The South Central Bantam A Cyclones stretched their season-opening winning streak to six games with some key road wins this past weekend.
The Cyclones started out with a 6-2 win at Oregon on Saturday and then grabbed its second win against McFarland with an 11-0 victory on Sunday.
In the 6-2 win over Oregon, both teams scored once in the opening period before the Cyclones scored three unanswered goals in the second period. Oregon made it a two-goal game early in the third, but two more for the Cyclones put this one away.
CJ Pfaff led the Cyclones with three goals, and Oliver Scanlan picked up a couple of assists. Other goals were added by Grant Marsich, Dylan Conroy and Luna Larson with single assists for Trevor Slaght and Kyle Poole. Cooper Oakes picked up the win in goal with an 11-save effort.
In the 11-0 win over McFarland, Pfaff charged up the offense with a second straight hat trick and three assists as well, while Marsich also netted three goals and picked up two assists. Luke Schweda set up three goals and Poole scored a pair of goals in the game. Larson added a goal and three assists with other goals added by Conroy and Slaght. Mitch Henke, Gabe Fitzwilliams and Caden Jacobson had assists and Oakes made eight saves to nail down his second shutout of the season.
Peewee B Cyclones do well
The South Central Peewee B Cyclones were the first local youth team to take a tournament test this season and the results were good. The local squad played in one of five divisions at the first Ultimate Tournaments event of the season played in three area arenas.
The Cyclones topped the round robin standings to reach the Peewee B championship game, but missed out on hoisting the championship trophy by a single overtime goal.
The Cyclones started out on Friday night with a nice come-from-behind effort to pull out a 5-3 win against Admirals Red. The following day, the locals earned a 2-0 win against Admirals White and the Cyclones wrapped up round robin play with a 3-1 win against the Midwest Blackbirds.
In the 5-3 win over Admirals Red, the Admirals jumped into a 2-0 lead, but the Cyclones scored the next five goals, starting with Nolan Pope’s powerplay goal with two minutes left in the opening period. Mason Hess collected an assist on the goal, and Mark Othmer pulled the Cyclones even with two seconds to play in the period on a goal from Kaden Uminski and Hess.
Hess collected a third straight assist as he set up Nathan Gneisner to put the Cyclones in front to stay early in the second period. Peyton Sloan added another from Pope and Andrew Nelson later in the period.
Carter Renneberg converted a Colin Mattson feed with 8:34 to play in the third to put the Cyclones up 5-2 and the final goal came for the Admirals about two minutes later.
Giovanni Rivas collected the win in goal for the Cyclones.
The following morning, the Cyclones picked up a 2-0 win over Admirals White. In the game Hess put the Cyclones in front in the opening minute on a goal from Uminski that stood up until Gneiser added some insurance with less than five minutes to play in the games. Nelson and Andrew Garbacz picked up assists on the Gneiser goal.
Rivas earned his first shutout of the season, turning aside all 15 shots he faced.
In their final round robin game, the Cyclones topped the Midwest Blackbirds 3-1. The Cyclones built up a 2-0 first period lead with goals from Othmer and Hess. Othmer’s goal was unassisted while Sloan and Gus DeFosse set up the Hess tally.
The Blackbirds made it a one-goal game with 5:41 to play in the contest, but Garbacz clinched the win for the Cyclones on a feed from Mattson.
In the championship game on Sunday, the Admirals White opened the scoring late in the first period and that stood up until Hess pulled the Cyclones even with his shorthanded goal early in the final period.
The teams were tied at 1 at the end of regulation, but the Admirals clinched the championship with a shot that went in off the shoulder of Rivas 58 seconds into the overtime period.
Peewee A Cyclones have tough weekend
The South Central Peewee A Cyclones came into this past weekend with a 2-0 record but ran into a pair of tough Mississippi Valley opponents who evened their season record.
The Cyclones played both games on Saturday, first stopping off in Tomah where they surrendered a tough 4-2 decision. They continued on to play Onalaska, who handed the Cyclones a 10-0 loss.
In the first game, Tomah built a 2-0 first period lead and added another unanswered goal in the middle period. Tomah added a fourth before the Cyclones picked up a pair of late goals from John Scott and Carsen Brandt.
Burke Schweda handled 29 of 33 shots in goal for the Cyclones.
At Onalaska, the Cyclones fell behind 1-0 in the opening period but saw the roof cave in with six unanswered Onalaska markers in the second and another three down the stretch. Schweda faced 43 shots in the game.