The Waconia boys’ hockey team met some tough opponents at the Greenway Invitational in Coleraine over the weekend, winning one game but dropping two others.
The tournament began Dec. 26, as the Wildcats fell 3-1 to Northfield. The Raiders held a 3-0 lead after two periods, before Waconia’s Mitchell Weiland was able to score on a power play minutes into the third period to make it a 3-1 game. Weiland’s goal was assisted by Alex Tasson and Alex Fortwengler.
On Dec. 27, the Wildcats picked up their only win of the tournament, a 3-2 victory over Greenway/Nash-Kee. Fortwengler scored unassisted in the first period to lead 1-0, before Greenway tied it up in the second with a goal.
Waconia quickly put away two goals in one minute near the start of the third period to take a 3-1 lead. First, Matt Gohman found the net on an assist from Tasson before Austin Nichols scored on a power play (assisted by Chris Haus and Matt Fulkerson). Greenway would score with minutes to go, but the ‘Cats were able to hold their opponents at bay for the 3-2 win.
Waconia ended the weekend with a 7-3 loss to St. Paul Johnson on Dec. 28. The first period was a high-scoring affair, with six goals scored between the two teams. St. Paul Johnson was on the board first with two before Waconia’s Blaine Wilsey scored an unassisted goal to make it 2-1. Play continued back and forth through the rest of the period, with St. Paul Johnson scoring twice more and Waconia’s Cal Rassman finding the net on assists from Fulkerson and Collin Reus to make it a 4-2 first period in favor of St. Paul Johnson.
St. Paul Johnson continued to dominate the net in the second period, netting three goals. Rassman was able to narrow the lead with a goal at 10:46. The Wildcats trailed 7-3 after two, and a scoreless third period would end the game.
WHS is now 6-7 this season and will return to action Jan. 7 when the Wildcats host the Dragons of Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato. They will then play at Holy Family Jan. 9.
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