RHINELANDER - The scoreboard said Rhinelander boys hockey’s 5-1 loss to Waupaca Saturday night was more of the same.
The coaches are saying something different after the Great Northern Conference opener.
“The thing that I like is for the first time since the first game of the year, there’s a lot of energy in the locker room. The kids were super positive to each other, and that makes me happy because I think we can win some hockey games,” said head coach M.J. Laggis. “I realize that at 0-5 you could scoff or laugh at that, but I really believe we’re going to win some hockey games before we’re done.”
While the Hodags did drop to 0-5-0 and 0-1-0 in the GNC, statistics reflect Rhinelander’s improvement. They were within three shots on goal at 26-23.
“We outshot them in the second and third. We’re playing better and have to keep getting better,” Laggis said.
Freshman Alex Littleton played the entire game in goal and stopped 21 of the shots.
“I think Alex did a nice job, but we’re in a situation right now where we’re pretty much going back and forth between goalies. He got it tonight. (Jake) Arno will get it Tuesday night. That’s how we’re going to roll for a while,” Laggis said.
Chris Hagen notched the Hodags’ only goal. Trailing 1-0 in the first period, Hagen picked the pocket of a Comet blueliner and squeezed a lefty wrister past Waupaca goalie Walker Smith to tie the game.
The Comets, however, would score four unanswered goals after that – one more in the first, two in the second, and one in the third.
Jerry Erickson had a pair of goals and an assist to move to 12 points on the year for 3-2-1 Waupaca. Frankie Ellingson also had two goals.
Even in the loss, the pros outweighed the cons for Laggis.
“The thing that I liked the most tonight is that we’re playing with a lot of intensity, a lot of scrappiness. You can see that we’re young, you can see we’re immature, but we’re catching passes better, and we’re playing hard in the offensive zone, and we’re generating more shots,” he said.
Laggis said he expects Northland Pines to go to State this year. The Hodags will get a chance to upset the Eagles Tuesday at Rhinelander Ice Arena. Listen to the game with Adam Matyska on HodagSports.com. The puck drops at 7pm.
ACROSS THE NORTHWOODS - Do bugs seem to be everywhere in your home, even though there's snow outside? One type of bug in Wisconsin spends the winter inside our houses! They look like Lady Bugs, but they are actually not native to this country.
"They're actually called a multi-colored Asian Lady Beetle. They can be anywhere from a pale yellow to a darker orange and they have black spots on them but you'll see some that don't have spots," says Kerri Ison, UW Oneida County Extension.
RHINELANDER - Our record breaking snow storm left more than 6,000 people across the Northwoods without power.
WPS had to rely on 20 extra crews from Green Bay, Wausau and Menominee to restore power.
But getting to the outages was a challenge.
A representative for WPS says workers are expecting even more outages to be reported.
"Not all of the back roads are plowed yet and that's where a lot of outages are located," said Leah Van Zile, WPS Community Relations leader. "Throughout the day as the temperatures warm, we expect to receive additional calls due to the unloading of snow off of the tree branches."
Eagle River had one of the highest number of customers affected by the outages.
Representatives for WPS say this was one of the hardest winters they've had to deal with.
"We've had some really, really severe wind chills which has really made the temperatures below zero. Typically, only in emergencies do we work in those conditions," said Van Zile. "But pretty much any other time, whether it's a rain storm, a snow storm, a wind storm, our guys are out there working, getting that power back on."
The number of outages dropped below 4,000 since earlier today.
If you're still without power to call 1800-450-7240.
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