Boys Varsity/JV Levels
Isaac Wohlers scored four goals as the Breckenridge-Wahpeton boys hockey team defeated the Aberdeen Cougars 7-5 in a non-league game Saturday in Wahpeton, N.D.
Jase Jensen finished with one goal and three assists for the Blades while James Finkral had one goal and one assist.
Braydon Jones had one goal and two assists for the Cougars. Jared Everson, Avery Dean, Matt Johnson and Elias Altman each scored one goal for Aberdeen.
The Cougars trailed 3-2 midway through the second period until Johnson tied the game at 3-all off an assist from Tommy Chandler 8:55 mark. Jones then gave the Cougars the lead on an unassisted goal at the 9:58 mark of the second period.
Wohlers then scored three straight goals to give the Blades a 6-4 lead. Altman scored on a power play for the Cougars at the 7:02 mark of the third period off assists from Ryan Abel and Jones to trim the lead to 6-5, but Wohlers answered with an unassisted goal at the 7:48 mark, giving the Blades a two-score lead.
The Cougars play next at Watertown this coming Saturday.
Breckenridge-Wahpeton 7 Aberdeen 5
Aberdeen Cougars 1 3 1 — 5
Breckenridge-Wahpeton 2 3 2 — 7
First period: AC, Jared Everson (Carson Cleberg), 0:42; BW, Dawson Hofman (Jase Jensen), 6:26; BW, James Finkral (Carson Hought, Jensen), 12:54.
Second period: AC, Avery Dean (Trey Wagemann, Braydon Jones), 2:59; BW, Jensen (Finkral), 7:49; AC, Matt Johnson (Tommy Chandler), 8:55; AC, Jones (U), 9:58; BW, Isaac Wohlers (U), 12:53; BW, Wohlers (Jensen), 15:54.
Third period: BW, Wohlers (U), 3:13; AC, Elias Altman (Ryan Abel, Jones), 7:02; BW, Wohlers (U), 7:48.
Aberdeen Cougars forward Braydon Jones, center, races across the blue line with the puck, pursued by Brookings players Maxwell Kjelden, left, and Alec Rice, right, during Sunday’s game at the Odde Ice Center. American News photo by Cuyler Meade
Sunday was the kind of loss that, not long ago, this Aberdeen Cougars boys team would have probably celebrated.
That the boys were a bit disappointed in their 4-1 loss at the Odde Ice Center to Brookings is evidence of the distance traveled to get to this point as a team from just a year or so ago.
The Cougars were wishing they could have deleted a disastrous second period wherein they gave up three goals, as they bookended that brutal frame with two excellent periods of aggressive, attacking hockey, playing Brookings to a draw in the first and third periods.
The Cougars were oddly sluggish in the second period, taken a bit out of their game by a poor power play effort early in the stanza and never recovering. Nearly the entire period was played in the Cougars’ own end.
“Got a little back on our heels in the second period,” Aldinger said. “I think we’re a good team, too, and I told our guys, when we forecheck teams, they turn the puck over; when teams forecheck us, we turn the puck over. It’s amazing how that goes.”
The Cougars totaled 15 shots on goal, scoring just the one, and Matthew Feiock defended 31 of 35 shots on the Cougars’ net in a strong effort.
“These guys are out here wanting to get better,” Aldinger said. “They know they can compete with anybody.”
The Cougars have lost three straight by identical scores, 4-1, but still feel strongly about their forward momentum.
“Next week it’s three games for us,” Aldinger said. “Hopefully we get two out of three ... I’d take all three, for sure.”
The Cougars play Friday, Saturday and Sunday at home against Huron, Mitchell and Yankton. They fall to 1-5 on the state season with the loss.
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Brookings 0-3-1 4
Aberdeen Cougars 0-0-1 1
First period: No scoring
Second period: BRO, Austin Lesnar (Jamison Honkomp), 9:41; BRO: Maxwell Kjelden (Wes Koenig), 11:25; BRO, Lesnar (Honkomp), 14:34.
Third period: BRO, Ashton Witte (Alec Nielson, Ike Johnson), 9:11; AC, Braydon Jones (Rylan Abel), 13:22.
Goalies: BRO, Philip Kuechenmeister 14 saves; AC, Matthew Feiock, 31 saves.
The Aberdeen Cougars scored first and never looked back, skating to a 5-1 victory over Lakeville North Friday night at a boys’ hockey tournament in Moorhead, Minn.
The Cougars got a goal each from five different players, including Braydon Jones, Avery Dean, Caleb Kranzler, Elias Altman and Charles Olson. Those goals, spread as evenly as possible over the three periods of play, were more than enough to snag victory for the Cougars.
“We probably outshot them 4-1,” said Cougars coach Jon Aldinger. “We were on the puck and forechecking and finally getting the idea that hard work pays off.”
Despite traveling with just 12 players, Aldinger said his team put forth a solid effort.
“The team is still looking tough,” he said. “The boys are still playing their butts off. It’s awesome.”
Aberdeen scored a goal in the first and two each in the final two periods for the win.
The Cougars return to action today for two games, taking on Moorhead at 11 a.m. and Centennial at 6:45 p.m.
“It’ll be a test (today) playing two games with 12 guys,” Aldinger said.