Two romps for Tiger boys
After three relatively easy games, the New Richmond boys hockey team gets back to some tough competition this Thursday.
On Thursday the Tigers host Shattuck, a Minnesota private school that is one of the best launching pads for hockey careers in the United States.
The Tigers will be facing Shattuck's varsity team, the second level team at the school. Shattuck's elite team is ranked number one in the nation among Midget AAA teams and their varsity team is ranked 36th in the nation.
"It's undoubtedly comparable to facing an all-conference team from the Big Rivers," said New Richmond coach Adam Swanda. "I'd say their varsity team is better than Rochester John Marshall and that's no disrespect to John Marshall."
On Saturday the Tigers get another good challenge. They travel to the Milwaukee area to face Homestead. Homestead is currently ranked as an honorable mention team in the state ratings, with a 10-2-2 record.
The Tigers are coming off two one-sided wins last week, over Amery and Rice Lake. On Thursday the Tigers bulldozed Amery 9-1 and they followed that with a 10-1 win at Rice Lake on Saturday.
In both games, the score was close through the first period, before the Tigers erupted to break the game open in the second period.
Dan Bergman led the Tigers with three goals against Amery, all in the second period. Josh Calleja scored twice and four other Tigers also lit the lamp.
Against Rice Lake, the Tigers' top line of Calleja, Bergman and Elmer was responsible for the team's first seven goals. Calleja scored five of the goals. Elmer finished with one goal and three assists and Bergman supplied one goal and two assists.
The Tigers have been able to play all four lines through the last three games, which helps the team's depth.
Swanda said he wasn't concerned that these games appeared close after one period. He said that when the team starts seeing more difficult competition, he expects that the team will be more prepared at the start of the game.
New Richmond 9, Amery 1
First Period: 1. NR, Josh Calleja (Dan Bergman, Tyler Hanson) 6:07. 2. Amery, Nate Smith (Ryan Goodmanson, Corey Measner) pp 10:46.
Second Period: 3. NR, Bergman (Justin Elmer) 6:04. 4. NR, Bergman (Calleja, Elmer) 7:00. 5. NR, Ken Walters (Kyle Ensign) 8:23. 6. NR, Bergman (Jimmy Burke, Calleja) pp 9:42. 7. NR, Chris Ellevold (Ensign) 8:23.
Third Period: 8. NR, Burke (Elmer) :15. 9. NR, Phil Doyle (un) 13:50. 10. NR, Calleja (Brandon Larson, Doyle) 14:38.
Saves: Amery (Adam Lefler) 24; New Richmond (Matt Knutson) 18.
New Richmond 10, Rice Lake 1
First Period: 1. NR, Justin Elmer (un) 7:08. 2. NR, Josh Calleja (un) pp 9:34.
Second Period: 3. NR, Calleja (Dan Bergman) :12. 4. NR, Calleja (Elmer, Bergman) 1:02. 5. NR, Calleja (un) 5:45. 6. Rice Lake, Luke Chilson (un) sh 11:30. 7. NR, Bergman (Calleja, Elmer) 13:37.
Third Period: 8. NR, Calleja (Bergman) 5:46. 9. Ken Walters (Jim Burke, Kyle Dove) 11:12. 10. NR, Walters (Burke, Dove) pp 15:32. 11. NR, Dove (Elmer, Kyle Ensign) pp 16:24.
Saves: Rice Lake (Christian Heldstab) 33; New Richmond (Matt Page) 10.