Andrew Vitalis

Blizzard warning

For the WSFLG Blizzard boys’ varsity team, the 2015-16 season has been one to talk about.

 

By Andrew Vitalis

Sure, Andy Richardson has had teams in the past that may have been more talented, but when it comes to a squad truly playing as a “team” – gelling on and off the ice – this year’s squad just might be one of his best. In the land of co-ops, while records are important, coming together as a unit can define a successful season. For the WSFLG (Grantsburg, Webster, Siren, Frederic, Luck) Blizzard, the 2015-16 season has definitely been one to talk about.

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Wisconsin girls’ high school hockey notebook

 

By Andrew Vitalis

Lakeshore Lightning

If you are a numbers person, the numbers are staggering. Think about this: In 17 overall games this season, the Lakeshore Lightning have allowed one or fewer goals in nine of them. Nine. As a matter of fact the Lightning have only allowed more than three goals twice this season. With that type of defensive display, it should be no surprise that Lakeshore (co-op of Homestead, Cedarburg, West Bend West, Port Washington) averages less than two goals allowed per game.

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Growth vs. chemistry, numbers vs. history

Chippewa Falls/Menomonie is one of the more successful girls’ hockey co-op programs in Wisconsin

 

By Andrew Vitalis

It’s a daily catch-22 for Tony Menard. Now in his second season as head coach for the Chippewa Falls/Menomonie (CFM) girls’ hockey team (2-12-0 overall as of Jan. 12), Menard knows that on one hand, success will most likely translate into more numbers within the youth program and one day the co-op may dissolve between the two schools.  On the other hand, he has watched the partnership between Chippewa Falls and Menomonie grow into one of the more successful co-op programs in the state.  Growth versus chemistry; numbers versus history.  It’s an interesting “what if” scenario that Menard and those associated with the program sometimes ponder.

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Wisconsin boys’ high school hockey notebook

 

By Andrew Vitalis


How impressive was Baldwin-Woodville’s 14-game winning streak earlier this season?  Consider this: During that stretch, the Blackhawks outscored their opponents 107-37. Baldwin-Woodville scored seven or more goals in a game nine times and allowed two or less goals eight times. How about this: During the same stretch, leading scorer Brandon Connett tallied 26 goals and 25 assists!

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New Richmond roaring on both ends of the ice

 

By Andrew Vitalis

To be the king of the jungle, one must have the power to assert themselves when needed. One must also need the ability to do that on a consistent basis; to thwart off challengers when they try to take the crown. In the Middle Border Conference, the New Richmond Tigers boys’ hockey teams have roamed their respective jungle for years, and aside from the 2012 and 2013 seasons, the Tigers have pounced on the competition, earning the title as conference champions every year since 2003.  It’s no surprise, then, that the Tigers are again the leader of the pack this season.

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