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Wisconsin squads win five of six games on Opening Day at Natties

04/06/2017, 7:15pm CDT
By Michael Trzinski, WiPH Staff

Leonhard, Epperson, Gorniak, Steinmetz lead TW teams to wins


Boys Tier I (15 o): Team Wisconsin 5, Team North Dakota 1

TW jumped out to a 4-0 lead after 30 minutes of play en route to an easy 5-1 victory in Scottsdale.

Sam Stange, Drake Baldwin, and Spencer Kring each tallied a goal and an assist, along with two assists from Cole Danielson in the win. John Prokop and Jack Rhode each added scores. 

TW held a 44-15 shot edge, with Max Gutjahr stopping 14 shots to earn the win.

Boys Tier I (18U): Team Wisconsin 5, Neponset Valley River Rats 4

TW scored three goals in a span of five minutes early in the second period and hung on for a 5-4 win in the Steel City. Jordan Steinmetz and Jack Gorniak each scored a pair of goals while Ian Malcolmson chipped in with three assists and Jadon Motquin added a pair in the one-goal win.

Brandon Connett also scored for TW. Sam Dunn earned the win in net, but shots were not tallied at press time.

Boys Tier II (16U): Team Wisconsin 7, Santa Clara Blackhawks 1

Hunter Leonhard scored five points (4g-1a) to lead TW to a convincing win in Plano, TX. Wally Haines and Blake Carey each had a goal and a helper, and Andrew Malek also scored.

TW, who trailed 1-0 in the early going, outshot Santa Clara 52-25 in the game. Patrick Kelly made 24 saves for TW.

Girls Tier I (16U): Chicago Mission 3, Team Wisconsin 1

TW dropped a 3-1 decision to a tough Mission squad. Drew Deanovich scored the lone goal for TW in the Motor City.

Marie Dedert was in goal for TW, but shots/saves appear to have been reversed in the game. (Mission, according to the stats, held a 27-17 shot edge, but the sheet showed Dedert with only 14 saves.)

Girls Tier II (16U): Wisconsin Selects 6, South Dakota 1 

The Selects scored four times in the first and never looked back in the 6-1 win in Troy, MI. They were led by Taylor Epperson (3g) and Elizabeth Patton (2g). Victoria Nelson had a goal and two assists, while Michaela Fritz added a playmaker. Ivy Shonka stopped 10 shots in earning the win.

Girls Tier II (14U): Black Cats 5, Bay State Breakers 1 

The Black Cats (from western Wisconsin) beat the #4 team in the nation in Troy, MI opening round action. Nikki Olund led the 'Cats with two goals and a helper, while Taylor Wandschneider, Lillian Accola, and Bailey Williams all notched goals in the win.

The Black Cats held a 30-16 shot edge in the contest. Sydney Seeley (6) and Caitlyn Erickson (9) combined for 15 saves in the win.

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