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A bad start did in the Antigo Red Robins hockey team on Saturday, as it dug a 3-0 first period hole and could not recover in a 4-1 loss at West Salem.

A poor start definitely cost us the game and unfortunately it lasted the entire first period, Head Coach Matt Borneman said. There were many reasons for the start, but at the end of the day they are all excuses, we can not have it moving forward.

The final game in the famed Meat Locker, was a memorable one for the home team, as the Panthers won despite being outshot 42-16 for the contest.

It’s frustrating but you have to tip your hat to Coach Borre, Borneman noted. They had a good game plan and executed.

Senior Jack Gorniak added to his team-leading point total for West Salem, as he netted two first period goals and added an assist on an empty netter in the third, giving him 52 points for the season.

Jake Whitbeck recorded the initial goal of the game for West Salem, scoring just under five minutes into the contest.

A tripping call on Eric Langseth at the 11:12 mark of the first set the stage for a power play goal from Gorniak, and the Panthers forward needed less than a minute to find the back of the net again, and this time it was short handed, after Tony Weilandt went to the box for an elbow and Gorniak got behind the Antigo defense for an unassisted tally.

Gorniak is dynamic in all aspects of the game including work ethic, Borneman said. Its rare to find a kid with athletic talent still willing to play in the dirty areas, defending that type of player is a true challenge.

The Robins managed to make the necessary adjustments to get back in the game. Following a scoreless second period, Adam Schmidt scored his eighth goal of the season just 31 seconds into the third.

Despite putting 19 shots on goaltender Adam Helgeson in the period, the Robins were unable to get any closer. Jake Whitbeck tallied the empty net score with 42 seconds left to ice the win for West Salem.

We were pleased with the adjustments after the first but in all honesty it couldn’t have gotten worse, there was only one direction to go, Borneman added. Good teams can rebound from a bad period and the boys stepped up and answered that decisively.

Helgeson made 28 saves in goal, while Mitch Hammes started and stopped all 13 Antigo shots he saw in the first. Brody Bunnell made 12 saves for the Robins.

The win improved West Salem’s record to 16-6 overall. The Panthers play an independent schedule. Antigo is now 9-11-2 on the season.

Playing in the ‘Meat Locker’ was an environment that brings new challenges, Borneman said. It’s a great way to show our team you don’t need all the fancy amenities to play good hockey.

Next up for Antigo is its final regular season home game Tuesday against Mosinee. A win clinches a share of a fifth straight Great Northern Conference championship.

It will be senior night as well, with a class of nine Red Robins being honored. The regular season finale will take place Friday at Chippewa Falls.

The Robins also know their seeding for the upcoming WIAA playoffs which begin next week. Antigo receives a first round bye as a three seed in sectional five, and will open play with a home game on Thursday, Feb. 15 against the winner of the Feb. 13 game between 11th seeded Green Bay United and number six DePere.

The three seed is good and right where I thought we should be based on our body of work, Borneman added. It will be an exciting sectional run, there are many good teams in sectional five and it’s anyone’s to take.

Scoring Summary

The Meat Locker

West Salem 4, Antigo 1

Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018



AHS 0 0 1 1

WSL 3 0 1 4

Scoring Summary

First Period-

West Salem- Jake Whitbeck (Joseph Oldendorf, Grant LeDoux) 4:59 EV

West Salem- Jack Gorniak (Joseph Oldendorf) 12:27 PP

West Salem- Jack Gorniak 13:12 SH

Third Period-

Antigo- Adam Schmidt (Jack Shinners) :31 EV

West Salem- Jake Whitbeck (Matthew Bigley, Jack Gorniak) 16:18 EN

Goaltending-

Antigo- Brody Bunnell L, 50 Mins, 15 shots, 12 saves (6, 3, 3), 80 percent

West Salem- Adam Helgeson W, 34 Mins, 29 shots, 28 saves (0, 10, 18), 97 percent; Mitch Hammes 17 Mins, 13 shots, 13 saves (13, 0, 0), 100 percent

Stats-

Shots- Antigo 42, West Salem 16

Penalties- Antigo 4, West Salem 4

PIM- Antigo 8, West Salem 8

Power Play- Antigo 0-4, West Salem 1-4

Records-

Antigo- 9-11-2 (6-1 GNC)

West Salem- 16-6 (Ind.)
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Robins fall at the 'Meat Locker,' earn three seed for playoffs
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A bad start did in the Antigo Red Robins hockey team on Saturday, as it dug a 3-0 first period hole and could not recover in a 4-1 loss at West Salem.

