Tomahawk pucksters near first win in Park Falls, fall to Waupaca at home

For the Tomahawk Leader

PARK FALLS – The Tomahawk Hatchet hockey team came close to its first victory of the season against Chequamegon on Tuesday, Jan. 19, but ultimately fell 3 to 4.

Head coach Chris Bembinster said the Hatchets held the lead at the end of the first period for the first time this season, but unfortunately fell behind 3 to 1 at the end of the second.

“We also won the third period 2-1, but that left us down 4-3 at the end of the game,” Bembinster stated. “We competed tonight; just small details keep haunting us. We are getting better as a team, (but) we just need to gain confidence through experience. This is a great group of kids to be around and to coach. Back to practice to prepare for our next game!”

Tomahawk hosted Waupaca at SARA Park on Friday, Jan. 22 and were defeated 11 to 1.

“We have started playing better in the first period than we had before,” Bembinster said. “We still struggle to put a full game together though. In the end, we are getting better as a team. There is always a lot to learn and a progression the players all have to go through. We will try to put the learning curve and progression of the sport in to overdrive to finish our season as strong as possible.”

The eighth-ranked Hatchets were set to visit #1 GNC seed Northland Pines on Tuesday, Jan. 26, for the first round of the GNC tournament.

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