The Sauk Prairie co-op boys hockey team had an up-and-down week, picking up a 13-goal win over Viroqua before suffering back-to-back losses to Waunakee and Middleton.
Sauk Prairie co-op 14, Viroqua 1
The Eagles eased to their most lopsided win of the year on Saturday, scoring a season-high 14 goals in a home win over Viroqua.
Sauk Prairie gave up the first goal of the night, as Kaden Hansen got Viroqua (1-18) on the board 5 minutes, 27 seconds into the first period. Camden Desroches evened the score a minute later and Sauk Prairie held a 5-1 lead by the time the opening period was over.
Riley Jelinek had a first-period hat-trick, while also scoring three goals in the second for a six-goal night.
Caeben Schomber also had a hat-trick for the Eagles, while Lance Bauernhuber, Nick Mast, Brandon Mittelstaedt and August Begalske each scored a goal for the Eagles.
Sauk Prairie finished with 53 shots on goal, while Levi Carr made 12 saves for the Eagles.
Waunakee 4, Sauk Prairie co-op 1
The Eagles played from behind throughout Monday’s 4-1 home Badger North Conference loss to Waunakee.
Mason Ihrke scored a pair of first-period goals to stake Waunakee to a 2-0 lead.
Sauk Prairie’s lone goal of the night came when Jelinek assisted Desroches for a short-handed goal 58 seconds into the second period.
The Warriors (15-7, 6-2 Badger North) closed with two third-period goals from Keegan Ripley.
Sauk Prairie finished with a 36-18 advantage in shots on goal.
Middleton 5, Sauk Prairie co-op 1
It was a similar story in Middleton on Tuesday, as the Eagles suffered a 5-1 non-conference loss to drop back-to-back games for just the second time this season.
The teams played a scoreless first period before Jack Baltes gave Middleton (12-9-1) a 1-0 lead 8:34 into the second.
Desroches answered with a power-play goal at the 13:18 mark, but that was all the Eagles could muster.
Middleton’s Bo Bergenthal and Brooks Kalscheur each scored in the final three minutes of the second period, while Kalscheur and Riley Armstrong added insurance goals in the third.
Carr made 23 saves for Sauk Prairie, while Middleton’s Luigi Pugliese saved 30 of the 31 shots he faced.
Sauk Prairie (13-8-1, 4-4-1 Badger North) will close out the regular season by visiting Baraboo/Portage on Thursday and hosting Stevens Point Pacelli on Saturday. The Eagles are seeded fourth in the WIAA playoffs and will host the La Crosse Aquinas co-op in a Feb. 14 regional final.