The Peewees hosted their 1st of a pair of 16-team tournaments this past weekend in Roseau, winning 4 of 5 games and finishing with the runner-up trophy on Sunday. This improved their record on the year to 11-4.
With Landon Baumgartner out due to injury for one more weekend the team headed into the 5-game weekend with only 9 skaters and a full schedule of games. The action started off early on Friday with a 9:00 game against Sibley. The boys skated to a fairly easy 8-0 victory, led by Austin Klint with 4 goals, and one each from Tucker Kvien, Liam Johnson, Isaac Baumgartner & Cade Ginther. Abram Hinson completed the shutout in net.
Friday evening the boys were matched up with Edina for their 2nd game in pool play. This game proved to be a very close and entertaining one as Roseau never trailed but saw the game tied at 1, 2 and 3 goals during the contest. Roseau started off the scoring in the 1st on a wrist shot from Klint about 5 minutes remaining, the lead lasted until late in the 1st when Edina scored on the power play, evening the score at a goal apiece heading into the 1st intermission. Chase Bachleitner scored the only goal in the 2nd with about 4 and a half left and led the team to a 2-1 lead after 2. Edina evened the score up at 2 about 5 minutes into the 3rd, but Roseau got it back at 3-2 with about 2:30 left on a goal from Jake Halvorson. Down a goal late in the game Edina pulled their goalie and once again pulled even at 3 with only 1:14 left in the game. The Roseau boys stuck to their plan and refused to play for a tie, resulting in a game-winning goal from Ginther with only 30 seconds left, leading the team to a 4-3 win. Hinson had another solid game between the pipes and Roseau, stopping 23 of 26 shots including some very big ones late in the game.
The lone contest on Saturday was a scrappy early afternoon game with Northern Lakes that saw regulation time end in a 4-4 tie and taking a 6th shooter in the sudden death before Roseau walked away with the shootout win, wrapping up pool play at 3-0 and cementing their Sunday games in the Championship round.
The boys got up early on Sunday for an 8:00 game against an also undefeated Chaska-Chanhassen team, also short one of their leading scorers as Jake Halvorson became ill overnight leaving the Roseau boys with only 3 players on the bench. Not about to let that stop them Coach Halstensgard used that as a rallying cry and the boys came out flying against CC, pulling several double shifts, and even some triple shifts when called on. That enthusiasm lead to goals by Isaac Baumgartner and Cade Ginther in the 1st and taking a 2-0 lead into the 2nd period. CC pulled within one to end the second at 2-1, but Isaac scored his 2nd midway through the 3rd period to put Roseau back up by 2. With the net empty CC managed to pull back within 1 at 3-2, but with only 1.5 seconds remaining in the game that is where it ended.
Only a couple hours later the boys were back on the ice for the championship game against the West Fargo Stampede. Still with only 8 skaters the boys gave it their all but came up short, losing 9-3 to the 15-player Stampede. The boys found themselves down 6-0 after 2, and 7-0 early in the 3rd. Roseau never gave up and managed 3 goals in the 3rd on tallies from Isaac, Klint & Kvien.
This weekend the Peewees are headed to Grand Rapids, hopefully with their full roster healthy, for an 8-team tournament to end the year.