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Davids helps Shawano blank Chequamegon

Dillenburg nets hat trick
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Greg Bates Leader Correspondent


Leader photo by Morgan Rode Shawano’s Kobe Schreiber controls the puck as he weaves through the Chequamegon defense during Tuesday’s matchup at the Crawford Center in Shawano.

Caleb Davids was starting to get a little nervous. He didn’t want to mess up perfection.

It was getting to be late in the third period and the junior goalie for the Shawano reserve boys hockey was pitching a shutout.

Davids faced 18 shuts and stopped every one. He got plenty of help as Shawano’s offense erupted in a 7-0 victory over the Chequamegon co-op at the Crawford Center on Tuesday.

It is Davids’ first shutout of the season.

“It’s really big,” Davids said. “Even though you may get a couple a season, it’s still nice just to get one and I think I played really well tonight and the team played really well in front of me and it was a big help.”

“Caleb earned that shutout tonight,” Shawano coach Garrett Smith said. “He had periods of little activity but then when we needed him, he came up big.”

On Dec. 15, Shawano traveled to Park Falls to take on Chequamegon and were shutout themselves, 3-0. Davids and his teammates wanted revenge for that loss.

Davids was focused and in a zone between the pipes this time around for Shawano.

“I was just tracking the pucks really good, watching them all the way into my body,” Davids said. “The team was good enough to get the pucks out of the corners.”

Davids was also aided by plenty of support from his offense.

“The biggest change between our first meeting and our second meeting with this team is we were able to connect, work together and complete some really good-looking passes,” Smith said.

The first line forward unit of Johnathan Dillenburg, Ryan Wegenke and Andrew Puissant accounted for 13 points. Dillenburg tallied three goals and one assist, Wegenke had one goal and four assists and Puissant finished with one goal and three assists.

“Me and Ryan have been playing together forever and Andrew came over here from Green Bay, we just have really good chemistry,” Dillenburg said. “We’ve been playing together for quite a while and we just know exactly where each other is going to be before we get there and so we’re able to make those passes.”

Smith had fun from the bench watching his first line click so well.

“It’s a group of guys that have been playing together for a while and they know their movement as a unit is incredible,” Smith said. “They cycle and they’re always in the right position and get to the open ice so they get those opportunities and they’ve got the ability to connect on the passes and get those shots.”

After netting one goal in each of the first two periods, Dillenburg netted his second hat trick of the season midway through the final period.

“I wasn’t really necessarily going for it, but I was just trying to get in the right position,” Dillenburg said. “My teammates set me up really well and all I could do was put it on net and they just fell in.”

Dillenburg has had a solid season for Shawano. He’s shown he knows how to put the puck in the back of the net.

“He’s always in the right spot,” Smith said. “He’s a player that forces turnovers and that creates lots of opportunities and you can see that.”

Shawano (10-4-1) wasted little time getting on the scoreboard in the opening period. Speedster Kobe Schreiber created and netted a goal just 2:15 into the game.

The Hawks took a 3-0 lead with under two minutes remaining in the second period. Just 2:11 into the third, Puissant found a slashing Wegenke moving in front of the net and he buried it. After a pair of goals made it 6-0, Schreiber took a gamble shorthanded. He had a breakaway and blasted the puck past goalie Isaac Szymik.

With postseason not being an option as a varsity reserve team, Shawano has just four games remaining on its schedule. The Hawks will be at a three-day tournament this weekend, Friday-Sunday. The team’s first-round opponent will be Rock County.

“If we can keep this momentum, we’ll be in great shape for that tournament,” Smith said.

Shawano 7, Chequamegon 0

First period

S, Kobe Schreiber (Jack Rusch), 2:15.

S, Johnathan Dillenburg (Ryan Wegenke, Andrew Puissant), 16:08.

Second period

S, Dillenburg (Wegenke, Puissant), 15:12.

Third period

S, Wegenke (Puissant), 2:11.

S, Dillenburg (Wegenke), 6:47.

S, Puissant (Dillenburg, Wegenke), 14:54.

S, Schreiber, 15:14.