Raiders get first goals of the season, but Blackhawks score many more
MEDFORD BOYS HOCKEY
Austin Stauffer scored his first two varsity goals and Brayden Machon added one, but that wasn’t nearly enough for Medford to keep up with high-scoring Baldwin-Woodville, who skated to a 15-3 non-conference hockey win Friday night.
Machon’s breakaway goal 5:42 into the first period, gave Medford some brief hope, making it 2-1, but the Blackhawks went on a tear to close out the period by scoring three times in a span of 1:57 and then scoring again to start the second period and open up a 6-1 lead.
A seven-goal third period by the home team broke the game wide open.
“A lopsided score, but it was a decent game and a good effort by the boys,” Medford head coach Galen Searles said.
Eleven different players scored goals for the Blackhawks, who improved to 2-1 on the young season. Medford slipped to 0-2.
Ben Brunner had 30 saves in his second- ever start between the pipes for the Raiders. Zach Stevens stopped 15 of 17 shots in two periods for Baldwin-Woodville. Dominic Hite had five saves on six shots in the third.
Riley Lancour got the scoring started 2:01 in with assists from Trenton Veenendaal and Max Buhr. Rhett Schweitzer scored at 3:36 with assists from Sam Sykora and Bazl Cook.
Machon’s unassisted goal came next, getting Medford back into the game.
But the Blackhawks’ three-goal spree later in the period broke it open. Veenendaal started it with a goal at 10:01, assisted by Austin Haney and Lancour. At 11:48, the Blackhawks took advantage of a Medford penalty to get a power-play goal by Cook, assisted by Blake Lokken and Sykora. Just 10 seconds later, Lancour made it 5-1 off a Davis Paulsen assist. Lokken tacked on another 3:16 into the second period.
Stauffer, a freshman, lit the lamp for Medford 12:32 into the second period on a nice backhand shot. He was assisted by Machon and Logan Searles. His second goal was a well-placed unassisted wrist shot from the high slot 6:31 into the third that made the score 11-3 at the time.
Medford did not score on its only power play. Baldwin-Woodville was one for two.
Cook finished with five assists for the Blackhawks and Sykora had four. Cook, Veenendaal, Sykora and Lancour had two goals apiece.
Medford is back on the road today, Thursday, with a newly-added 7 p.m. game at the Altoona Co-op. On Saturday has a 5 p.m. face-off at Antigo. It will be the first game of the season for the Red Robins, who started the season in a quarantine situation. The Raiders are scheduled to be at Waupaca for another Great Northern Conference contest on Dec. 17.