New Richmond boys hockey wins twice in Rochester tournament
Wisconsin teams saw unprecedented success in the Rochester (Minn.) Kiwanis Hockey Festival and the New Richmond boys were part of that success.
Verona and Northland Pines, both Wisconsin teams, won the two divisions of the tournament. New Richmond took third place among eight teams in the gold division of the tournament. The Tigers won two of their three games in the tournament, both coming against schools from Rochester.
New Richmond opened the tournament last Thursday by facing Rochester Mayo, a team coach Adam Swanda said would be among the strongest opponent they would face this season. The Tigers produced an outstanding effort, beating Mayo 5-3.
This was a game where the Tigers clicked from the start, getting goals from Jake Singerhouse and Cole Hanson in the first eight minutes of the game. Mayo then showed why it’s so highly regarded, scoring the next three goals.
With less than four minutes left in the second period, Singerhouse tied the score at 3-3. The line of Singerhouse, Nick Lubow and Kole Hallmark has been playing extremely well together and that continued through the tournament. It was Lubow who got the go-ahead goal, scoring on a low wrist shot 4:30 into the third period. Senior Tanner Wisemiller closed the scoring with an empty net goal with five seconds remaining.
After playing well in the opening round, the Tigers fell flat in their second round game against Hudson. The game was tied 1-1 after the first period, but Hudson scored twice in the second period and four times in the third period to win 7-1. This was Hudson’s second win over the Tigers in a week. The Raiders beat the Tigers 6-4 in New Richmond on Dec. 21.
“Hudson came out and really nullified what we were able to do the week before,” Swanda said. “They really took it to us.”
Wisemiller scored the only goal for the Tigers in the loss.
Give the Tigers credit for recovering quickly. When they took the ice against Rochester Century on Saturday, they looked rejuvenated and they played that way, scoring a 9-0 victory to lock up third place in their division.
Lubow got the Tigers rolling, scoring 2:27 into the game. Eric Hedlund scored late in the first period for his first varsity goal.
The Tigers broke the game open with four goals in the second period. Wisemiller, Brady Maus, Singerhouse and Hallmark scored in that charge. Wisemiller, Hanson and Hallmark scored in the third period.
Swanda has been trying to get the third line more shifts and it paid off in this game with goals from Hedlund and Hanson.
“Cole Hanson played very well,” Swanda said.
Cole Peterson made his second varsity start in goal and stopped 15 shots to get the shutout against Century.
Swanda said he went into the tournament with a goal of getting two wins. With an 8-4 record, the Tigers have been a surprise. He said the way the Tigers came back on Saturday showed a good deal of character.
“For us to respond the way we did, I was pretty pleased with that,” Swanda said.
The Tigers begin 2014 with more challenging games. They will play this Thursday at Menomonie, in another game that will have major bearing on the WIAA sectional tournament bracket. The Tigers will also be on the road this Saturday, facing St. Paul Johnson at 7:30 p.m. at the Phalen Ice Arena.