No magic in Mosinee, Robins shut out in tough conference setback|
With illness and injury already going against the Antigo Red Robins hockey team, the bounce of the puck was not on its side either, as the Robins left Mosinee Thursday night with a disappointing 5-0 defeat.
The game was scoreless for over 14 minutes until the puck began to go Mosinee's way. A shot from the corner by Matej Rychtarik went off an Antigo skater and found its way to the high slot, where Mosinee's Tyler Selenske buried a slap shot for a 1-0 lead.
It took only 14 seconds for Mosinee to score again, as a quick turnover by the Robins gave Trey Fitzgerald a breakaway, and he beat Antigo netminder Brody Bunnell for a 2-0 Indians' lead.
The early onslaught didn't stop there, as Mosinee's leading scorer, Tobias Holka scored his 16th goal of the season on a shot from the corner that somehow deflected off the padding of Bunnell and into the net.
“Late in the period we hung our heads and felt sorry for ourselves,” head coach Matt Borneman said. “Give Mosinee credit for taking advantage of our mental breakdown.”
The third goal came with just three seconds on the clock as Antigo found themselves in a big hole after
Lady Hornets play well against conference leader Crandon
The Elcho Hornets girls basketball team came ready to play on Thursday against the state-ranked Crandon Cardinals.
But in the end, a valiant effort was not enough as Crandon pulled away for a 47-36 victory, improving to a perfect 5-0 in Northern Lakes Conference games and 9-2 overall.
The Cardinals entered the week ranked eight in the state in division four.
“I was pleased with the readiness of my Lady Hornets for this matchup against the conference leaders,” head coach Michelle Kincaid said. “Games are always tough at Crandon and we kept them under 20 points in the first half.”
Crandon went to the locker room with an 18-13 lead and the Hornets continued their strong play into the second, tying the game at 21.
The contest remained tight, with Crandon holding a four-point lead with just over four minutes remaining.
Elcho was then forced to foul in an attempt to get the ball back, but the Cardinals sunk the free throws they needed to, escaping with the 11 point win.
The Hornets shot 23 percent in the first and 31 in the second, but really struggled at the free throw line where they shot only 42 percent, but somehow mana
Conference-leading Rebels pounce on Elcho miscues
The Elcho Hornets boys basketball team ran into a tough Laona-Wabeno squad on Tuesday night, falling to the Rebels on the road in the Northern Lakes Conference matchup, 61-29.
The Hornets came out strong and played a competitive first half, but conference-leading Laona-Wabeno was able to capitalize on a handful of Elcho errors to take a 10-point lead to intermission.
“The guys started out by executing the game plan really well and played hard the entire game,” head coach Eric Strzok said. “We made a few mental mistakes in the first half that Laona-Wabeno capitalized on, which put them ahead at the half.”
The second half saw the Rebels adjust to the Hornets' gameplan and again capitalized on miscues to extend the lead, breaking things open and outscoring Elcho 33-11.
“Finishing the basketball around the rim was a struggle for us,” Strzok explained. “It would have made a big difference in the score, however we improved in this area by going strong to the rim, but weren't able to get a gentle touch on the ball for it to fall.”
A total of eight Elcho players found their way into the scorebook, led by Chase Novak with six p
Explosive second half spurs third straight win for Red Robins
Make it three in a row for the Antigo Red Robins boys basketball team, and by the way undefeated in the New Year, on the strength of a 67-52 victory over Northland Pines in the Sheldon Fieldhouse Monday night.
After a close first half concluded with Antigo down by five, the Robins offense exploded in the second half, blitzing the Eagles for 41 points and steadily pulling away for a convincing win.
The victory pulls the Robins' season record to 4-6, and now above .500 in the Great Northern Conference at 3-2, good for second place.
Things are looking bright after a difficult start, when Antigo opened the campaign with four straight losses, and headed into the holiday break at 1-6.
Antigo head coach Ivan Flannery is feeling that positive mojo, as his team looks at a challenging road trip.
“We got out to a big lead in the second half and never looked back tonight,” Flannery said. “I'm really proud of the guys, now we go on the road with a really tough stretch ahead of us.”
That stretch is filled with three conference road games: Friday at Mosinee, Tuesday at Merrill, and next Friday at GNC leader Medford. The Robins do no
Losch and Boyer with hat tricks as Edge routs Medford
The Northern Edge girls hockey team put the boots to Medford for the second time this season, using a five-goal first period to rout the Raiders on Monday night, 8-1 in Rhinelander.
The Edge needed just one minute and 41 seconds to take the lead in the contest, thanks to Isabella Boyer, who got things started with an unassisted goal.
Less than two minutes later it was Evelyn LeVeque finding the back of the net, assisted by Madi Losch for a 2-0 advantage.
From there, it was Losch simply taking over, as the Rhinelander senior scored back-to-back unassisted goals to give her team a big 4-0 lead.
Kristina Kulnelius, a Lakeland freshman, added the period's final tally, assisted by Boyer and Wyndi Saari at the 14:47 mark.
The Edge pushed the lead to 6-0 in the early stages of the second period thanks to Boyer's second score of the game, with Emily Kassler and Losch providing helpers.
The goal came via the power play and was one of three special teams opportunities for the Northern Edge on the night.
Medford got on the board at the 7:39 mark of the second courtesy of Emily Schafer and the 6-1 lead carried over into the third