Hockey Cards secure No. 1 seed

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Rob Reischel
Justin Engelkes and Middleton's hockey team are the No. 1 seed in their sectional./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

The memory of 2015 still stings.

Middleton’s hockey team was the No. 1 seed in its sectional last winter. But in the sectional finals, the Cardinals were upended by second-seeded Madison Memorial and fell short of a trip to state.

Middleton is determined not to let that happen again in 2016.

The Cardinals received the No. 1 seed in their sectional one again. Middleton earned a first round bye, then hosts the winner of eighth-seeded Monona Grove or ninth-seeded Oregon on Feb. 19 at Capitol Ice Arena at 8 p.m.

The sectional semifinals are Feb. 23 and the sectional finals are Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. at Sun Prairie Ice Arena.

While Middleton was the No. 1 seed in the sectional, its path to state won’t be easy. Madison Edgewood is seeded second, followed by Waunakee, Verona, Sun Prairie, Madison Memorial, Madison West, Monona Grove, Oregon, DeForest, McFarland and Madison La Follette/East.

“Certainly our path is a tough one,” Middleton coach Steffon Walby said. “We have a lot of good teams in our section.”

Middleton appears to be playing terrific hockey again, though, after suffering a three-game losing streak last month.

The Cardinals rolled past Monona Grove, 9-1, last Thursday and improved to 19-3 on the season.

Justin Engelkes had three goals, while Garrett Graf had two goals and an assist. Davis Bunz, Preston Lewis, Braxton Walby and Jordan Hylbert all added goals, as well, while Colin Butler had two assists.

Tony Wuesthofen notched the win.

“We need to finish strong, keeping up good work ethic, and good habits,” Steffon Walby said. “Hopefully these men haven’t forgot about last year, and are a little bit hungrier. Time will tell.”

• On deck: Middleton hosts Verona Thursday at 8 p.m., then is at Brookfield/Catholic Memorial Saturday at 6:30 p.m.


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