The Baraboo/Portage boys hockey team put together its most dominant showing of the year on Tuesday.
The T-Birds got it done on both ends of the ice, scoring a season-high nine goals while also posting their first shutout of the year in a 9-0 Badger North Conference win over DeForest at the Ice Pond in Waunakee.
Mike Wech scored four goals on the night to help the T-Birds (5-4, 2-1 Badger North) win their fourth straight game while handing the Norskies (1-5, 0-3) their fourth straight loss.
"It was a really good team win," Baraboo/Portage coach Andy Waldvogel said. "It's nice to keep the four-game win streak going. ... The guys feel good, they're feeling confident."
The teams went back and forth early, but Baraboo/Portage grabbed the lead when Gabe Larson scored 6 minutes, 32 seconds into the first period.
Baraboo/Portage eventually took a 2-0 lead into the second period after Campbell Koseor assisted Wech for a goal with 32 seconds remaining in the first.
The second period followed a similar script, as Wech scored an unassisted shorthanded goal at the 7:32 mark and Jack Macdonald scored at the 15:08 mark to give Baraboo/Portage a 4-0 lead heading into the final period.
Koseor took over early in the third period, scoring two power-play goals in the opening 3:04 as the T-Birds opened up a 6-0 lead.
Wech added goals at the 5:20 mark and the 6:17 mark, then Cameron Logan capped off the scoring with a power-play goal with 3:06 to play.
"The puck movement in general was really nice to watch tonight," Waldvogel said. "Good hockey was being played."
Baraboo/Portage sophomore goalie Dane Hinz made 27 saves to record his first shutout.
"Typically when you think of a 9-0 shutout, you don't think of the goalie having to make many saves, but that wasn't really the case tonight," Waldvogel said.
The teams will meet again when the T-Birds host the Norskies on Tuesday, Jan. 30.
First, the T-Birds will host a non-conference game against West Salem (6-2) on Thursday.
"We're going to kind of see what we got when they come to town," Waldvogel said of the Panthers.