In a boys’ hockey battle between two of the state’s top teams, the University School Wildcats defeated the Fond du Lac St. Mary’s Springs Ledgers 4-0 in a non-conference game on Saturday, January 6th at USM.
After a relatively easy 11-0 win over Kenosha in a Classic Eight Conference game the previous night, the Wildcats knew they were in for a tougher test on Saturday. The Ledgers came to Milwaukee with a solid 10-2-1 record. The Wildcats played well and made sure their guests left with an additional number in the loss column.
Robby Newton, an assistant captain for the Wildcats, said, “We knew it was a big game in our schedule all season, and we knew what we had to do to win. We came out really hot against a very good team. Our defense played great today, both offensively and defensively, helping us get the win. And now we look to our next challenge and keep going with the season.”
Patrick Kelly earned the shutout for USM, by making 21 saves. Kylar Fenton led the Wildcats with two goals, while Christian Blomquist and Casey Roepke each scored one.
The Wildcats scored their first goal at 11:57 of the first period. Forechecking below the goal line, Reid Woods got the puck in the right corner and passed it behind the Ledgers’ net to Tyler Herzberg. Herzberg sent it into the high slot where defenseman Kylar Fenton got it. Fenton quickly gunned a shot past Colin Ahern, Springs’ goalie, for what would be the eventually game winner.
Fenton scored his second goal of the game early in the second period. He took a D-to-D pass from Casey Roepke and took off like a jet on a mission. Fenton skated down the middle of the ice and into the Ledgers’ zone. As he approached the net, he cut to the right and fired a low shot into the net at 5:38.
The Wildcats added two goals to their winning total early in the third period. The first of these came on a power play at 1:34. As the Wildcats moved the puck in the Ledgers’ end, Blomquist took a pass from Newton in the left circle. Blomquist then blasted a shot through a screen to give USM a 3-0 lead. Blake Carey received an assist on the play.
The Wildcats scored their final goal a few minutes later. Carey chased down a loose puck deep in the Ledgers’ zone and skated out into the high slot. He took a low wrist shot at the net. The rebound popped to Newton near the left post. Newton knocked it across the crease to Roepke, who one-timed it in.
Jason Woods, USM’s head coach, talked about the game, “Just a really solid performance tonight against a really good Springs team. We talked all week about attention to detail and playing great defense and we really got that tonight. Our defense is eight deep and beyond talented, and Patrick Kelly has really solidified the goalie position. Now back to work to prepare for a huge tilt with Waukesha.”
St. Mary’s Springs is now 10-3-1 overall and 2-1-1 in the Badgerland Conference. The Ledgers face off against Appleton in a conference contest at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 11th at the Blue Line Center in Fond du Lac.
USM is 11-2 and 3-0 in the Classic Eight Conference. The Wildcats face another tough opponent when Waukesha comes to USM for a Classic Eight Conference game on Tuesday, January 9th.