Penalties got the best of the Baraboo/Portage boys hockey team on Tuesday when it hosted Madison Memorial for a non-conference contest. Baraboo allowed three power-play goals and one shorthanded one in a 6-1 loss to the Spartans at Pierce Park.
The Thunderbirds were burdened with a couple penalties in the first period, and Madison Memorial capitalized on both. The first came on an elbowing penalty several minutes in, and the Spartans took advantage with a goal at the 6:53 mark.
A cross checking penalty on the T-Birds put Madison Memorial on the man-advantage again, and Jack Helle’s sliding ground shot skipped up off the end of a Baraboo/Portage stick and went into the net for an own goal with 2 minutes left in the period. Jack Macdonald threatened to halve the deficit with less than 10 seconds left with a steal in the T-Birds zone, but Madison Memorial’s defenders got back in time.
Baraboo/Portage stepped things up offensively at the start of the second, with Mike Wech getting a few rebound opportunities while freshman Campbell Koseor had a good look, but the T-Birds remained scoreless. The Spartans took over from there, using their speed and puck control to keep the action in Baraboo/Portage’s zone. The Spartans took a 3-0 lead at the 5:30 mark on a second-effort goal.
Both teams committed penalties within 30 seconds of each other moments later, and the T-Birds had a short stretch with an extra man but Madison Memorial wound up with a shorthanded goal with 32 seconds left in the period to make it 4-0.
Baraboo/Portage went into desperation mode in the final frame. Parker Lindauer scored his second goal of the night after rebounding his own shot to make it 5-0, but Baraboo/Portage’s Gabe Larson saved the T-Birds from a shutout with a goal from the slot at the 3:45 mark, after a pass from Koseor. Madison Memorial added another power-play goal with 52 seconds remaining.
The T-Birds were outshot 36-16 in the contest, with Giovanni D’Asto saving 15 shots. Baraboo/Portage (1-3) will host Beaver Dam on Thursday to start the Badger North Conference season.
Baraboo couldn’t hold on to a brief second-half lead and suffered a 61-55 home non-conference loss to unbeaten Wisconsin Dells.
The Thunderbirds (0-3) trailed the majority of the night and went into halftime with a 30-24 deficit despite 11 points from Mason Peterson in the final 6 minutes of the first half.
Baraboo found momentum when Justus Neuman made back-to-back 3-pointers to pull the T-Birds within 38-37 with 12:25 remaining in the second half. The teams traded baskets until Peterson hit a 3-pointer to give the T-Birds a 44-42 advantage with 7:20 to play.
The slim lead was short-lived for Baraboo, as Wisconsin Dells immediately ripped off an 8-0 run to open up a 50-44 lead with 5:47 to go. The T-Birds got back within one possession when Peterson hit a 3-pointer with 3:55 remaining to cut the deficit to 50-47, but that was as close as Baraboo could get.
Wisconsin Dells (4-0) made enough plays down the stretch to hang on for the road win. The T-Birds held the Chiefs to a season-low 61 points after Wisconsin Dells entered the day averaging 82.0 points per game during its 3-0 start. The Chiefs had won their first three games by an average of 19.3 points per game.
Baraboo reached the 50-point mark for the first time this season after scoring 40.5 points per game through its first two games, losses at Oregon and Mount Horeb.
The T-Birds will stay home to host Badger North Conference rival Portage on Friday.