Menzies’ hat trick gives Comets a boost
By Greg Seubert
Jack Menzies had the hot hand – or hot stick – for the Waupaca boys’ hockey team in its Great Northern Conference matchup with Medford.
The sophomore forward scored the first three goals Dec. 15 in the Comets’ 5-1 win over the Raiders at the Simek Recreation Center.
Waupaca also handed Pacelli a 7-1 nonconference loss Dec. 13 at Stevens Point’s Ice Hawks Arena.
Waupaca 5, Medford 1
Waupaca improved to 2-2 in conference play and 5-2 overall.
Menzies’ first two goals helped the Comets take a 2-0 lead into the second period and his third goal gave the visitors a 3-0 advantage heading into the third period.
Sawyer Scholl’s goal cut Waupaca’s lead to 3-1, but Max Menzies and Hunter Smith added insurance goals later in the period.
Mitchell Trzebiatowski assisted on two of Waupaca’s goals, while Cody Rasmussen, Davis Levine, Jack Menzies and Smith added one each.
Goalie Ryan Kocovsky stopped 22 of Medford’s shots and Raider goalie Spenser Scholl finished with 30 saves.
Waupaca 7, Pacelli 1
Six Comets found the net in a win over Pacelli’s co-op team, which also includes players from Iola-Scandinavia, Amherst, Almond-Bancroft and Assumption high schools.
Jack Menzies put the Comets on the board with an unassisted goal, but the Cardinals’ Nick Hasler tied the score later in the first period.
Eugene Pliska and Rasmussen also scored in the opening period. Dakota Johnson scored in the second period and Smith, Rasmussen and Nick Grams added goals in the third.
Goalie Brett Berens made 13 saves and the Comets outshot Pacelli 34-14.
Weather caused the Comets’ Great Northern game with Lakeland to be postponed Dec. 17. Waupaca hosted Tomahawk Dec. 20 and will return to De Pere’s Cornerstone Ice Center Thursday, Dec. 22, for an 8:30 p.m. nonconference matchup with Green Bay United. Waupaca is then off until the Comets travel to Schofield Tuesday, Jan. 3, to face D.C. Everest.