The University School boys’ hockey team defeated St. Mary’s Springs 4-0 in a non-conference game on Saturday, January 14th at the Blue Line Family Ice Center in Fond du Lac.
Frank Fee, USM’s sophomore goaltender, made 28 saves on the way to the shutout. Junior Will Kennedy scored two goals for the Wildcats while seniors Nick Epperson and Brandon McGill each scored one for the victors.
“I’m really happy with today's game,” said Jason Woods, USM’s head coach. “We continue to get strong goaltending, and we are playing great team defense. One goal allowed in the last four games makes a coaching staff excited. I’m really impressed with our resiliency. We are not a healthy bunch by a long stretch but no let down at all. Lots of people are contributing to our victories. I am excited to get back at it this week.”
The shot totals in the game were nearly equal. St. Mary’s Springs outshot USM 28-27, but the Wildcats were able to score on four of their shots.
It took the Wildcats a while to get their first goal. They scored it late in the first period. Forechecking in the left corner of the Ledgers’ zone, sophomore Andrew Malek tied up a defenseman. Kennedy moved in and pulled the puck away. He swung up the near boards, curled into the circle, and fired a shot. Colin Ahern, the Ledgers’ junior goalie, stopped it. The puck fell to the near post. As players tangled for it, Kennedy swept in, snagged the puck, and spun around the back of the net and stuffed in a wraparound shot at 3:45.
The Wildcats scored their second goal at 9:47 of the second period. Taking a faceoff in the USM end, senior Logan Geisness drew it to the center to Epperson. He took off and outraced the Springs players to the other end of the ice. He skated in on Ahern, cut to the left and snapped a shot into the net.
USM added two more goals in the third period. The Wildcats began the period on the power play and soon took advantage of their man advantage. McGill scored the power play goal at 0:27 to give USM breathing room with a 3-0 lead.
Kennedy finalized USM’s scoring at 9:53 off an assist by freshman defenseman Casey Roepke.
The Wildcats completed the week with three straight wins. They now have a 10-4 overall record and are 2-2 in the Classic Eight Conference. USM hosts Kettle Moraine/Mukwonago in a conference game at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, January 20th.