Waupaca’s boys’ hockey team picked up recent Great Northern Conference wins over Medford and Tomahawk, but had to settle for a tie with Waupun in a nonconference matchup.
Waupaca and Waupun skated to a 2-2 tie Jan. 23. The Comets also defeated Medford 5-4 Jan. 22 and picked up a 7-1 win Jan. 20 over Tomahawk.
Waupaca 2, Waupun 2 (OT)
Adrian Harmsen gave Waupun a 1-0 lead in the first period, but Waupaca’s Austin Erickson tied the game 12 seconds into the second period off of an assist from Frankie Ellingson.
Brady Beekman gave Waupun a 2-1 lead later in the period, but the Comets’ Ben Stone tied the game in the third period on a power play goal, with Drew Simonson getting credit for the assist.
Neither team scored in overtime.
Waupun outshot the Comets 44-32 and Waupaca goalie Walker Smith finished with 42 saves.
Waupaca 5, Medford 4
Medford took a 2-1 lead into the second quarter at the Simek Recreation Center. The Raiders’ Jack Schafer found the net 25 seconds into the game, but Max Menzies scored a minute later off of assists from Erickson and Ellingson.
Jacob Kadlecek scored for Medford later in the period.
Waupaca took the lead for good with three unassisted goals in the second period. Erickson tied the game with an unassisted short-handed goal, Menzies scored off of an assist from Nick Grams and Elliot Crisman gave the Comets a 4-2 lead off of an assist from Hunter Smith.
Medford’s Spenser Scholl cut the lead to 4-3 later in the period, but Erickson gave Waupaca a 5-3 advantage heading into the third period with his second unassisted goal.
Schafer scored the game’s only goal in the third period.
Waupaca outshot the Raiders 77-22 and Smith had 18 saves.
Waupaca 7, Tomahawk 1
Ellingson scored three of his four goals in the first period as the Comets took a 3-1 lead into the second period.
Menzies and Erickson picked up a pair of assists in the first period, while Simonson had one.
Erickson and Smith scored for Waupaca in the second period off of assists from Menzies, Erickson and Cannon Hermanson. Ellingson and Crisman scored unassisted goals in the third period.
Smith and Ryan Kacovsky teamed up to save 26 of Tomahawk’s 27 shots. Waupaca had 38 shots on goal.
The Comets hosted Antigo Jan. 27 and will host Northland Pines at 6:45 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, at the Waupaca Ice & Expo Center. Waupaca will also travel to De Pere Friday, Jan. 30, for an 8 p.m. nonconference game. The Comets will return to GNC play at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3, at home against Mosinee.