Hockey: Hatchets win two, lose one with playoffs on horizon
For the Tomahawk Leader
TOMAHAWK – The Tomahawk Hatchet hockey team won two games and lost one with the playoffs approaching.
The Tomahawk skaters kicked off last week with a home matchup against Antigo on Tuesday, Jan. 31, and the Red Robins ultimately came away with a 5-2 win over the Hatchets.
Coach Chris Bembinster said the team did not execute its game plan in the loss.
“No one ever wants to have games like this,” Bembinster stated. “Unfortunately it happened to us tonight. We need to find a new way to prepare, as we get to the rink and all the way through.”
Bembinster noted that he and the rest of the coaches “recognize some things we have to clean up, and have to find a solution fast.”
“This team will do great things,” he said. “(We) just need to refocus to finish this season strong.”
The Hatchets rebounded after their loss to Antigo with a resounding 13-1 win over the Northwest Icemen at the SARA Park Arena on Thursday, Feb. 2.
Bembinster said his squad had a solid performance.
“It started to get a little rough, but the team stuck to the plan,” he stated after the game. “They made great decisions and executed exactly how they needed to. The coaching staff is very happy with how they represented themselves and the school tonight.”
Tomahawk wrapped up last week at home against West Salem on Friday, Feb. 3, earning a 7-1 victory.
Bembinster said the Hatchets turned in another solid performance.
“It is getting close to when the games become crucial, and we are headed in a good direction,” he stated. “We just have to keep the eye on what we want and where we want to be. We will head into a new week ready to compete.”
This week’s action
Tomahawk is scheduled to host Waupaca at the SARA Park Arena on Tuesday, Feb. 7.
On Thursday, Feb. 9, the Burnett Blizzard will come to town for a matchup that gets underway at 7 p.m. at the SARA Park Arena.
The Hatchets will hit the road on Saturday, Feb. 11, traveling to Medford for a Great Northern Conference (GNC) meet that starts at 10 a.m.