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WEHL 16U South West at Nationals

By staff, 04/08/24, 1:00PM CDT


Semi Finalist at Nationals

The South West 16U team had a great showing at the Tier 2 USAH Nationals in Dallas TX, going  4-1 in the 2A Division. 

Game 1 Mason Kelm, Junior goalie from Aquinas/Holmen Avalanche turned away 32 of 33 shots in their 4-1 win over the Maine Gladiators.  Scoreless in the first period, WEHL got on the board first in the second with goals by sophomore Blake Haun of the Tomah/Sparta co-op, assisted by junior Landen Starr, Viroqua Blackhawks and Junior Drew Apicella of Black River Falls Tigers. That was followed by a goal by sophomore Landen Burke, Viroqua Blackhawks, assisted by Drew Apicella. 3rd period goals were tallied by Owen Hoehn sophomore from Aquinas/Holmen Avalanche, assisted by junior Tyler Meyer of the West Salem Panthers, followed by the finisher from junior Ian Bass of Aquinas/Holmen, assisted by junior Parker Lycke of the Onalaska/Lacrosse Hilltoppers and Drew Apicella.

Game 2,  freshman goalie Dane Adams of the Onalaska/La Crosse Hilltoppers held the Montana Wolves to 3 goals on 35 shots.   6 goals were tallied by WEHL in the victory, contributed by sophomore Ayden Dirks of Aquinas/Holmen, sophomore Jackson Eagan (2)of Onalaska/La Crosse,  Owen Hoehn,  sophomore Calvin Lakowske of Black River Falls Tigers, and sophomore Jack Barth of Aquinas/Holmen. Helpers on those goals were Barth. Lakowske (2),  Burke, Eagan (2), Hoehn (2), and Haun, 

Game 3 came down to an OT goal scored by Calvin Lakowske, assisted by Hoehn, defeating Atlanta Fire 6-5 to move them onto the quarter finals.  WEHL was kept scoreless until the second period, when  Apicella from Hoehn broke the seal, followed by an Eagan/Lakowske goal.  Owen with an unassisted goal tied it up in the 3rd, followed by unassisted goals from Jack Barth and sophomore Cash Martin, or Tomah/Sparta.

Quarter final game against the Vegas Jr Golden Knights brought another  OT win.  WEHL fell behind 3-0 until Eagan, helped by Burke and Carter Johnson  set things in motion.  Eagan, Burke and Hoehn tallied another, followed by a 3rd period goal to tie it up by Lycke and Apicella.  Another Vegas goal was answered by an even up goal by sophomore Henry Meek of Black River Falls Tigers and Lakowske.  The OT winner came with Jack Barth hitting the twine, assisted by Meek and Lycke. 

The undefeated run came to an end with a 1-2 loss in the Semifinals to the Montgomery Ice Devils from MD, where all 3 goals of the game were scored in the first period.   The lone WEHL goal was scored by Landen Burke, assisted by Owen Hoehn and Henry Meek. Goalie Mason Kelm made 32 saves in the game.