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Pee Wees take seventh at state tournament, finish strong
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The Antigo Pee Wee hockey team didnít finish as high as they would have liked at last weekendís WAHA 3A state tournament in Amery, but a seventh place finish was tempered with a dominating 12-1 win over Stoughton in the seventh place game.

Antigo opened tournament play late Saturday morning, taking on a team they were certainly familiar with in the Lakeland Hawks. The contest ended in similar fashion to the prior meetings with the Hawks, as Lakeland emerged 8-2 winners.

The game was close until late in the second period, as Antigo trailed 3-1. Mason Berg had provided the lone offense for the Jr. Robins to that point, with an assist from Joe Volpentesta. Lakeland netted a score with just three minutes remaining in the frame, and added another with a minute and a half to go to break the game open. Trevin Walbeck would later add an unassisted goal for Antigoís final tally. Nolan Bunnell stopped 26 Lakeland shots in net.

The loss sent the Antigo Pee Wees to the consolation bracket, where they matched up with Amery in an exciting game.

Antigo started fast, scoring just nine seconds into the contest, as Walbeck put home a rebound off an Eli Kassler shot attempt. Amery tied the game with 3:49 to go in the second, but Antigo went back in front early in the third, and this time it was Walbeck assisting Kassler. Amery again answered, scoring two minutes later to tie the game and took their first lead with six and a half minutes to go in the period. Kassler snagged an unassisted goal to make it a 3-3 contest, but an Amery goal with just 35 seconds on the second period clock made it 4-3 in favor of the Warriors heading into the third.

Amery grabbed a two goal advantage midway through the period, but the Jr. Robins were not done.

With four players in the box, Antigo used their speed to their advantage with plenty of open ice in a three on three situation, and Walbeck would take a nice feed from Landon Nelson and snipe a shot over the Amery goaltenderís left shoulder, and the Jr. Robins were back in it. Antigo pulled their goaltender late and had several scoring opportunities, but it was not meant to be in a tough one goal loss. Antigo outshot Amery 35-23 for the game, with Bunnell making 18 saves in net.

The loss left the Antigo Pee Wees in the seventh place game Sunday morning against Stoughton and Antigo would certainly close their tournament run on a high note, dominating the Vikings from start to finish in a 12-1 victory.

Antigo put up six first period goals, and added four in the second and two in the third period.

Kassler had a huge game, with three goals for a hat trick and five assists for a playmaker. Walbeck netted a playmaker as well with four assists and snagged two goals. Reed Kuenzli added two goals and an assist, Zach Roth had a goal and an assist, Berg netted a goal and an assist, with Volpentesta, Paden Michalik and Riley Leveque also finding the back of the net. Bunnell just missed out on the shutout, stopping 12 of 13 Stoughton shots.

Waupun would go on to win the state title, defeating Somerset 5-1 in the championship game. Lakeland took third, needing overtime to get past Monroe 5-4. The consolation title went to Waupaca, who took down Amery 3-1.
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Pee Wees take seventh at state tournament, finish strong
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The Antigo Pee Wee hockey team didnít finish as high as they would have liked at last weekendís WAHA 3A state tournament in Amery, but a seventh place finish was tempered with a dominating 12-1 win over Stoughton in the seventh place game.

Antigo opened tournament play late Saturday morning, taking on a team they were certainly familiar with in the Lakeland Hawks. The contest ended in similar fashion to the prior meetings with the Hawks, as Lakeland emerged 8-2 winners.

The game was close until late in the second period, as Antigo trailed 3-1. Mason Berg had provided the lone offense for the Jr. Robins to that point, with an assist from Joe Volpentesta. Lakeland netted a score with just three minutes remaining in the frame, and added another with a minute and a half to go to break the game open. Trevin Walbeck would later add an unassisted goal for Antigoís final tally. Nolan Bunnell stopped 26 Lakeland shots in net.

The loss sent the Antigo Pee Wees to the consolation bracket, where they matched up with Amery in an exciting game.

Antigo started fast, scoring just nine seconds into the contest, as Walbeck put home a rebound off an Eli Kassler shot attempt. Amery tied the game with 3:49 to go in the second, but Antigo went back in front early in the third, and this time it was Walbeck assisting Kassler. Amery again answered, scoring two minutes later to tie the game and took their first lead with six and a half minutes to go in the period. Kassler snagged an unassisted goal to make it a 3-3 contest, but an Amery goal with just 35 seconds on the second period clock made it 4-3 in favor of the Warriors heading into the third.

Amery grabbed a two goal advantage midway through the period, but the Jr. Robins were not done.

With four players in the box, Antigo used their speed to their advantage with plenty of open ice in a three on three situation, and Walbeck would take a nice feed from Landon Nelson and snipe a shot over the Amery goaltenderís left shoulder, and the Jr. Robins were back in it. Antigo pulled their goaltender late and had several scoring opportunities, but it was not meant to be in a tough one goal loss. Antigo outshot Amery 35-23 for the game, with Bunnell making 18 saves in net.

The loss left the Antigo Pee Wees in the seventh place game Sunday morning against Stoughton and Antigo would certainly close their tournament run on a high note, dominating the Vikings from start to finish in a 12-1 victory.

Antigo put up six first period goals, and added four in the second and two in the third period.

Kassler had a huge game, with three goals for a hat trick and five assists for a playmaker. Walbeck netted a playmaker as well with four assists and snagged two goals. Reed Kuenzli added two goals and an assist, Zach Roth had a goal and an assist, Berg netted a goal and an assist, with Volpentesta, Paden Michalik and Riley Leveque also finding the back of the net. Bunnell just missed out on the shutout, stopping 12 of 13 Stoughton shots.

Waupun would go on to win the state title, defeating Somerset 5-1 in the championship game. Lakeland took third, needing overtime to get past Monroe 5-4. The consolation title went to Waupaca, who took down Amery 3-1.
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