After cinching up an outright Badger North Conference title last week, the Reedsburg/Wisconsin Dells boys hockey team had a chance to finish an unbeaten league slate.
The Cheavers did just that, rolling to a 5-3 win over DeForest co-op in a conference game at The Ice Pond at Waunakee on Feb. 8. Seniors Derek Pawlak and Thomas Pfaff each finished with two goals as Reedsburg/Wisconsin Dells improved to 9-0-1 in league play.
The Cheavers (17-4-3) never trailed as they used a two-goal first period to take control early. Senior Kip Cunning ham got Reedsburg/Wisconsin Dells on the board first with a goal 9 minutes 26 seconds into the first period before Pfaff netted his first goal at 12:23 for the 2-0 lead.
Pawlak got in on the action with a power play go just 1:32 into the second period before scoring his second goal late in the frame. Garrett Lloyd pulled the Norskies within 3-1 with a goal 13:29 before Pawlak re-established the 3-goal lead with his second off assists from Pfaff and junior Danny Ely at 16:09.
With a comfortable lead, the Cheavers good fortune soured midway through the third when the Norskies cut the advantage to 4-3 with consecutive short-handed goals at 9:34 and 12:22. Pfaff quickly put an end to the rally as he scored his second goal on the power play with 13:12 remaining to finish things off.
Behind Pawlak and Pfaff, who had an assist, senior Ben Jones and Ely each had two assists for the Cheavers, while freshman goalie Cooper Oakes made 16 saves in the win. Up next for Reedsburg/Wisconsin Dells is rival Baraboo/Portage in a regional final at Poppy Waterman Ice Arena on Thursday.
The Cheavers swept the regular season series over the Thunderbirds with wins of 4-2 and 5-1.