Jaguars valiant comeback falls just short
BY MURRAY GLEFFE
SHEBOYGAN—The Ashwaubenon Jaguars’ boys hockey team rallied from three goals down in the final period of their season opener but ran out of time as the Sheboygan Red Raiders were victorious by a final of 4-3 in the Kyle J. Neurohr Memorial Tournament. (Nov. 23)
Liam Golden scored two goals and added an assist for the Jaguars.
Timothy Svetlichnyy made 22 saves in net for Ashwaubenon.
The Red Raiders got out to a flying start and seemed like they had the fresher of the legs with the last of the four game Thanksgiving tilt.
Sheboygan’s Luke McKinch and Kyle Kraus both sent shots in on goal in the first three minutes signaling that they were ready to play.
Svetlichnyy, however, was up to the challenge as each shot that was rung up didn’t get behind him.
The Jaguars got their first shot on goal five minutes into the game when Will Brunke sent a wrist shot in on Maclane Schick.
No team could punch the puck through and it remained scoreless through one period.
Four minutes into the second period, the Jaguars put the first goal on the board when Golden went top shelf to give Ashwaubenon a 1-0 lead.
It was short-lived and the start of an onslaught for Sheboygan in the middle stanza.
Just 38 seconds after the Jaguars had taken the advantage, Red Raiders forward Bennet Dale took a beautiful pass from Caleb Gauthier and punched in the goal from right in front of the net to even the game at one apiece.
Late in the second, the Red Raiders scored goals by Bryan Schoneman, McKinch, and Gauthier within a 3:23 span and suddenly the floodgates had opened, and Sheboygan went up 4-1 with one period remaining.
“I was not very happy at the way we finished the second period out,” said Matt Golden, Jaguars Hockey coach. “We got sloppy on defense and didn’t cover up or clear rebounds.”
The Red Raiders outshot the Jaguars 26-9 through 34 minutes.
Ashwaubenon made a goalie change to start the third as Parker Besaw was summoned.
No team could seize much momentum until the 7:37 mark when Trevor Johnson took a bad penalty when he whacked Golden from behind.
That extra attacker seemed to energize and bring the momentum back to the Jaguars players.
With 6:03 left in the game, Golden took a pass from Dorn at center ice and wheeled around the Red Raiders goal for a second and then calmly ripped a shot past Schick to bring the Jaguars back to 4-2.
With just under four minutes left, a long rebound came jetting out to the blue line and suddenly Golden and Altergott had a two on one break and Altergott made sure he put the puck home.
The Red Raiders student section who had been buzzing all game were dead silent and the Jaguars were miraculously back within one goal (4-3) with time still remaining.
With 1:23 left, Jaguars Blake Dallmann had a golden chance to potentially send the game into overtime, but his blast from the left-wing sailed just wide of the net.
The Jaguars pulled their goaltender down the stretch but couldn’t come up with a final goal.
“I liked our effort in the final period,” Golden said. “We fought hard and gave ourselves a chance with a few minutes remaining. We’ll get better.”
Sheboygan 0, 4, 0 4
Ashwaubenon 0, 1, 2 3
Shots on Goal:
Sheboygan 11, 15, 7
Ashwaubenon 2, 7, 8