Hockey: Tiger Bantam A team is state champion; many teams compete at state
Youth hockey state championships have been happening all over Wisconsin the past two weekends and area teams have produced a great deal of success. That was topped by a state championship performance by the New Richmond Bantam A team.
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Bantam A state champs
The New Richmond Tiger Bantam A hockey team had a challenging and successful season, capped by the Bantam 2A state championship.
The team worked hard all year, which led to improvement throughout the season. The team participated in Minnesota District 2 Bantam A League, which historically possesses some of the strongest teams in the state. The Tigers competed in district games with notable wins over top teams Mounds View/Irondale (first place) and Roseville (second place) late in the season.
The Tigers represented New Richmond hockey by placing in all four tournaments they played with three first place finishes. The Tigers finished as consolation champions in the New Richmond Kittel/Parin POW/MIA Memorial Tournament, only falling to tournament champions Park-Cottage Grove (No. 11 Minn.).
In December, the Tigers won the Chippewa Falls Bantam A Tournament with notable wins over Eau Claire (No. 6 Wis.) and Rice Lake. The Tigers finished in first place at the Baldwin Bantam A Tournament with notable wins over Hudson and Dubuque (Iowa).
The Tigers also took first place at the Rice Lake Bantam A Tournament with notable wins over Hayward, historic Minnesota hockey program Eveleth, and Rice Lake in the championship.
The Tigers' strength of schedule, the second most difficult schedule in Wisconsin, helped the team prepare for their goal of qualifying and winning the WAHA State Championship. The Tigers qualified for state by defeating River Falls 6-2 and Onalaska 6-0.
The Tigers traveled to Green Bay to participate in the state tournament. The Tigers defeated Eagle River 13-1 in the quarterfinals to face off against top-seeded Fox Valley (37-2-2). The Tigers stunned a veteran team with all ninth graders 4-3 to advance to the finals. This set up a repeat championship game from two years ago when the Tigers lost to Elmbrook for the Peewee 2A title. The Tigers cruised to a 7-1 victory to capture the Bantam 2A State Championship.
The team ended with an overall 26-12-0 record and finished with rankings of No. 1 Wisconsin 2A division and No. 2 WAHA Bantam A overall. The Tigers are also proud of notable wins over state champions from Hudson (1A) and Amery (3A).
The New Richmond Peewee B team took second place at 2019 WAHA State Championships, falling to the Elmbrook Eagles 4-1 in the championship game held in Janesville. The Tigers won their first two games to reach the title game. The Tigers opened the tournament with a 4-1 win over Mosinee. In the semifinals, the Tigers defeated DePere, 6-0.
The New Richmond Squirt B team was the third place finisher at its state tournament on March 2-3 at Wisconsin Rapids. The Tiger Squirts opened the tournament by defeating Mosinee, 4-0. Fox Valley was the opponent in the semifinals, where the Tigers were topped, 4-2. New Richmond drew South Wood County in the third place game and the Tigers won decisively, 8-2.
The PeeWee C team played in the 1C division after defeating Eau Claire last month to be the Region 6 champs. The weekend started off with a 6-2 win for the Tigers over Stevens Point. In the semifinals, the Tigers lost to Milwaukee's Winter Club 11-4.
The Tigers played for third place against the tournament hosts, Chippewa Falls, and lost 7-3, taking fourth place. The team's coaches this season were head coach Joe Bentley and assistant coach Kelsy Rea.
The New Richmond Squirt A team hosted its state tournament. The Tigers took fourth place among the eight teams competing in the tournament. The Tigers opened the tournament with a 7-0 win over Rice Lake. The Tigers then lost to Elmbrook, 7-1. In the third place game, the Tigers were defeated by Fox Valley, 7-1.
The New Richmond Squirt C team placed sixth in its state tournament. Held on March 2-3 at Neenah. New Richmond opened the tournament by facing Janesville, the eventual state champion. The Tigers lost in overtime, 2-1. The Tigers bounced back with a 2-1 win over Kenosha. In the fifth place game, the Tigers were defeated by Elmbrook, 6-1.
Somerset Squirt B
The Somerset Squirt B Black team beat Waupaca and Marshfield to make it to its championship game. The Spartans lost to Sauk Prairie 3-0 on March 3 to take home second place.
The Western Wisconsin Stars U10 team took fourth place in its state tournament played at Ozaukee on March 2-3. The Stars opened the tournament with a victory over Wausau. That was followed by losses against River Falls and Winter Club.
The U14 Western Wisconsin Stars played one of the longest games in state history in the opening round of their state tournament. The Stars' game against Green Bay went into a seventh overtime before the deciding goal was scored. Green Bay scored with 1:18 remaining in the seventh eight-minute overtime period to defeat the Stars, 2-1. Stars goaltender Lauren Sobczak made 81 saves in the game.
The weary Stars lost their next two games in the tournament to finish in eighth place.
Somerset Peewee B
The Somerset Peewee B team took second place in its WAHA 12U 3B tournament in Rhinelander. The Spartans started the tournament by besting Marshfield 9-1. In the semifinals, Somerset defeated Shawano, 7-5. The title game against Waupaca was a nail-biter. Waupaca scored early in the first period. That's where the scoring stopped, with Waupaca winning the championship game, 1-0.
Somerset Peewee A
The Somerset Peewee A played in the WAHA 12U 3A state tournament in Oshkosh on March 9-10. Somerset opened the tournament by defeating Waupaca, 5-0. In the semifinals, Somerset defeated Lakeland, earning a spot in the championship game against Sauk Prairie. The Spartans tried to come back after Sauk Prairie had a fast start, but Somerset fell in the title game, 8-4.
Somerset Bantam A
The Somerset Bantam A team played in the 14U 3A state tournament in Amery on March 2-3. The Spartans looked great in their first game, scoring 14 goals in a win over Waupaca. Somerset fell to Black River Falls in the semifinals, 4-3 in overtime. In the third place game, Somerset lost to Waupun, 9-3.
New Richmond Bantam B
The New Richmond Bantam B hockey team won the consolation championship in its state hockey tournament. The Tigers also placed third in the Minnesota District 2 competition.