While most of the South Central Cyclones youth hockey teams took this past weekend off for the deer hunting season, the program’s two competitive girls teams stayed busy.

The local U14 Cyclones girls squad played three times, making the trip to Verona Friday night where it battled the host Ice Spirit to a 2-2 tie before heading back home, where they ran into a tough Ozaukee Ice Dogs team, falling 8-1 on Sunday morning. The team played the Ice Dogs much tougher on Sunday afternoon, losing 1-0. Both Sunday games were played at Pierce Park Pavilion in Baraboo.

The U12 Cyclones meanwhile made a successful trip to Viroqua on Saturday, sweeping a doubleheader, winning 6-5 in the first and then 7-4 in the getaway game later on.

In Friday’s 2-2 with the Ice Spirit in Verona, the U14 Cyclones fell into a 1-0 hole, but Daelynn Merrell tied it with the lone goal of the second period. The Cyclones grabbed the lead 2:39 into the final period when Bella Bowden converted a pass from Kayla Capener, but the Ice Spirit battled back with the tying marker a little less than three minutes later.

Cyclones goaltender Meg Turkington turned aside 10 of 12 shots faced as the Cyclones outshot the Ice Spirit 27-12.

In Sunday’s 8-1 loss against the Ice Dogs at Pierce Park, the Cyclones were trailing 7-0 before Hannah Meeker got the home team on the board off an assist from Karsen Nicksic. Turkington turned aside 28 shots in the game.

The Cyclones looked sharper in their own end in the second game against the Ice Dogs on Sunday, allowing just one goal, 7:55 into the contest, but that was all that was needed in what turned out to be a 1-0 loss for the home team. Turkington again turned in a 28-save effort in the game. The weekend games shifted the U14 Cyclones overall record to 1-3-1.

The U12 Cyclones opened their weekend with a 6-5 win over host Viroqua. The teams were even at the end of both the first and second periods in the first game before Viroqua took a 5-4 lead 5:40 into the final period. Karsen Nicksic pulled the Cyclones even with her second goal of the game 40 seconds later to tie it up and then finished up a hat trick with an unassisted goal at the 9:27 mark, lifting the Cyclones to the win.

Nicksic also picked up an assist in the game, while Josie Toberman scored a pair and Reese Olson recorded the other goal for the Cyclones. Kaitlin Elder turned aside 10 shots to pick up the win in net.

Nicksic enjoyed another big game to wrap up Saturday’s doubleheader sweep at Viroqua, scoring five goals, including her team’s first three in a 7-4 victory. The Cyclones owned a 2-1 lead after a period and carried a 3-2 edge into the third.

Lily McPherson scored the other two Cyclones goals and Hailey Powers picked up an assist in the game. The wins were the first of the season for the U 12 Cyclones, boosting the team’s overall record to 2-1-1.