After a 2-1 loss to Saint Mary's Springs in the opening round of the Badgerland Conference Tournament, the Waupun Warriors were unhappy with their effort in their second round 3-0 loss to the Fox Cities Stars.
They turned that around in the 7th place game and rolled to an 8-0 win over the Shawano/Bonduel/Clintonville Hawks.
"The kids were the change for Saturday's game," said Warriors coach Nick Tank. "They knew that they had under performed against FCS and were disappointed with themselves. They came into the Game Saturday morning much more focused."
The Warriors struck early, just two minutes into the game. Cyler Ruis fired a shot from the point and Nate Batzler was all over it for the tip-in goal.
Ruis would add a goal of his own at the 9:08 mark. Batzler worked the defense wide into the corner and got around him, hitting Ruis out front for the tap in goal to make it 2-0.
Cade Hartgerink made it 3-0 at 2:25 of the second with a shot from the high slot. It deflected off a Shawano defenseman's stick and in.
Haiden Rieder won a puck battle in front of the net to tally Waupun's fourth goal at the 9:56 mark of the second period.
Batzler would pick up his second goal at 13:02 of the second. Mason Holz beat the defense to a non-icing behind the head, and hit Batzler out front for the goal.
Batzler picked up his hat trick and put the game in running time 2:47 into the third period. Holz would add a goal of his own two minutes later, and Haiden Rieder would pick one up as time wound down to make the final 8-0.
"I have to give the Shawano kids a ton of credit. They kept their composure even after the game started to tilt," said Tank. "That's a credit to both them and the coaching staff. It's not easy to play in games like that. They have done a good job all year!"
Sophomore Dylan Prochaska had 45 saves in the loss for Shawano. He has faced 50 or more shots in 10 of his 17 games these season.
Badgerland Conference Player of the Year Tyler Fromolz had 11 saves in the win for Waupun.
"Tyler is the type of player that every coach wants on his team. His complete level is ultra high, whether it is in practice or the game," said Tank. "He wants to stop every shot all the time. He works hard on and off the ice being named a scholar athlete for the Badgerland Conference as well! He is our team leader, and gives us a chance in every game that we play in."