Hockey Cards take their lumps

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Rob Reischel
Ross Johnson and Middleton's hockey team dropped three games last week./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

Their fast start is now a distant memory.

Today, Middleton’s hockey team is in survival mode.

The Cardinals raced to a 15-0 start this season. But the worm turned last week and Middleton lost three consecutive games.

The Cardinals fell to Janesville, 1-0, last Tuesday. Sun Prairie then defeated Middleton, 5-3, last Thursday.

Finally, Madison Edgewood toppled Middleton, 2-1, last Saturday.

“Thank goodness last week is over,” Middleton coach Steffon Walby said. “We took our lumps and all three games.

“We’re still in a good spot. We earned the right to have a tough week, but what it really comes right down to is we’ve got to get back to being cohesive as an overall unit.”

Janesville goalie Jack Bostedt made 39 saves, while Tyler Kulas had a power play goal in the second period.

Tony Wuesthofen had 22 saves for Middleton.

“I’ve got to give our defensive corps a lot of credit,” Janesville coach John Mauermann said. “They were really consistent. This is a big win for our team.”

Two nights later, Middleton dug itself a 5-1 hole and lost at Sun Prairie.

Sun Prairie built a 2-0 lead after the first period. Middleton’s Nolan Kouba scored at 12:25 of the second period on an assist by Justin Engelkes to close within 2-1.

But Sun Prairie scored two more goals before the second period ended, then made it 5-1 midway through the second period.

Middleton’s Jordan Hylbert scored on an assist from Troy Reifsteck at 12:03. Then Zach Heidel scored on assists from Casey Harper and Reifsteck at 15:37 to make it 5-3.

But it was too little, too late for Middleton.

“Sun Prairie really played us tough and they capitalized on all of our mistakes,” Walby said. “They really have a solid goaltender that once you get down by two or three goals it’s tough to come back.”

The Cardinals’ slide hit three games when they lost to host Edgewood last Saturday.

The Crusaders scored a pair of goals in the first period to take control early.

Middleton’s Hylbert scored an even strength goal on an assist by Harper just 32 seconds into the third period. But Middleton couldn’t score again and lost its third straight game.

“I thought the game against Edgewood we played really really well,” Walby said. “We battled for all three periods. But there again is the case that you can’t spot a team a two-goal lead when they have a phenomenal goaltender.

“Sometimes there’s good wins, sometimes there’s good losses, sometimes there’s tough losses, sometimes there’s good losses. We really deserved to win that game.”

• On deck: Middleton is at Madison Memorial Friday at 8 p.m.


Jan. 12

Janesville 1, Middleton 0

Janesville …….............…… 0 1 0 — 1

Middleton …............……… 0 0 0 — 0

Second period: J — Kulas (PP), 13:23.

Saves: J (Bostedt) 39; M (Wuesthofen) 22.


Jan. 14

Sun Prairie 5, Middleton 3

Middleton ………........…… 0 1 2 — 3

Sun Prairie ……......……… 2 2 1 — 5

First period: SPHS — Uttech (Halbleib, Weisensel), 4:57; SPHS — Hagerman (Kurtz, Behnke), 15:09.

Second period: M — Kouba (Engelkes), 13:25; SPHS — Gardner (Hagerman, McCrary) (PP), 14:29; SPHS — Weisensel (Uttech, Baker), 14:36.

Third period: SPHS — Uttech , 9:11; M — Hylbert (Reifsteck), 13:03; M — Heidel (Reifsteck, Harper), 15:37.

Saves: M (Wuesthofen 10, Vodenlich 7) 17; SPHS (Dunn) 28.


Jan. 16

Madison Edgewood 2, Middleton 1

Middleton ………....……… 0 0 1 — 1

Madison Edgewood …..….. 2 0 0 — 2

First period: ME — Tancill (Reichenbacher, Weis), 4:40; ME — Tancill (Reichenbacher, Weis), 6:08.

Third period: M — Hylbart (Harper), 0:37.

Saves: M (Wuesthofen) 17; ME (Mohs) 33.




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