Junior forward Filip Chlupac scored twice and three other players had two points apiece as #2 seed Ashwaubenon fought past #3 seed Green Bay United 6-4 Tuesday evening in sectional five semi-final play at the Cornerstone Community Center.
The Jags ( 21-4) got on the board first when Nick LeSage scored from the backdoor on a nice pass from Mason Appleton at the 8:17 mark.
The Gryphons tied the game with 46 seconds left in the period on a goal by Ryan Garner. Assists were awarded to Evan Janssen and Luke Karakas.
Before the fans could even re-seat themselves, GBU scored again to make it 2-1. With just 14 ticks left, Garner scored for the second time when Ashwaubenon goalie Ryan Wischow was out of position from a previous save and couldn't recover to stop the Garner shot. Jay Routheau tallied a helper on the play.
GBU held an 11-6 shot edge over the Jags in the period.
The middle stanza was all Ashwaubenon as the Jags scored an amazing five goals, including three in a span of 85 seconds.
Chlupac scored on a power play goal at the 5:54 mark when his shot from the left circle snuck between the post and GBU goalie Will Griswold's right pad to tie the game at two. Matt Berkovitz got an assist on the score.
Less than a minute later at 6:43, Janssen gave GBU a short-lived 3-2 when he flipped a wedge-type shot from the low slot over Wischow for an unassisted goal.
The Jags took advantage of another power play at 7:59.
Berkovitz took a shot from the "middle" point, and although it appeared to be re-directed by Cal DeRosier, Berkovitz was given credit, with an assist to LeSage to make it 3-3.
Less than a minute later, Griswold made two acrobatic saves, but was unable to stop a third shot as Austin Berkovitz's shot from the left circle beat the GBU goalie high on the stick side to give the Jags a 4-3 lead at the 8:40 mark. DeRosier and Jordan Carpenter earned helpers on the chance.
Chlupac would end Griswold's night when he scored at the 9:24 mark, with help from Appleton. The Gryphons took a time out and sent in Thomas Tremblay at goal trailing 5-3.
Exactly three minutes later, Joey Faulhauber scored from the left dot to make it 6-3. Colton Wesoloski and Dylan Michell were given assists.
Not to be outdone, GBU (20-5) got a nice goal from Karakas, who skated across the slot from right to left, drawing the goalie along and then sliding it through the enlarged five slot to cut the lead to 6-4.
The period would end with the Jags outshooting GBU, 13-10.
The third period was scoreless, but the action went from end to end from the drop of the puck until the final horn.
DeRosier tried to increase the lead, but his 2-on-1 shot was knocked aside by Tremblay about five minutes in.
Three minutes later, GBU was trying to work a power play but the puck got knocked back into their defensive zone. Tremblay came out to cover the puck, only to have a Jag player bounce into and over him, causing some pushing and shoving in the crease area, but no penalties were called.
With about 5 1/2 minutes to play, the Jags came down on a 2-on-1 and LeSage took a shot from the low left circle, only to have the puck bounce off the left post and sit in the crease area. Before the goalie could locate it, an alert GBU defenseman sent the puck into the neutral zone to deny the threat.
Peace would reign for a few more minutes, and then Ashwaubenon called time out with 1:30 left and GBU pulled the goalie for an extra skater.
With about 44 seconds left, Wischow covered a puck in the crease and got piled on by a couple GBU players. The goalie took exception and some words were excahnged, but once again, the officials took control of the game by use of words instead of penalties.
The period ended without further incident as the Jags held a 9-6 shot advantage.
In the game, Wischow stopped 23 shots in the winning effort. For GBU, Griswold (9) and Tremblay (13) combined for 22 saves.
Ashwaubenon will meet #1 seed Notre Dame Academy Saturday at the Appleton Family Ice Center for the right to represent Sectional 5 at state.
Game time is 8:00.