Four of the 10 newly formed South Central Cyclone youth hockey teams opened their respective seasons in overwhelming fashion this weekend, staying unbeaten while combining to rack up six wins.
Leading the charge was the Bantam ‘A’ Cyclone crew which opened on Saturday at the Poppy Waterman Ice Arena with back to back wins (11-1 and 12-0) against the Waukesha Wolves. The team then followed it up with wins against McFarland Spartans (9-5) and Dubuque (Iowa) Fighting Saints (5-0) on Sunday for a 4-0 opening weekend.
The Peewee ‘A’ Cyclones started out with a 2-0 win against the Janesville Youth Hockey on home ice Saturday and then hit the road Sunday, rallying with goaltender Burke Schweda on the bench to notch the equalizer in a 4-4 draw.
The Peewee ‘B’ Cyclones also opened the season with a victory at the Pierce Park Pavilion in Baraboo, knocking off the Fighting Saints by a 5-1 score. The Squirt ‘B’Cyclones battled Tomah to a 5-5 draw at RACA in Reedsburg on Saturday as well.
The Bantam ‘A’ Cyclones opened with an 11-1 whipping of the visiting Waukesha Wolves, opening up an 8-1 first period cushion and then relaxing the pace over the final two frames.
Luna Larson and Trevor Slaght both fired hat tricks to lead the charge, while Larson added an assist and Clayton Pfaff added two goals and two helpers. Grant Marsich picked up a goal and two assists, Kyle Poole and Caden Jacobson both added a goal and an assist, and Luke Shwede, Gabe Fitzwilliams and Oliver Scanlan all tallied assists.
Cooper Oakes, who went between the pipes for all four weekend games, turned aside 26 of 27 Waukesha chances while the home side fired 52 the other way.
After a short break the same two teams hit the ice again with the Cyclones pulling out a 9-5 win.
The Wolves got on the board first but the Cyclones charged back with the next four and carried a 4-2 cushion into the middle period. By the time the second period break hit the Cyclones owned a 6-2 margin.
Marsich notched a hat trick and an assist and Pfaff collected two goals and two assists. Trevor Slaght notched a goal and two assists, with Larson, who added an assist, and Dylan Conroy notching the other goals. Oakes had a 25-save effort while the Cyclones peppered the Wolves with 45 shots.
On Sunday, the Bantams opened Madison-Dane Youth League play with a 12-0 win against McFarland and Oakes wrapped up his second consecutive shutout with a 5-0 win in the wrap up game against Dubuque.
Larson fired the first two goals against the Flying Saints and Marsich enjoyed a big game with two goals and three assists.
The Peewee ‘A’ squad opened its season Satuday with a 2-0 shutout win against Janesville. Yevgeny Dedun fired the first goal from Brady Baldwin 4 minutes, 50 seconds into the contest and the other goal came about three minutes later as John Scott buried a Kyle Buelow feed.
Burke Schweda collected the season opening shutout, handling all 26 shots he faced and the Ducks fired 38 at the Janesville goal.
The Peewee ‘B’ crew opened its season on Sunday morning with an impressive 5-1 win against Dubuque. The Cyclones opened a 3-0 cushion in the first period with the opener from Carson Jopp and the next two from Mark Othmer. Carstyn Cook, Mason Hess and Kaden Uminski collected assists on the goals.
Spencer Garbacz made it a 4-0 lead early in the second from Gus Defosse and Colin Mattson before Dubuque fired its only goal of the contest. Hess added one more for the home side in the final period and Giovanni Rivas turned aside 25 of 26 Dubuque chances.
All 10 teams are in action this weekend, including the Peewee ‘B’ squad taking part in the first Ultimate Tournament of the season at both RACA and the Poppy Waterman Ice Arena.
Other Peewee action will see the Peewee ‘A’ team on the road Saturday for a pair, stopping in Tomah for a 10:30 a.m. game and then continuing on to Onalaska for a 3:10 p.m. start.
The Pewee ‘C’ team will open its season against Waunakee at Pierce Park Pavilion on Saturday at 11 a.m.
The Bantam ‘A’ team will be on the road twice, traveling to Oregon at 3 p.m. Saturday and then playing the return match against McFarland on Sunday at 2 p.m.
The Bantam ‘B’ squad will open its season at Pierce Park in Baraboo on Saturday with a 9:30 p.m. game against Oregon and then plays the Polar Caps at Madison Ice Arena at 4:45 p.m. the same day.
The U-14 girls will play a doubleheader against the DC Diamonds at Pierce Park with the two-game tilt starting at 12:30 p.m., while the U-12 girls will travel to Fond du Lac for a doubleheader starting at 9:30 a.m.
The Squirt ‘A’ squad will play against Dubuque at Pierce Park at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday and the Squirt ‘B’team will be at Sauk Prairie for an early 8 a.m. start Saturday before moving on to Waunakee for a 5 p.m. tilt, wrapping up a three-game weekend at RACA on Sunday against Janesville at 1:15 p.m.