RHINELANDER – Marshfield fell behind early, rallied to tie the game, but couldn’t hold off Rhinelander in the end, dropping a 6-4 nonconference boys hockey game on Friday night.
Rhinelander (3-1) scored three goals in the first seven minutes before Marshfield (5-3) surged to tie the game.
Ryan Krueger and Isaac Wellens had goals in the first period, and Sawyer Schindler scored for the Tigers just 1:40 into the second period to tie the game at 3-3.
Rhinelander pulled back ahead with two goals, including one on a power play, in the final 3:03 of the second period and held on as each team scored in the third.
Evan Weister had the Tigers’ final goal, on a power play, off assists from Wellens and Nate Boson.
A.J. Trierweiler had 28 saves in goal for Marshfield.
Marshfield has a week off before hosting Altoona on Dec. 14 and Grantsburg on Dec. 15 as part of its annual home tournament.
Hodags 6, Tigers 4
Marshfield 2 1 1 – 4
Rhinelander 3 2 1 – 6
First period: 1. RH, Brandon Kolasa (Harlan Wojtusik, Abe Laggis), 5:21; 2. RH, Bridger Flory (Laggis), 6:01; 3. RH, Hunter Hicks (Sam Tgugum), 6:42; 4. M, Ryan Krueger, 7:57; 5. M, Isaac Wellens, 15:57.
Second period: 6. M, Sawyer Schindler (Krueger, Adam Maki), 1:40; 7. RH, Laggis, 13:57; 8. RH, Wojrusik (Caleb Gehrig, Laggis), pp., 16:13.
Third period: 9. M, Evan Weister (Wellens, Nate Boson), pp., 4:57; 10. RH, Flory, sh., 16:11.
Saves: M, A.J. Trierweiler 28; RH, Seth Stafford 17.
Records: Marshfield 5-3; Rhinelander 3-1.