It was an up-and-down weekend for Antigo youth skaters, with the Bantams splitting four games, while the Pee Wees earned a win and a tie.
The Bantams squad, a combination of Antigo and Eagle River, dropped a pair at Mosinee Saturday before bouncing back to sweep DePere’s “B” team on Sunday at the Langlade County Multi-Purpose Building.
Saturday saw a strong Mosinee team come away with 7-2 and 4-1 wins on their home ice.
Game one was competitive early, with a pair of second period goals from Antigo’s Dylan Matuszewski keeping things close until Mosinee pulled away with two third period scores in the 7-2 final.
Julian Merschdorf, Eli Kassler and Josh Graves were all credited with assists for Antigo-Eagle River.
Goaltender Eli Kerner was busy, turning away 51 Mosinee shots as his team was on the short end in the shots department, 58-20.
Tucker Kowalski netted a hat trick for Mosinee in the win.
The lone Antigo-Eagle River scoring in game two came courtesy of Kassler in the second period with an assist from Morgan Depoydt.
This time around, shots were 51-9 in favor of Mosinee, with Kerner stopping 47.
Sunday, things turned in Antigo-Eagle River’s direction, as the Bantams swept visiting DePere 5-0 and 9-3.
The opening game saw Kerner stop all 12 shots he saw for the shutout in goal.
Graves and Kassler both produced three-point games with two goals and an assist each. DePoydt contributed an unassisted goal in the third period to complete the scoring.
Game two saw DePere keep things close early with two first period goals, before the hometown Bantams pulled away.
Antigo’s Kassler led the team in scoring with with six points, coming on a Texas hat trick and two assists.
Graves contributed a goal and two assists, while Owen Dickman and DePoydt both had a single goal and assist.
Ian Brittenham also found the back of the net in the victory.
Kerner made 18 saves, as Antigo-Eagle River held a 36-21 advantage in shots.
The Bantams are slated for another four-game weekend, hosting Everest Saturday in Antigo, before taking on Mosinee once again, this time in Eagle River.
PEE WEES (12U)
The Antigo Pee Wee skaters, part of the Merrill squad, hosted the Fox Valley “B” team in Antigo Sunday and fell by a score of 5-2, before coming away with a 2-2 draw in the second contest.
Game one’s scoring for Merrill came off the stick of Ryker Remington, with Cade Tiedemann of Antigo assisting on the first score.
Maxwel Seeger came away with 15 saves in net.
Erik Grunenwald provided the game two offense, with all four of the game’s goals coming in the second period in the 2-2 draw.
Seeger stopped 12 for Merrill.
This coming weekend will be the annual Hockey Days celebration in Antigo.
Although things will be relatively toned down this time around due to COVID-19.