The Hatchet boys hockey season came to an end in the first round of playoffs Tuesday night with a 4-2 loss to Lakeland. The Thunderbirds had beaten Tomahawk a week earlier 3-0. Despite their best efforts, the Hatchets’ quest for redemption fell short.
“Well, that is the unfortunate end to our season,” THS coach Chris Bembinster said. “The boys definitely played the best game of the season! At one point we found ourselves down 3-0, but battled back to get within one. We also had a good chance with the goalie pulled near the end to tie it up, but couldn’t put it in. The coaches are extremely proud of this group of young men. They never gave up in this game. They all have come a long way this season!”
The T-Birds scored the only goal of the first period with 3:06 left on the clock. Lakeland scored its second goal early in the second period and tacked on another with 4:39 left to put Tomahawk in a 3-0 hole.
Patrick Setala scored unassisted for the Hatchets to get Tomahawk on the board with 1:15 left in the second period. With just 2:18 left in the game, Tomahawk drew to within one score on a goal from Cayton Scholz, assisted by Jakob Panzer and Max Bembinster. Lakeland salted the game away, however, tacking on an insurance goal in the final seconds of regulation.
Saves– THS- Dan Hanke 16-12-11–24. LUHS- Nathan Pitek 10-4-8–22.