Pines boys hockey full of confidence heading into second halfSubmitted: 01/07/2018
Story By Mark Spillane

Pines boys hockey full of confidence heading into second half
EAGLE RIVER - Northland Pines boys hockey last won the Great Northern Conference five years ago. Since then, the Eagles have watched the Antigo Red Robins capture four titles in a row.

But so far this year, Pines is undefeated in conference and 11 and three overall. That success has been anchored by goaltender Ethan Polich, who is currently tied for the state lead in wins.

"After the last championshup game in the holiday tournament, I really realized what speed I need to be playing at to be successful and the intensity I need to have. I think it's just really clicked to me so far this year," said Polich.

Polich has allowed just 18 goals during his 14 games. And just last week the Eagles lost by just one to yearly powerhouse Wausau West.

"It was really nice to see because the past couple of years I've been playing we've lost 8-0, 8-2 or whatever. The fact that we were able to play with one of the top teams in the state really gives us a lot of confidence," said Polich.

Polich and the Eagles earned a shutout yesterday with a seven to nothing win over Wisconsin Rapids.

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