Being the only division with enough teams to play out all the way to regional semi-finals, the boys in Division 1 played 19 games yesterday in the first test of the grand experiment with two division hockey.
#8 SPASH took on #9 Wisconsin Rapids at the top of the section 1 bracket for the right to play #1 Hudson in the regional final on Thursday. Rapids goalie Torger Stachurski did his damnedest to get the win for the Red Raiders stopping 50 shots in the 2-1 loss.
In the next game down #5 Eau Claire Memorial handled #12 East-Merrill Union 10-1, out shooting them 49-6 in the process. Big ups to senior defenseman Jack Piskula of EMU for getting them on the board.
The #4 Onalaska/La Crosse Hilltoppers out shot #13 Avalanche Co-op 59-12 en route to a 7-2 win and the right to host Eau Claire Memorial on Thursday. Senior goalie Jack Coleman had 52 saves in the loss for the Avalanche.
Continuing the theme #6 Eau Claire North beat #11 Ashland 10-0 for the right to move on and play conference rival #3 Chippewa Falls on Thursday. Stats for the game have not yet been entered.
And finishing up the section 1 bracket, #7 DC Everest beat #10 Northwest Icemen 6-2 to move on and play #2 Wausau West on Thursday. Stats for the game have not yet been entered.
#8 Sheboygan beat #9 West Bend 8-1 on the top of the section 2 bracket, and will move on to play #1 Notre Dame Academy on Thursday. Junior forward Maxx Davenport had the only goal of the game for West Bend, making the game a 1-1 tie early in the first.
#5 De Pere beat #12 Oshkosh 3-0 in the next game down the bracket. Senior goalie Connor Klett had 44 saves for the Ice Hawks in the loss. The Voyageurs will move on to face #4 Bay Port on Thursday.
#6 Ashwaubenon shut out the #11 Fox Cities Stars 6-0 and will move on to play #3 Neenah/Hortonville/Menasha, last year's state runner up.
And rounding out section 2 #7 Beaver Dam beat #10 Appleton United in a 6-5 barn burner, and will play #2 Fond du Lac in the next round. Junior forward Cam Dahl lead the way with a goal and two assists for Appleton in the loss.
#9 Madison Memorial pulled the only upset of the night, beating #8 Baraboo-Portage 3-1. Unfortunately, stats for the game have not yet been entered. Memorial will play #1 Verona on Friday.
#5 Madison West topped #12 DeForest 7-0, and will move on to play #4 Sauk Prairie on Thursdsay. Stats for the game have not been entered.
#4 Sauk Prairie downed #13 Madison LaFollete-East 10-2. Freshman Tobias Rothman and sophomore Owen Bieri scored for LaFollete-East in the loss.
#6 Middleton took down #11 Tomah/Sparta 7-2 and will face off with #5 Sun Prairie on Thursday in a battle of the Cardinals. Stats for the game have not been entered.
In a scare, and nearly the second upset in section 3, #7 Reedsburg-Wisconsin Dells scratched by #10 Monroe with a 1-0 victory. RWD will play #2 Madison Edgewood on Thursday. The game has not been scored.
#8 Brookfield squeaked by #9 Janesville at the top of the section 4 bracket and will play #1 Arrowhead on Friday. Junior forward Cayden Erickson led the way for the Bluebirds in the loss with two goals and an assist.
#5 Homestead shut out #12 Beloit Memorial 4-0 and will move on to play #4 Marquette on Friday. Junior goalie Aidan Wright had 33 saves in the loss for the Purple Knights.
#4 Marquette held #13 Kenosha to just two shots on goal in their 20-0 victory. To their credit, the Thunder kept their composure and only got whistled for one penalty all night. 11 different players scored goals for Marquette.
#6 Whitefish Bay-Nicolet-Shorewood downed #11 Milton 5-1 for the right to play #3 KMMO on Friday. Freshman Leo Studier talled the only goal for Milton in the loss.
And finally, #7 Waukesha beat #10 New Berlin 12-2 in the bottom game of the bracket. Junior Brady Dardis had both goals for New Berlin in the loss. Waukesha will face #2 USM on Friday.
So there you have it, the first of four rounds of playoff hockey is in the books. Were you surprised by any of the games on Tuesday? Let us know in the comments below.