A poor start definitely cost us the game and unfortunately it lasted the entire first period, Head Coach Matt Borneman said. There were many reasons for the start, but at the end of the day they are all excuses, we can not have it moving forward.

The final game in the famed Meat Locker, was a memorable one for the home team, as the Panthers won despite being outshot 42-16 for the contest.

It’s frustrating but you have to tip your hat to Coach Borre, Borneman noted. They had a good game plan and executed.

Senior Jack Gorniak added to his team-leading point total for West Salem, as he netted two first period goals and added an assist on an empty netter in the third, giving him 52 points for the season.

Jake Whitbeck recorded the initial goal of the game for West Salem, scoring just under five minutes into the contest.

A tripping call on Eric Langseth at the 11:12 mark of the first set the stage for a power play goal from Gorniak, and the Panthers forward needed less than a minute to find the back of the net again, and this time it was short handed, after Tony Weilandt went to the box for an elbow and Gorniak got behind the Antigo defense for an unassisted tally.

Gorniak is dynamic in all aspects of the game including work ethic, Borneman said. Its rare to find a kid with athletic talent still willing to play in the dirty areas, defending that type of player is a true challenge.

The Robins managed to make the necessary adjustments to get back in the game. Following a scoreless second period, Adam Schmidt scored his eighth goal of the season just 31 seconds into the third.

Despite putting 19 shots on goaltender Adam Helgeson in the period, the Robins were unable to get any closer. Jake Whitbeck tallied the empty net score with 42 seconds left to ice the win for West Salem.

We were pleased with the adjustments after the first but in all honesty it couldn’t have gotten worse, there was only one direction to go, Borneman added. Good teams can rebound from a bad period and the boys stepped up and answered that decisively.

Helgeson made 28 saves in goal, while Mitch Hammes started and stopped all 13 Antigo shots he saw in the first. Brody Bunnell made 12 saves for the Robins.

The win improved West Salem’s record to 16-6 overall. The Panthers play an independent schedule. Antigo is now 9-11-2 on the season.

Playing in the ‘Meat Locker’ was an environment that brings new challenges, Borneman said. It’s a great way to show our team you don’t need all the fancy amenities to play good hockey.

Next up for Antigo is its final regular season home game Tuesday against Mosinee. A win clinches a share of a fifth straight Great Northern Conference championship.

It will be senior night as well, with a class of nine Red Robins being honored. The regular season finale will take place Friday at Chippewa Falls.

The Robins also know their seeding for the upcoming WIAA playoffs which begin next week. Antigo receives a first round bye as a three seed in sectional five, and will open play with a home game on Thursday, Feb. 15 against the winner of the Feb. 13 game between 11th seeded Green Bay United and number six DePere.

The three seed is good and right where I thought we should be based on our body of work, Borneman added. It will be an exciting sectional run, there are many good teams in sectional five and it’s anyone’s to take.

Scoring Summary

The Meat Locker

West Salem 4, Antigo 1

Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018



AHS 0 0 1 1

WSL 3 0 1 4

Scoring Summary

First Period-

West Salem- Jake Whitbeck (Joseph Oldendorf, Grant LeDoux) 4:59 EV

West Salem- Jack Gorniak (Joseph Oldendorf) 12:27 PP

West Salem- Jack Gorniak 13:12 SH

Third Period-

Antigo- Adam Schmidt (Jack Shinners) :31 EV

West Salem- Jake Whitbeck (Matthew Bigley, Jack Gorniak) 16:18 EN

Goaltending-

Antigo- Brody Bunnell L, 50 Mins, 15 shots, 12 saves (6, 3, 3), 80 percent

West Salem- Adam Helgeson W, 34 Mins, 29 shots, 28 saves (0, 10, 18), 97 percent; Mitch Hammes 17 Mins, 13 shots, 13 saves (13, 0, 0), 100 percent

Stats-

Shots- Antigo 42, West Salem 16

Penalties- Antigo 4, West Salem 4

PIM- Antigo 8, West Salem 8

Power Play- Antigo 0-4, West Salem 1-4

Records-

Antigo- 9-11-2 (6-1 GNC)

West Salem- 16-6 (Ind.)
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