Eau Claire North came out a bit off in its first game back from a signature win on Saturday in Superior over the state-ranked Spartans. The Huskies picked perhaps the absolute worst opponent to come out of the gates slow against. And top-ranked Hudson made them pay. The Raiders set the tone early and took advantage of North mistakes in a 6-1 Big Rivers win on Thursday night at Hobbs Ice Center. “Basically tonight, we didn’t play our game,” North coach Ryan Parker said.
Editor’s Note: A version of this story appeared in December’s issue of Buckshot the Magazine. The January issue can be found Thursday on newsstands throughout the area. For the first time in over a decade, Chris Tok and his wife, Melissa — along with young son Easton, were making a move not centered around hockey. A coach ever since his playing days ended, Tok had just departed Austin, Minn., after four years as the head coach with the NAHL’s Austin Bruins, with whom
ALTOONA — When the Regis/Altoona/McDonell boys hockey co-cop is at its best, its free-flowing offense is using time and space to create opportunities near the net. The co-op came into Tuesday night averaging 5.77 goals per game. That’s tough to do playing shorthanded for a long stretch of time. It doomed RAM in a 6-0 loss at the hands of Amery in Middle Border action Tuesday at Hobbs Altoona Sport Center. The Warriors scored three times in the second period, two coming on a five-
Forget scoring. Eau Claire Memorial made it tough for Eau Claire North to even get a clean shot on goal Tuesday night. Old Abes goalie Trevor Hudecek enjoyed his view from the crease as his Memorial teammates put up a relentless attack and blitzed the Huskies out of the building. After splitting a pair of overtime games a season ago, the second-ranked and undefeated Old Abes left little doubt against their cross-town rivals, cruising to a 6-1 win in Big Rivers action at Hobbs Ice Center.
There’s a fairly big boys hockey game coming up for Eau Claire North on Tuesday night as the Huskies take on crosstown rival and second-ranked Eau Claire Memorial. But first, a physical and gritty Hayward team came to town with all the makings of a trap game. Consider the trap averted. Thanks to a pair of goals from Sam Stange, the Huskies grinded out a 4-2 win over the Hurricanes in nonconference boys hockey action on Saturday at Hobbs Ice Center. “Just trying to stay
Last winter, the Steinmetz with the captain’s patch drew attention to himself — in the best way possible. Jordan Steinmetz, the 2017 Leader-Telegram All-Area boys hockey player of the year, played with his emotions on his sleeve and scored some of the most clutch goals you’ll see as he became Chippewa Falls’ all-time leading scorer. The Cardinals, senior-laden and talented, had one of their best years ever in reaching the sectional final. On that team was Lucas
Sometime in the span of the last seven days, Hutson Collins had a purple “C” stitched onto his white sweater, signifying his captainship of the Eau Claire Memorial boys hockey team. The scrappy hybrid forward took it to heart on Tuesday night, his first game in his newly minted leadership position. Collins scored 59 seconds into the game and never stopped, finding the back of the net directly or indirectly in a variety of ways as he notched a hat trick plus an assist in the second-
You can be off one night offensively and still win thanks to a stout defense. It’s much harder to do so the other way around. Fortunately it was the former for the Eau Claire Memorial boys hockey team on Tuesday night, a 5-0 victory for the Old Abes against Wisconsin Rapids at Hobbs Ice Arena. “That’s a big part of our game, and we work on it all the time in practice,” senior defenseman Josh Berg said. “You have to have a good defense to build a good offense.