Dec. 6, 2019
By Scott Williams
WAUKESHA – The red-hot combination of Marc Sippel and Jacob Cebula, along with potent special teams proved to be a successful formula for the Wausau West boys hockey team Friday night.
Sippel tallied a hat trick with three goals and Cebula chipped in with three assists to spark West to a 4-1 nonconference win over Waukesha at the Naga-Waukee Ice Arena.
All four goals for the Warriors came courtesy of their special teams – three power-play goals and a short-handed taly to close out the scoring with less than a second left.
After a scoreless opening period, Sippel struck for a pair of goals to stake West to a 2-1 lead entering the final period. Kellan Short accounted for the only Wings goal.
West would put the game out of reach with two more goals in the final period. Carson Marquardt found the back of the net just 46 second into the frame, before Sippel completed his hat trick.
Waukesha goalie Alex Miller faced a barrage of shots and finished with 49 saves. Warriors netminder Colin Mertes stopped 14 shots.
Wausau West 0 2 2 – 4
Waukesha 0 1 0 – 1
Second period: 1. WW, Marc Sippel (Jacob Cebula, Ty Bailey), 7:04 (pp); 2. W, Kellan Short (Kevin Frey, Brady Hunn), 11:26; 3. WW, Sippel (Cebula), 14:42 (pp).
Third period: 4. WW, Carson Marquardt (Sippel, Cebula), :46 (pp); 5. WW, Sippel (Ty Bailey), 16:59 (sh).
Saves: Wausau West (Colin Mertes) 14; Waukesha (Alex Miller) 49.
Medford 5, East-Merrill 0
MEDFORD – The Bluejacks were unable to solve Medford goalie AJ Adleman and were blanked in a nonconference matchup at the Simek Recreation Center.
The setback leaves East-Merrill at 1-2-1 on the young season. The Raiders improve to 2-0-0 and have outscored their first two opponents 16-1.