Hockey Cardinals earn No. 3 seed

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Rob Reischel
Middleton's hockey team earned the No. 3 seed in its sectional./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

Middleton’s hockey team received the No. 3 seed in its sectional. But few teams anywhere are playing as well as the Cardinals.

Middleton won a pair of games last week and pushed its winning streak to five games. The Cardinals defeated Cedarburg, 8-1, last Tuesday and toppled Beloit Memorial, 3-2, last Friday.

Middleton improved to 13-7 overall and is 7-5 in the Big Eight Conference.

“The overall buzz is pretty good,” Middleton coach Steffon Walby said of his team. “The team is starting to gel and commit to each other. They are really pushing and motivating each other.”

Verona received the No. 1 seed in the sectional, while Sun Prairie, Middleton, Madison Edgewood and Madison West rounded out the top five. Oregon is seeded sixth, followed by Madison Memorial, Waunakee, Monona Grove, McFarland and Madison La Follette/East.

Middleton received a first round bye, then hosts either No. 6 Oregon or No. 11 Madison La Follette/East in a regional final Feb 17 at 8 p.m. at Capitol Ice Arena.

The sectional semifinals are Feb. 21 and the sectional finals are Feb. 24 at Capitol Ice Arena at 8 p.m.

“It is what it is,” Walby said of the seeds.

In Middleton’s win over Cedarburg, Justin Engelkes had three goals and an assist, while Connor Julius had three goals. Nick Lindberg and Michael Wolfinger both added goals, as well.

Zach Heidel had four assists, while Jake Feldt and Troy Reifsteck both had three assists. Preston Lewis, Dane Sjowell, Colin Butler and Engelkes all added one assist.

The Cardinals then scored a pair of goals in the final eight minutes to rally from a 2-1 deficit and topple Beloit Memorial.

Heidel, who finished the night with a hat trick scored the game-winning goal with 1:41 left in the game. Both Feldt and Reifsteck assisted on the play.

Heidel scored midway through the second period to give Middleton a 1-0 lead. The Purple Knights then scored twice in the first 5:23 of the third period to take a 2-1 lead.

But Heidel then had an unassisted goal at 8:51 of the third period to tie the game. Then just 6 ½ minutes later, Heidel notched the game-winner.

“As a coach the growth is rewarding,” Walby said. “To see them where they are means you are seeing the fruits of your labor.”

 

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