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Three Power Play Goals Lift Oregon Past Mosinee

By WiPH Staff, 03/02/23, 3:30PM CST


Of the six semi-final matchups at the WIAA Boys and Girls State Tournaments, Mosinee and Oregon were the only one that hadn't previously met this season.

Both teams are lead by superlative scorers, Caden Schmirler for Mosinee had 45 goals and 15 assists, and Andrew Jicha had 39 goals and 17 assists for Oregon and both are riding hot goalies coming into the State Tournament with Mosinee's Aiden Karst sporting a .944 save percentage in three playoff games and Oregon's Nathan McAlapine holding a .977.

A tense, well play first period finally cracked late. Mosinee's Elliot Yirkosky took a five minute major for checking from behind, giving Oregon a long power play. They capitalized on that power play with just 8.4 seconds left in the frame when Andrew Jicha hit Jacob Cameron in front, and Cameron put it past Karst to second Oregon into the locker room with a 1-0 lead.

The extended the lead, still on the major power play. Schmirler took a penalty for Mosinee to give Oregeon a 5-on-3 advantage, and they capitalized again with Jicha scoring on a feed from Edgar Nieto.

Neither team would score again in the second, in fact neither could get much flow going in the remainder of the period as they had a parade to the penalty box, recording nine penalties between the two teams.

Unfortunately the nine penalties in the second period were nothing compared to the 20 in the third. Logan Leatherberry scored off the draw on one of the many power plays in the period to put Oregon up 3-0.

McAlpine had 17 saves in the shutout win for Oregon who will move on to face New Richmond on Saturday. Karst stopped 22 of 25 for Mosinee, with all three goals against being on the power play.

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