The Hatchet boys hockey team played two of the top two in the GNC last week and suffered a 9-1 Tuesday loss to Mosinee (6-1, 9-6) and an 8-2 Thursday defeat to Northland Pines (5-1, 9-5).
Pines led just 2-1 midway through the second period, but scored five unanswered in the third.
“Even though this is a loss, the boys played their best game of the season!” THS coach Chris Bembinster said. “ A small lapse in the third hurt us. Overall, we kept good pressure on them, and the best part of the game we killed a minute and a half of 5-on-3 off. They are working hard towards our goals and getting better as the season progresses!”
Jakob Panzer scored an unassisted goal with 10:10 gone in the second, and Coleman Bailey netted a Brandon Biever pass with :37 to go in the game.
Pines was paced by Connor Cox (1 G, 3 A), Jack Rhode (2 G, 1 A), Tyler Hunt (2 G, 1 A) and Ryon Ritzer (1 G, 2 A).
Saves – THS- Dan Hanke 9-30-17– 56. NP- Ethan Polich 7-5-7–19.
Tomahawk hung within 2-0 of Mosinee – one the GNC’s top teams – for a period, but the home team opened it up with a five-goal second that THS finally stemmed with its only goal of the game in the final minute of the period. Cayton Scholz scored unassisted.
The Indians added two in the third.
“This was a disappointing loss!” Bembinster said. “We started pretty strong in the first, but didn’t show up for the second and it hurt us bad. We, as coaches, know there is a much better team here, just have to find a way to make them see what we see!”
Saves – THS- Hanke 11-7-*–18, 7 G; Shawn Dirkx 0-0-6–6, 2 G. Mos- Nick Rogers 5-10-4–19.