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Voyageurs tally seven goals in final two periods to defeat Jaguars

By Murray Gleffe

DE PERE – The De Pere Voyageur’s hockey team shook off an opening scoreless period, Jan. 18, to defeat the Ashwaubenon Jaguars 7-4 in a Fox River Classic Conference game held at the De Pere Ice Center.

“We came up big with our four power play goals tonight,” said JP Coppo, De Pere head coach. “It was a very exciting game for the crowd.”

Mason Paul notched two goals, and Grant Tritabaugh had three assists and one goal.

Brody Van Den Heuvel had 25 saves in net for the Voyageurs (11-5-2 overall, 3-2-1 FRCC).

The Jaguars (7-13 overall, 1-6 FRCC) were led by Andre Stewart, who had two goals, while Timothy Svetlichny made 24 saves in net.

Ashwaubenon opened the scoring just three minutes into the game when freshman forward Teig Driessen found the back of the net after a beautiful feed from defenseman Parker Dorn.

De Pere had their best chance of the period with 12:20 showing on the clock after Gabe Andrews hit the left pipe on a wrister sent in on goal.

As much as the first 17 minutes didn’t provide scoring excitement for those in attendance, the final 34 minutes went above and beyond.

The Voyageurs evened the game at one when the 6-foot-6, 230-pound Tritabaugh took a puck at the blue line and went through two defenders before punching the puck to Paul who beat Svetlichny.

However, just 17 seconds later, the Jaguars regained the lead 2-1 after Stewart put in a gift off a turnover by De Pere in front of its own net.

Much of the final 10 minutes of the middle period was played with Ashwaubenon in the penalty box and De Pere took advantage with three goals (Mason Paul, Andrews, Charlie Eggers) to take a 4-2 advantage heading into the final period.

After Murphy Eggers gave the Voyageurs a 5-2 lead halfway through the third, the Jags mounted a comeback.

Scoring two goals in a 33-second span, the lead was just 5-4 after Richard Dosa and Stewart scored for Ashwaubenon with 7:43 left.

“I was pleased with a senior in Andre to get two goals tonight,” said Matt Golden, Ashwaubenon head coach. “We are missing two of our top forwards and I think our effort was tremendous in fighting to the end.”

De Pere got insurance goals from Tritabaugh and Michael Thoresen later in the period to close the scoring.

“We had some lapses in judgment and it almost cost us the game,” added Coppo about his team’s third-period performance. “We can’t scoreboard watch. Give Ashwaubenon credit –their kids didn’t quit, and we were fortunate to add that sixth goal to give us some breathing room.”

Box Score

Ashwaubenon: 1, 1, 2—4
De Pere: 0, 4, 3—7

Shots on Goal

Ashwaubenon: 8, 11, 10—29
De Pere: 5, 11, 15—31

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Voyageur's No. 10 Murphy Eggers looks for a teammate to pass to being defended by Jaguars freshman No. 14 Ryan Gady


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