Spartans rip Mac/Regis
Somerset's hockey team beat up on two weaker opponents, but they couldn't get the win they wanted most this week.
The Spartans notched easy wins against Minneapolis Washburn and Chippewa Falls McDonell-Eau Claire Regis. The Spartans were hoping they could compete evenly with Hayward last Friday, but lost 6-2.
On Monday night the Spartans cruised past Washburn 8-4. The Spartans romped past the combined Chippewa Falls McDonell-Eau Claire Regis team last Thursday 14-0.
Tadd Landry led the Spartans with four goals in the romp past the weakened co-op team, that was down to 11 players and without its head coach. Both this game and the Washburn game gave the Spartan coaches a chance to play their younger players. For Monday's game they brought up several players to get their first varsity experience.
In Thursday's game Somerset goalie Ryan Schleusner earned his first varsity shutout.
Hayward was the key game of the week for the Spartans. The Spartans got off to a good start, when Shawn Walczak scored two minutes into the game. Hayward then scored the next three goals and the Spartans couldn't get the lead back.
"We didn't play well in the D zone," said Somerset coach Grant Belisle. "We need to get better at it if we want to do anything in the playoffs."
The Spartan coaches were frustrated that the team gave up four goals to Washburn, including two goals on breakaways. Belisle said Monday's game showed that the Spartans need to improve their play in the neutral zone.
"Once we get the puck in their zone, we do well. We need work getting it into their zone," he said.
The Spartans start WIAA playoffs on Thursday. Somerset, the sixth seed, plays at Hobbs Ice Arena in Eau Claire at 7 p.m., against Eau Claire Memorial. The Old Abes are the third seed in the regional.
Belisle said he thinks teams are underrating the Spartans in the playoffs.
"Nobody expects anything out of us," he said. "Hopefully we can have an upset, or two, or three."
Somerset 14, McDonell/Regis 0
First Period: 1. Somerset, Tadd Landry (Shawn Walczak, Corey Hehling) :35. 2. Somerset, Dayne Schneibel (un) 5:27. 3. Somerset, Landry (Walczak) 6:18. 4. Somerset, Hehling (Andrew Westerdahl, Tom Hennessey) 6:25. 5. Somerset, Walczak (Landry) 11:09. 6. Somerset, Greg Nichols (Westerdahl, Hennessey) 12:15.
Second Period: 7. Somerset, Landry (Walczak) 8:52. 8. Somerset, Landry (Hehling, Walczak) 14:18.
Third Period: 9. Somerset, Schneibel (un) 2:54. 10. Somerset, Hehling (un) 4:25. 11. Somerset, Hennessey (un) 5:58. 12. Somerset, Calin Hehling (Schneibel, Austin Seibel) 8:39. 13. Somerset, Seibel (Schneibel) 11:01. 14. Somerset, Westerdahl (Schneibel) 12:55.
Saves: Somerset (Ryan Schleusner) 9; McDonell-Regis (Jordan Jesper) 29.
Hayward 6, Somerset 2
First Period: 1. Somerset, Shawn Walczak (Tadd Landry) 2:04. 2. Hayward, Derek Knutson (Podge Turnbull, Matt Fastelin) 3:05. 3. Hayward, Turnbull (Josh Speros) 14:14.
Second Period: 4. Hayward, Turnbull (Fastelin) 3:32. 5. Somerset, Bryce Montpetit (un) 8:05. 6. Hayward, Knutson (Fastelin, Turnbull) 10:57. 7. Hayward, Knutson (un) 14:31.
Third Period: 8. Hayward, Knutson (Fastelin, Turnbull) 8:58.
Saves: Somerset (Ryan Schleusner) 18; Hayward (Dayne Clarquist) 21.