Boys Hockey Jensen

Blizzard’s Dane Jensen tries to skate with the puck around Ely’s defenders during Friday night’s game.

SIREN – A more prime opportunity may not present itself.

The WSFLG boys co-op hockey team could ask for little more than getting a home game against a team that also has struggled this season, to get that elusive first win. On Thursday, the Blizzard host a Rice Lake team on a four-game losing streak, including a pair of shutout losses in its last two games.

The Warriors have a 3-7-1 overall record entering Thursday’s game and earned two of their three wins in the first week of the season. They may represent WSFLG’s best chance so far at a win to end the season-long skid that reached 10 games with an 8-2 loss to Northwest last Thursday.

Every goal in the first and second periods were scored by the Icemen, giving them a 7-0 lead. They scored three goals in a three-minute span of the first period, all at even strength, before scoring four more in the first eight minutes of the second period.

The Blizzard couldn’t capitalize on a first-period power play and they were on the penalty kill for much of the third period.

Chance Lessard scored an unassisted goal just under three minutes into the third and Dane Tollander made it a 7-2 game with a goal seven minutes later, assisted by Will Gerber. Northwest added the final goal with less than a minute remaining.

Cashton Kapp made 28 saves for WSFLG and the win was Northwest’s second in as many games against the Blizzard. The Icemen won a 9-1 decision on Dec. 28.

WSFLG continues its stretch of home games after this week’s matchup with Rice Lake; the Blizzard (0-10) also host Chequamegon-Phillips-Butternut on Saturday and Baldwin-Woodville on Jan. 23.