Somerset hockey ties season win record
Another accomplishment for the Somerset hockey team was achieved on Saturday when the Spartans scored a 4-0 win at St. Paul Johnson.
The Spartans ended the regular season with their 17th win, matching their team record for victories in a season.
Records are nice, but they are for after the season. The Spartans are focused on the WIAA hockey playoffs. The Spartans start their playoff run this Thursday. They will play at home at 7 p.m., facing the winner of Tuesday's game between Menomonie and Spooner.
The winner in Thursday's game will advance to the WIAA sectional semifinals, which would be played next Tuesday.
The Spartans enter the playoffs on a six-game win streak. The Spartans were hoping to get a challenge in their final regular season game on Saturday and St. Paul Johnson met that demand.
"Johnson was the perfect opponent," said Somerset coach Dan Gilkerson. "They played really hard. It was a good test mentally and physically not to retaliate."
The Spartans rested senior goalie Jordan Langness for the third straight game because he's dealing with tenderness in his back. In his place, his younger brother, freshman Bryce Hanson, got another start in goal. Hanson made 22 saves to get the shutout. Hanson is now 5-0 for the season, with three shutouts.
Gilkerson said he expected Langness to return to practice this week, hoping to get him three good days of work in before Thursday's playoff matchup.
The Spartans are getting more offensive production by creating more traffic in front of the opposing net. Gilkerson said two of Saturday's goals were the product of dumping the puck toward the net and having good things happen.
Reed Kelly scored the only goal of the first period for the Spartans. Jesse Brown made the score 2-0 with a power play tally in the second period. Aaron Moore and Kelly scored 29 seconds apart in the middle of the third period to put the game out of reach.