By Murray Gleffe, Correspondent
ASHWAUBENON-The Jaguar hockey team is coming off a 10-15-1 mark. That record includes winning four of their last six games of the season including a first round upset win over the De Pere Redbirds in the Regional Quarterfinals.
The Jaguars, however, will have to replace a lot of its scoring but do return some solid pieces and have added some key foreign exchange students.
Jaguar Head Coach Matt Golden, “ We’re going to be young this year. We lost a lot of from last year, but I’m excited what the new group will bring to the table.”
Ten of the seventeen players on the current roster are new to the varsity lineup
Forwards Tyler Roethlisberger (Senior) and Liam Golden (Junior) each contributed 19 points during the regular season last year, and both will be logging major minutes on the first line.
Golden adds, “One of our strengths I feel like this year will be our d-core. We have Manders and Dorn back, but add in 6’6, 250 lb Matej Palfy, and Riley Nissen to give us even more depth at that position.”
Defensemen Graham Manders and Parker Dorn return to anchor the backline for the team. Each netted over 10 points on the 2016-17 season and both will be counted on to stop attacking forwards from the opposing team.
Matt Piontkowski and Timothy Svetlichnyy will be between the pipes this year. Each will have to step up big in goal to replace the production David Michaelson put forth the past couple of seasons.
“I feel like Notre Dame and Bay Port will once again be strong. My hope is that by midseason we can be right in the mix” says Golden.
2017-18 Ashwaubenon Jaguar Hockey Roster (As of Nov 9)
Kaden Appleton, Blake Dallmann, Joe Deboth, Parker Dorn, Liam Golden, Joey Hamielec, Jack Kiser, Vojta Kucera, Graham Manders, Riley Nissen, Keegan Petitjean, Matej Palfy, Tyler Roethlisberger, Andre Stewart, Max Welsing, Matt Piontkowski, Timothy Svetlichnyy
2017-18 Ashwaubenon Jaguar Schedule (All Home Matches at Cornerstone)
Nov 24 at Sheboygan Lakers Kyle Neurohr Memorial Tournament 10:00 AM
Nov 25 at Sheboygan Lakers Kyle Neurohr Memorial Tournament 10:00 AM/1:45 PM
Nov 26 at Sheboygan Lakers Kyle Neurohr Memorial Tournament TBD
Dec 1 vs DePere 5:30
Dec 2 at Brookfield East 6:45
Dec 9 at Bay Port (Cornerstone) 7:00
Dec 14 vs DC Everest 8:00
Dec 16 at Stevens Point 7:00
Dec 19 at Appleton North 8:00
Dec 21 vs Oshkosh North 8:30
Dec 23 vs Notre Dame 7:00
Dec 28 at Menomonie Tournament 2:00
Dec 29 at Menomonie Tournament 2:00
Jan 5 At Sheboygan 7:00
Jan 12 vs Merrill 8:00
Jan 13 vs Rhinelander 1:30
Jan 16 vs GB United (Cornerstone) 8:00
Jan 19 At De Pere 8:00
Jan 26 Conference Tournament TBD
Jan 27 Conference Tournament TBD
Feb 1 at Green Bay United TBD
Feb 6 at Waupaca 7:00
Feb 13,15 WIAA Regionals
Feb 20,23 WIAA Sectionals
Mar 1,2,3 WIAA State Tournament