The Waupaca Comet hockey team will have to play for the time being without Brad Navin.
The University of Wisconsin recruit injured his knee Thursday, Jan. 13, during the third period of the Comets’ 5-4 loss to Tomahawk and did not play Saturday, Jan. 15, in a 3-2 overtime win over Waupun.
The senior has a strained MCL, which could keep him out of action for four to six weeks, according to several Internet reports.
If that’s the case, he could return in time for the state tournament, which begins in mid-February.
Waupaca 3, Waupun 2 (OT)
WAUPUN – Bjorn Asher came up with the game-winning power play goal 4:18 into overtime.
Curt Hansen put the host Warriors on the board with 22 seconds remaining in the first period. Jared Erickson tied the game 5:39 into the second period off of an assist from Asher, who also scored a power play goal 6:41 into the third period off of an assist from Tyler Donaldson.
Waupun’s David Schlicting tied the game at 2-2 with a power play goal with 7:32 remaining in the game.
Waupaca outshot Waupun 49-26 and Comet goalie Zach Martin finished with 24 saves.
Tomahawk 5, Waupaca 4
TOMAHAWK – The Comets’ chances at a second straight Great Northern Conference championship took a big hit with a loss to the Hatchets.
Waupaca took a 2-1 lead into the second period, but the Hatchets outscored Waupaca 3-1 in the second to take a 4-3 lead into the final period.
Donaldson had a pair of goals and two assists for Waupaca, while Navin added a goal and three assists and Asher scored once and had two assists.
The Comets will host Stevens Point Pacelli at 7 tonight (Thursday, Jan. 20) at the Waupaca Expo Center and will travel to DePere Monday, Jan. 24, for an 8 p.m. nonconference matchup with West DePere.
Great Northern play resumes Saturday, Jan. 29, with a 3 p.m. home game against Northland Pines.