The Avalanche Squirt A hockey team traveled to Black River Falls in a bid for the Wisconsin Amateur Hockey Association 3A state champs title on Saturday, March 9, 2013. The Avalanche took on Black River Falls in the first game, shutting them out 2-0. Cade Janecke scored the first goal in the second period. With one minute left in the game, Black River Falls pulled their goalie, but the Avalanche stayed strong with Tessa Janecke scoring on an open net. The Avalanche also outshot their opponent 25-13.
In the second game, the Avalanche dominated Reedsburg Polars, shutting them out 4-0. It was a battle to get a score of the board by both teams as the scored remained 0-0 at the end of the second period. The Avalanche gained momentum after Cade Janecke twice scored a goal in the top of the third, assisted by Anika Einbeck on both goals. Luke Kuberski scored two goals assisted by Payton Stauffacher/Tessa Janecke and Tessa Janecke/Alyssa Knauf. The Avalanche outshot the Polars 19-11, earning Goalie Heath Bear another shutout.
The Avalanche advanced to the championship round on Sunday, March 10 in an exciting fast paced game against Waupun. Cade Janecke, assisted by Payton Stauffacher, opened game scoring. Waupun answered back with a goal of their own. Hayden Roth, assisted by Cade Janecke, lit the lamp in the second period. Waupun drew some strength in the third period adding two more goals. Cade Janecke responded with a beautiful unassisted goal for the Avalanche, tying the game 3-3 with minutes left. It was a heated battle by both teams to get another goal on the board. Unfortunately, with one second remaining in the game, Waupun snuck in a goal, handing the Avalanche a 4-3 loss. Heath Bear recorded 31 shots on goal.
The Avalanche played incredible games all weekend long making awesome passes and smart plays by the offensive line. The defense did a stellar job as well in holding the blue line and blocking shots. The Avalanche claimed their second place trophy and state pins.
The Avalanche Squirt A team traveled to Waupaca to play in the 2013 Super Squirt Showdown tournament February 15-17. It was an eight team Squirt A tourney with Monroe Avalanche, Beloit Blades, Elmbrook Eagles, Wisconsin Rapids Red Raiders, Sauk Prairie Flyers, Marshfield Blades, Stoughton Vikings and Waupaca Comets participating. The Avalanche first took on the Marshfield Blades. The Blades took an early 2-0 lead in the first period. With 2:39 left in the first period Alyssa Knauf got a break away and scored the first Avalanche goal, unassisted. This changed the momentum of the game as the Avalanche scored five more unanswered goals. Also scoring for the Avalanche were Luke Kuberski, Anika Einbeck (assisted by Alyssa Knauf), Cade Janecke (assisted by Anika Einbeck), Payton Stauffacher (assisted by Tessa Janecke) and Hayden Roth with a short handed goal (assisted by Cade Janecke). Final score: Avalanche 6, Blades 2. Goalie Heath Bear recorded 17 shots on goals while the Avalanche put up 22 shots on the Blades goalie.
Saturday night the Avalanche took on Wisconsin Rapids Red Raiders. It was a tough contest between the two teams. The score remained 0-0 at the end of the first period in this fast paced game. The Red Raiders put one up on the board in the second period. Alyssa Knauf, assisted by Tessa Janecke and Anika Einbeck, responded with an awesome Avalanche goal in the second period. Payton Stauffacher lit the lamp for a second Avalanche goal, and was answered by the Red Raiders in the third period with the game ending in a 2-2 tie. Overtime play was a 5 minute sudden death 4 on 4. With 1:11 left on the clock Alyssa Knauf had a beautiful pass from behind the net to Luke Kuberski, earning the Avalanche a win and a spot in Sunday’s championship game against the other bracket winner, Waupaca Comets.
The championship game was a fun one to watch between these two evenly matched teams. It was a back and forth battle and the scored remained 0-0 until the third period with 3:43 left on the game clock. Luke Kuberski, assisted by Cade Janecke scored the lone Avalanche goal, short handed. The Avalanche shut out the Comets 1-0 in this back and forth contest that got a little heated at times. Goalie Heath Bear earned the shut out and recorded 18 saves. The Avalanche also had 18 shots on the Comets goal.
The strong Avalanche defensive lines consisting of Payton Stauffacher, Haley Knauf, Roman Bauer, Broc Kuberski, and Alex Henry did an amazing job of keeping the puck away from the Avalanche net in all of the tournament games. The offensive lines consisting of Cade Janecke, Anika Einbeck, Hayden Roth, Tessa Janecke, Alyssa Knauf, and Luke Kuberski played extremely well together and exhibited great stickhandling abilities and awesome passing. Each Avalanche player received a first place medal and the first place trophy to display at SLICE.
Shown in photo:
Goalie Heath Bear
Second row: Broc Kuberski, Alyssa Knauf, Haley Knauf, Tessa Janecke, Anika Einbeck, Luke Kuberski
Third row: Payton Stauffacher, Alex Henry, Roman Bauer, Hayden Roth, Cade Janecke
Coaches: Tom Stauffacher, Blane Einbeck, Adam Bauer, Andrew Janecke, Dave Kuberski