Hockey Cards back on track

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Rob Reischel
Middleton's hockey team defeated Madison Memorial, 5-1, last Friday./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

The slide is over.

And Middleton’s hockey team hopes it’s back on track.

The Cardinals rolled past Madison Memorial, 5-1, last Friday and snapped a three-game losing streak.

Middleton, ranked seventh in the latest Wisconsin Prep Hockey poll, improved to 16-3 overall. The Cardinals are also 9-2 in the Big Eight Conference and lead second place Verona (8-2) by ½-game for the conference lead.

“I think the biggest thing for us getting back on track was getting back to the little things that made us successful,” Middleton coach Steffon Walby said. “I never would’ve thought playing Memorial would have been our breakout game, but the little added fire that playing inner-conference teams can add certainly allowed us to succeed and get back to winning.”
Middleton jumped to a 3-0 lead in the first period.

Jordan Hylbert struck first with an even strength goal on an assist from Alex Nisbet at 4:24. Colin Butler scored at 6:48 on assists from Justin Engelkes and Nolan Kouba to make it 2-0.

Griffin Gussell then scored on assists from Jake Livesy and Hylbert at 11:46 to make it 3-0.

Butler scored a power play goal at 3:22 in the second period to make it 4-0. Then midway through the third period, Casey Harper scored a power play goal on assists from Butler and Engelkes to make it 5-0.

Middleton goalie Tony Wuesthofen finished with 14 saves and notched the win.

“I think the secret to success is having good habits and to execute them on a daily basis,” Walby said. “Not only do you have to work hard in practice, but you also have to be prepared mentally to work hard every day that you show up at the rink. I think our squad got away from that, which allowed them to cherish the times that they were winning.”

• On deck: Middleton is at Madison La Follette/East Thursday at Hartmeyer Ice Arena at 8 p.m. The Cardinals then host Madison West Saturday at 8 p.m.

“We only have five games left in our schedule, but there are really going to be a few testers in there,” Walby said. “Not playing as many games in the last few weeks will help us be rested going into the playoffs.”

 

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