Rapids hockey too much for East/Merrill

in News/Sports/Wausau East

By Michael Kommer
For Central Wisconsin Sports.net

February 11, 2019

Wisconsin Rapids– In the final home contest of the regular season, the Wisconsin Rapids hockey team went out on a high note.

The Raiders scored in each period and never allowed a goal as they raced past Wausau East-Merrill United 7-0 Monday afternoon in Wisconsin Valley Conference play at the South Wood County Recreation Center.

The Raiders’ next game will be next Thursday when they travel to D.C. Everest for a WIAA Regional Final game.

In the lone meeting of the year between the Evergreens and Rapids, Everest prevailed by a 6-1 margin on January 3. The game is also the third year in a row that Rapids and Everest will face off the playoffs with Everest winning the previous two.

The second meeting of the regular season kept getting postponed due to bad weather, but was finally canceled due to the teams would be meeting in back-to-back games.

“We’ve really started to peak here at the end of the year,” Rapids coach Pat McDonald said. “Since the SPASH game, we’ve been playing well.”

The Raiders got on their way to their third straight victory with a pair of goals in less than a two minute span in the middle of the first period to take a 2-0 lead after the first frame.

Colton Flammini got the scoring started at 11 minutes 44 seconds on a power play, with Colin Brey adding a second tally at 13:03. Flammini led the way with two goals- each on the power play, with Cobe Acker adding a goal and two assists.

For the game, Rapids had two power play opportunities and converted on both chances, something that they do over 30 percent of the time on the year with the man advantage.

In the second period, the Raiders performed much like they did in the first with a pair of quick goals in the middle portion of the period with one coming from Gaven Duckett and and Myles Auclair to take a 4-0 lead going into the final 17 minutes of regulation.

With the victory in reach, the Raiders wasted little time in ending any chance of a Bluejack comeback when with three goals in the first five minutes of the third period to put the run-time rule into effect.

Acker, Flammini and Michael Olson each scored for the Raiders. For the game, Rapids goalie Tanner Reany stopped 19 shots.

“I like where we are,” McDonald said. “We’ve grown a lot, and I think we’re coming around. We’re starting to figure things out, and the kids are gaining confidence.”

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First Period: 1. WR, Colton Flammini (Isaac Evenson, Jack Lila) 11:44 pp. 2. WR, Colin Brey (Cobe Acker) 13:03.

Second Period: 3. WR, Gaven Duckett (Harley Sanders, Acker) 13:59. 4. WR, Myles Auclair (ua) 15:45.

Third Period: 5. WR, Acker (Carson Gunderson) 2:11. 6. WR, Flammini (Evenson, Auclair) 3:17. 7. WR, Michael Olson (Colton Sanger, Evenson) 5:23.

Saves: EMU, Eli Moe 10-15-9 – 34; WR, Tanner Reany4-6-9 – 19.

Records: Wisconsin Rapids 11-12-0 overall, 2-7-0 WVC, Wausau East-Merrill 2-14-0 overall, 0-9-0 WVC.