Going up against the top-ranked boys’ hockey team in the state turned out to be too much for the Waupaca Comets.
The Comets fell to Bay Port 5-1 Feb. 20 at the Cornerstone Community Ice Center in Ashwaubenon after opening WIAA state tournament play Feb. 17 with a 4-3 win over Ashwaubenon.
Bay Port 5, Waupaca 1
ASHWAUBENON – The Pirates outshot the Comets 37-19 and scored three power play goals.
Kolton Huff gave Bay Port a 1-0 lead 1:20 into the game with the first power play goal and Logan Froberg made it 2-0 later in the period.
Austin Erickson put the Comets on the board off of an assist from Frankie Ellingson, but that turned out to be the Comets’ final goal of the season.
Colin Toneys scored for Bay Port in the second period and Martin Suda added a pair of scores in the third period.
“When you’ve got a really good hockey team like Bay Port is, that’s how those teams move up and down the ice,” coach Dave Crisman said. “We can do that with the numbers we have, but we just don’t have as much energy with size and that’s a big difference. They keep coming at you. In the end, we just didn’t get enough.”
Waupaca 4, Ashwaubenon 3
WAUPACA – Ashwaubenon came into the game at the Waupaca Ice & Expo Center with only three wins on the season, but gave the Comets all they could handle.
Erickson scored twice and added a pair of assists in the win, while Ellingson and Drew Simonson also found the net and Simonson, Ben Stone and Hunter Smith added an assist.
Erickson scored 1:11 into the game, but the Jaguars’ Max Benson tied the game with 25 seconds remaining in the first period.
Ellingson and Simonson scored off of assists from Erickson in the second period. Ashwaubenon’s Wyatt Verhagen cut the Comets’ lead to 3-2 in the third period, but Erickson came up with his second goal. Brendon Syed scored a late goal for the Jaguars to cap the scoring.
“Every team we play, it’s a battle,” Crisman said. “Whether we make mistakes or the other team makes mistakes, it always seems to come down to that one-goal game. We seem to let teams hang around a little too long and we’ve seen that all year. We know we have talent, we just have to really find a way to put teams away.”
Waupaca outshot the Jaguars 26-17 and Comet goalie Walker Smith finished with 14 saves.
The Comets finished 13-8-5.