Tiger boys make big comeback to win at AmeryThe times are changing for the New Richmond boys hockey team. At the beginning of the season the Tigers couldn’t find a way to win a game. Now they are winning when they aren’t at the top of their game.
By: Dave Newman, New Richmond News
The times are changing for the New Richmond boys hockey team.
At the beginning of the season the Tigers couldn’t find a way to win a game. Now they are winning when they aren’t at the top of their game.
The Tigers earned their first Middle Border Conference win of the season when they won at Amery last Tuesday, 6-2. The Tigers are now 1-1 in the MBC and 4-5 overall after an 0-4 start.
The first period of Thursday’s game was not one of the Tigers’ best. By the end of the period Amery held a 2-0 lead.
The Tigers played through the tough start and eventually found the style of play that’s been working for them over the past few weeks.
Sam Stroot again gave the team needed firepower, scoring 1:40 into the second period. He’s scored his first three varsity goals, one in each of the past three games.
“All three of his goals come from him being in good position in the offensive zone,” said Tiger coach Adam Swanda.
Leading scorer Joe Bowar tied the game just over two minutes later.
“From there on, we started to play with some confidence,” Swanda said.
With two minutes left in the second period, the Tigers took the lead on a goal by Jake Bellows.
Bowar scored again early in the third period and Jared Singerhouse scored twice in the final five minutes of the game to build the Tiger advantage to 6-2.
Tanner Milliron stopped 27 shots to get the win in goal for the Tigers.
Swanda said he doesn’t want to see the team make a habit out of needing to come back from slow starts. He said he was pleased with the resiliency the team showed, with many players saying their legs were tired during the game.
The Tigers continue their push to again be conference champions this Thursday when they play at Baldwin-Woodville. The Tigers face another quality opponent out of the Big Rivers Conference next Tuesday. That’s when they’ll be playing at home against Eau Claire Memorial.