MEDFORD BOYS HOCKEY - GOALS ARE MET IN FIRST WIN
MEDFORD BOYS HOCKEY
While it didn’t show in the score in an 8-1 loss Saturday, Medford hockey head coach Klayton Kree felt the Raiders were putting some good things together in that game. That momentum carried into Tuesday where the puck found the back of the net early and often in a 10-2 home win over the Chequamegon Co-op.
On Senior Night, senior Cameron Bull led the offensive explosion with a hat trick and two more seniors scored goals as the Raiders got their first win of the season and the first coaching victory for Kree after four losses.
“We played really well on Saturday considering the circumstances,” Kree said. “Today it was a weaker opponent, but we didn’t want them to come in flatfooted and just expecting to win because that can bite you. We started out skating hard. At times we got back to our lackadaisical ways, but really, the guys skated hard in this game. Everyone was hungry for a goal. Once they started seeing a couple drop and some guys get their first goals, some of them get two, some of them get three, scoring is contagious. Everyone wants a piece of it. They all got hungry there for awhile.”
Seven different players wound up scoring goals as Medford more than doubled its total of seven goals through the first four games. Offensive success usually starts with good passing and puck movement and Kree said that was certainly the genesis for Tuesday’s scoring explosion.
“We moved the puck well, we broke it out well,” he said. “The passing was there. I think almost every one of our goals was assisted which is good to see because guys are moving the puck.”
It took just 1:54 for the Raiders to get on the board. Mason Harris was in the right spot at the right time as he cleaned up a rebound to the left of Chequamegon goalie Nolan Niehoff. Fischer Thums and Isaac Schaefer had the assists. At 5:25, Tucker Phillips carried the puck into the offensive zone along the left boards and whistled a shot past Niehoff for the second goal. Jacob Doyle had the assist. With Medford on a power play at 13:44, Bull carried the puck into the ofthe Storm outshot Medford 9-0 to finish with a 40-3 advantage in shots overall.
The Storm won a two-period JV game played after the varsity contest 1-0, getting a goal from Rilee McCord 4:16 into the second period. Leonhardt had 17 saves, while Claire Calmes stopped all eight of Medford’s shots.