Although they had to knock off a little rust, second-ranked Wausau West scored four times in the second period en route to a 5-0 win over host Marshfield Tuesday night at the Marshfield Ice Center.
The victory was the 500th career victory for West coach Pete Susens.
After being idle for nearly two weeks, West looked sluggish in the first period, even though a Tom Kilgore goal kicked things off just 1:20 into the game. The visitors managed 13 shots in the stanza, but freshman Tiger goalie Mac Alboreo steered aside a dozen of those to limit the West lead to 1-0 at the end of the period.
Garret Clemment and Kyle Lee scored 55 seconds apart midway through the second to build the margin to 3-0.
Seniors Ryan Condon and Brad Peterson each scored near the end of the period to account for the final 5-0 tally. Alboreo was credited with 17 saves in the period.
"In the second period we made some great plays breaking out of the zone and it really set up our offense," noted Susens. "We were able to use our speed then."
The final period was scoreless, but West had at least a half-dozen "pipes" in the final 17 minutes of play.
"We're still experimenting (with line combinations) a little bit," said Susens. "We did some things that I liked today, and we scored when we created the chances."
Lee had three assists for West, who improved to 8-1. Marshfield dropped to 3-8.
"I thought Kyle Lee had a good game through neutral ice and in the offensive end, and he could have had a couple more goals but he rang a couple off the pipes."
Alboreo played a fine game, stopping 34 of 39 shots, while West netminder David Knetter had nine saves on the other end.