Shawano survives with shutout intact
Chris Caporale, firstname.lastname@example.org
Shawano’s penalty kill unit got plenty of time on the ice Thursday night.
With 14 penalties, accounting for 31 minutes in the penalty box, including three separate five-on-three situations, the Hawks still managed a shutout in a 2-0 home victory over Waupaca on Thursday.
“Penalty kill unit did a hell of a job,” Shawano head coach Garrett Smith said. “They definitely were doing a fairly good job of holding their positions, and when we got a chance, got it out of the zone and we were able to get some time.”
Shawano managed to get called for six penalties in the final period, putting extra pressure on the defense and Brendan Chapman, who posted 23 saves on the night, scoring his first shutout of the season.
Chapman had six saves in the final period with the help of defensemen Bryce Gagnow and Mason Dingeldein, along with wings Trevor Krueger and Wyatt Block.
“We’ve had a lot of games where he could have had one and something silly has happened,” Smith said. “We’ve had pucks bouncing off boards and getting behind us and just freak accidents. He’s earned a lot more than what he has on the scoresheets.”
Bryton Sipp saved 10 shots for Waupaca, but allowed a first-period goal to Jayden Eggert with 11:24 remaining. Eggert was assisted by Nick Boardman.
“We were in this game because of a kid who has played hockey for half a season in his life, and it’s just crazy,” Smith said.
The Hawks held their own throughout the final period. Sophomore Kobe Schreiber almost doubled up the scored with just under 11 minutes to go when he fired one on target, and then a misplayed puck by Sipp gave sophomore Kobe Schreiber another chance to pull ahead 2-0, but the shot sailed left of the target.
“He’s got a knack for being where the puck squirts out,” Smith said of Schreiber. “If he would finish a couple more of his shots on the end of those plays, he’d have a lot more goals, which he’s up there on the scoring list.”
The Hawks (5-4-1) would eventually get the second goal despite being outshot 23-12 in the game. Trevor Krueger flicked the puck the length of the ice with less than a minute to go to double the lead on an empty net.
Shawano, if playing at full strength for more of the game, could have had a more consistent offense to pepper the Waupaca net.
“The best kind of thing we could have done was play more five-on-five hockey,” Smith said.