period had both teams trading opportunities, but neither team could get the puck past the goaltenders. With just over 3 minutes left in the third period, Waunakee struck, narrowing the Ice lead to 2-1. The Wildcats then pulled their goalie for the extra attacker, but their final push was stopped by 2 empty net goals, the first from Chris Petersen (assist to Carson Phillips) and then Quinn Daczka (assisted by Talon Vorphal). Final score 4-1 Ice.
The first semifinal game matched up the Ice with fellow Region 5 opponent Elmbrook. It was a fast pace game with each team having their chances in the opening frame. The Ice struck first late in the first period with Talon Vorphal’s goal (assisted by Carson Phillips). As with the 1st game, teams traded chances in the second period, but the score remained 1-0 Ice. Then at the 6 minute mark of the 3rd period, Elmbrook was able to tie the game at 1-1. The horn sounded at the end of the 3rd period with the game still tied – we were on to overtime! The extra period brought some exciting end-to-end action and ended at the 3 minute mark when Matthew Ferrier carried the puck up the ice and pounded in his own rebound to give the Ice the 2-1 victory.
That brought the Ice to the Championship game against the Region 6 representative, the Onalaska Tornado. The determination and desire of both teams was evident from the opening faceoff. While the Ice pressured and battle hard, the Tornado struck first with two second half goals to take the opening period 2-0. The second period had Maura Farrell standing tall in net (17 shots faced) as the Ice battled back into the game. Alex Petersen struck 3 minutes into the period with a power play tally. Then with 2:49 remaining in the period, Talon Vorphal scored for the Ice to tie the game at 2-2 (Alex Petersen with the assist). The third period was much like the first – both teams skated and battled hard, but it was the Tornado that scored twice. Final score 4-2 Onalaska.
The Washington County Ice finished their season with a 27-9-6 record (10 shutouts for Maura), having earned two tournament 2nd places (Washington County and Chippewa Falls Invitational tournaments), a consolation championship (Sheboygan Hockeyville Tournament), and the WAHA Pee Wee 2C State Runner-up.
Teamwork & Hustle - Go Ice!
The Washington County Ice Pee Wee C team captured second place at the Chippewa Falls Pee Wee C Invitational tournament from February 26th to the 28th.
The Ice opened the 12 team tournament Saturday morning with a 9-2 win against SHAW. Washington County opened the scoring 10 minutes into the opening period with a 3 goal burst by Tyler Bartz (assisted by Matthew Ferrier), Carson Phillips (assisted by Tyler), and Alex Petersen (from Ethan Schickert). SHAW answered with a late goal to close out the 1st period 3-1 Ice. Talon Vorphal (Ethan getting his 2nd assist), Alex Gonzalez (assisted by Quinn Daczka), Ethan Schickert, and Tyler Bartz (assists to Matthew Ferrier and Carson Phillips) all found the back of the net in the second helping to build the lead to 7-1. Tyler Bartz (from Ethan Schickert) and Chris Petersen added two more before SHAW closed out the scoring for a final 9-2 Ice win. Ethan Schickert earned a Playmaker patch while Tyler Bartz recorded a Hat Trick.
The second game of the day was against Eau Claire Mustangs (Maroon). Eau Claire carried much of the play, but the Ice defense and stellar goaltending by Maura Farrell kept them off the board in the 1st as Quinn Daczka (from Alex Gonzalez) opened the scoring for the Ice. Chris Petersen then pounded in his own rebound for a shorthanded tally to give the Ice a 2-0 lead after one period of play. Tyler “Frankie” Bartz opened the scoring in the second, but later Eau Claire answered to end the period with a 3-1 Ice lead. In the 3rd period, Alex Petersen gave Washington County a little more breathing room as they held off a final push by the Mustangs for a 4-1 Ice victory.
The final game of Saturday was against the Waunakee Wildcats (Yellow). The Wildcats came out fast, scoring the only goal of the 1st period. The Ice dug deep and skated stronger as the game progressed and answered with a Tyler Bartz goal (assisted by Alex Petersen) to close the second at 1-1. After 5 minutes of the 3rd period the teams traded goals – Alex Gonzalez scoring for the Ice (helper by Tyler). Alex Gonzalez then gave the Ice the lead later in the third with his 2nd tally of the game. The Wildcats made a final push, but Tyler Bartz got an empty net goal to seal a 4-2 Ice win.
This setup a late Sunday showdown with the Winter Club Wildcats (Blue) in the championship game. Both teams had to battle through an extra Saturday game and came ready for a hard fought contest. Winter Club scored early in the 1st to take the opening frame. While there was lots of end-to-end action in the 2nd, neither team could find the back of the net. The Wildcats scored again 5 minutes into the third, but the Ice answered 2 minutes later off the stick of Alex Gonzalez. The Ice had several opportunities in the closing minutes, but just couldn’t solve the Wildcat defense for the tying goal, dropping the championship game 2-1 to Winter Club.
The players of Washington County showed determination and sportsmanship over a long and challenging weekend, taking 3 of 4 games from state tournament bound teams.
The Washington County Ice Pee Wee C team earned the Consolation Championship at the Sheboygan Hockeyville Tournament from January 15th to the 17th.
The Ice opened the tournament Saturday morning against eventual tournament champion Waunakee Black. It was a hard fought game, but Waunakee pulled away with 3 goals in the 2nd period on their way to a 5-0 win.
Washington County returned to the rink for an evening game against the Crystal Lake Yellowjackets. The Ice got on the board 1st with Ethan Schickert’s tally (assisted by Alex Petersen), but the Yellowjackets answered late in the period with a power play goal. The teams traded goals midway through the second with Tyler “Frankie” Bartz netting the score for the Ice. Washington County then got two more goals late in the second by Matthew Ferrier and Quinn Daczka (assisted by Adam Olson and Matthew Ferrier) to take a 4-2 lead. Tyler got his second goal of the game early in the 3rd period while the Ice were shorthanded, but the Yellowjackets were not done as they mounted a rally late in the 3rd to get within one for a final of 5-4 Ice.
This set up a meeting with SHAW U14 for the Consolation Championship. The Ice came out firing and jumped to a 2-0 lead in the 1st period with goals from Tyler Bartz and Ethan Schickert (assisted by Alex Gonzalez). Ethan then added 3 more goals (1 in the 2nd, 2 in the 3rd) for a final 5-0 Ice victory.