The Reedsburg/Wisconsin Dells boys hockey team was a force in the Badger North Conference all season.
The Cheavers captured a second consecutive league title behind a 9-0-1 mark. For those efforts, Reedsburg/Wisconsin Dells was well represented on league’s all-conference teams with five players garnering recognition.
Leading the way for the Cheavers, who fell one win short of qualifying for the state tournament, losing 6-0 to the Onalaska co-op in the sectional final, was the trio of Derek Pawlak, Jon Zobel and Cooper Oakes. The three of them each earned unanimous first team honors.
Pawlak, a 6-foot forward, ended his career in style as the senior led the Cheavers with 50 points on the season. Up front, Pawlak scored a team-high 31 goals, finishing just two behind league leader and fellow unanimous first team pick Riley Jelinek from Sauk Prairie.
Among his goals, Pawlak netted a team-high nine game-winners, while putting home seven on the power play. Along with his scoring prowess, Pawlak dished out 19 assists on the season.
While Pawlak took care of business out front, Zobel helped clean things up as one of the Cheavers’ top defensemen. Zobel was a force on the back line, helping limit opponents to just 46 goals on the season.
Not to be overshadowed, Zobel also got in on the act on offense, picking up 13 assists while also finding the back of the net four times for 17 points on the year. Zobel was one of six Cheavers with over 15 points on the year.
Providing the last line of defense for the Cheavers was Oakes, who shined throughout a stellar freshman campaign. In 23 games this season, the rookie goalie faced 532 shots, allowing just 44 goals on the season.
Oakes finished with a 2.01 goals-against average and led the Badger North with a .917 save percentage, finishing with three shutouts and a 16-4-2 record. Joining the three RWD players and Jelinek on the first team were Waunakee’s Drew Christianson and Beaver Dam’s Sam Vanderhoeven.
Along with the trio of first team selections, the Cheavers had two honorable mention honorees in Thomas Pfaff and Connor Schyvinck.
Helping buoy the Cheavers attack alongside Pawlak was Pfaff, as the junior finished second on the team in points with 42. Pfaff finished with a team-high 29 assists, good for third in the Badger North.
Coupled with his helpers, Pfaff found the back of the net 13 times, including five power play goals. While Pfaff provided the extra firepower up front, Schyvinck aided the Cheavers on the back line.
The sophomore was one of RWD’s top defensemen alongside Zobel, and was assessed just 12 penalties on the year. Schyvinck also aided in the Cheavers scoring, adding 18 points on the year behind 12 assists, including a team-best seven on power plays, and six goals.
Forwards — *Derek Pawlak, Sr., Reedsburg/Wisconsin Dells; *Riley Jelinek, Jr., Sauk Prairie; Sam VanderHoeven, Sr., Beaver Dam.
Defensemen — *Jon Zobel, Sr., Reedsburg/Wisconsin Dells; Drew Christianson, Soph., Waunakee.
Goalie — *Cooper Oakes, Fr., Reedsburg/Wisconsin Dells.
<&SPAGEm>* — denotes unanimous selection.</&SPAGEm>
Forwards — Daniel Smolen, Jr., Beaver Dam; Camden Desroches, Jr., Sauk Prairie; Danny Reis, Soph., Waunakee; Mason Ihrke, Sr., Waunakee.
Defensemen — Joe Zemanovic, Sr., Baraboo/Portage; Willy Hanson, Jr., Sauk Prairie.
Goalie — Hunter Beck, Jr., Waunakee.
Forwards — Thomas Pfaff, Jr., Reedsburg/Wisconsin Dells; Gabe Larson, Sr., Baraboo/Portage; Jack Hagen, Sr., DeForest co-op; Keegan Ripley, Sr., Waunakee.
Defensemen — Luna Larson, Fr., Baraboo/Portage; Connor Schyvinck, Soph., Reedsburg/Wisconsin Dells; Hakan Peterson, Fr., Sauk Prairie.
Goalie — Dane Hinz, Jr., Baraboo/Portage.