SPOONER – The WSFLG boys co-op hockey team had a difficult start to the season.
In three games that included the season home opener, the Blizzard were outscored 21-2 and entered the second week with a 0-3 record.
They started at Northwest on Dec. 3 and were outshot 45-5 in a 9-0 loss. The Icemen scored three goals at even strength in the first period before a six-goal second period. Northwest scored five goals at even strength and one on the power play.
The Blizzard had prime opportunities to get on the board in the third period with Northwest getting called for five minor penalties that allowed four WSFLG power plays, including one with a two-skater advantage. However, the Blizzard managed just three shots despite the time with at least one extra skater.
Cashton Kapp made 35 saves for the Blizzard, who avoided another shutout on Thursday but again were denied that first win.
Dane Jensen scored the Blizzard’s first goal of the season late in the first period with assists from Gage Hall and Chance Lessard, giving their team a 1-0 lead. But Regis-Altoona-McDonell followed with four unanswered goals to take a 4-1 win.
The Blizzard were outshot 35-14 in the game and Kapp finished with 31 saves.
WSFLG opened its home schedule on Saturday against Black River Falls, which scored six first-period goals in an 8-1 win. The Tigers notched all their first-period scores at even strength before the Blizzard were able to get on the board in the second period.
Will Gerber scored off a Ross Anderson assist early in the second to make it a 6-1 game though the Blizzard got no closer. The Tigers finished with a 35-9 advantage in shots and Kapp had 27 saves.
The Blizzard play at Moose Lake this Thursday and host Amery on Dec. 26.