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Spartan hockey: Peterson nets overtime game-winner

Somerset senior Wyatt Schmit (23) gets set to take a faceoff during a recent Spartan game. Dave Newman / RiverTown Multimedia

Junior Jack Peterson took a pass from Wyatt Schmit and flipped a backhand shot over the shoulder of Eau Claire Regis goaltender Keaton Comero to give the Somerset boys hockey team a 2-1 win over Regis in Somerset on Friday, Jan. 12.

The win is the first in Middle Border Conference action this season for the Spartans. It raises the Spartans' overall season record to 5-12.

While it was low scoring, this game was filled with action. The overtime had added intensity when both teams had to kill off penalties.

Peterson scored the winner with 4:33 elapsed in the overtime. Ryan Kelly started the play with a pass up the boards to Schmit. Schmit saw Peterson charging toward the net and his pass hit Peterson in stride. Peterson hit the game-winner, his 20th goal of the season.

Peterson also scored the Spartans' first goal on Friday. Regis scored its only goal of the game at the 7:12 mark of the first period. Peterson tied the score almost exactly a period later. He made a power move down the right side of the rink, cutting in and putting the shot into the right upper corner of the goal.

Somerset goalie Francisco Gomez made 28 saves in the win.

"Francisco was definitely on his game," said Somerset coach Dan Gilkerson.

Somerset lost to Regis 5-3 early this season. Gilkerson said he hoped this win would help the Spartans gain some confidence. With less than a month until the WIAA playoffs, the Spartans will need to keep improving to help their seeding position in the playoffs.

The Spartans lost an MBC game last Tuesday at Baldwin-Woodville, 6-3. B-W took the lead with four minutes left in the first period. The Spartans tied the score with 18 seconds left in the period. Eli Tuttle got the tying goal, off a tip during a faceoff play run by the Spartans.

The last seven minutes of the second period decided the game. Somerset took three penalties in a span of less than three minutes. That opened the door for the Blackhawks to score three unanswered goals.

"We've got to stay more disciplined," Gilkerson said. "Our intensity was good, but we've just got to be smarter about it."

Peterson scored 6:26 into the third period to cut the margin to 4-2, but the Blackhawks netted the next two goals. Defenseman Dominic Abbott scored with 14 seconds left in the game for the Spartans.

"Dominic played really well. He's really been progressing," Gilkerson said.

The Spartans have a non-conference game scheduled for 7 p.m. this Thursday against Holy Angels. The game will be at the Richfield Ice Arena. The Spartans return to MBC play next Tuesday with a game at New Richmond.

Dave Newman

Dave Newman has been the sports editor at the New Richmond News since 1988. He has covered the action in the Middle Border Conference, Dunn-St. Croix Conference and Big Rivers Conference for more than 30 years.

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