Waupaca will have to hit the road for the first round of the boys’ state hockey tournament.
The Comets are seeded fifth in their sectional and will play fourth-seeded Bay Port at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, at the Cornerstone Ice Center in Ashwaubenon for a regional championship. The winner of that game will likely face top-ranked Green Bay Notre Dame Tuesday, Feb. 19, in a sectional semifinal, also at the Cornerstone.
Waupaca also picked up two Great Northern Conference wins over Lakeland and Mosinee, but came up short against Antigo. The Comets fell to Antigo 3-2 Feb. 4, shut out Lakeland 4-0 Feb. 2 in Minocqua and handed Mosinee a 4-1 defeat Jan. 29 at the Waupaca Expo Center.
Antigo 3, Waupaca 2
WAUPACA – Jared Erickson scored both of Waupaca’s goals off of assists from Brandon Bolen, Beau Ash and Caleb Kiesow.
The teams were tied 1-1 after one period and 2-2 after two periods, Antigo’s Jackson Charlesworth broke the tie with a goal with 10:14 remaining in the game.
Antigo outshot the Comets 43-35.
Waupaca 4, Lakeland 0
MINOCQUA – Erickson, Kiesow, Sam Menzies and Austin Erickson found the net for the Comets, while Ryan Thern added a pair of assists and Menzies and Jared Erickson finished with one each.
Comet goalie Walker Smith recorded his second shutout of the Thunderbirds this season by stopping all 27 of Lakeland’s shots on goal. Waupaca outshot Lakeland 34-27.
Waupaca 4,Mosinee 1
WAUPACA – Jared Erickson, Kiesow, Menzies and Frankie Ellingson scored for Waupaca, while Erickson assisted on two goals and Kiesow assisted on another.
“For these seniors, this is their last game against Mosinee, so it’s special for them,” coach Dave Crisman said. “I know they’re excited. It just confirms some of the things we’ve been working on. It’s starting to pay dividends in having the confidence to shoot, attack and do good things against good teams.”
Smith stopped 39 of Mosinee’s 40 shots on goals.
“He’s going to have some bumps in the road,” Crisman said. “It’s hard to get a shutout. When you can drop your goals-against average, you win a lot of hockey games that way.”