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The M&M Thunder’s Carter Erdman races Wisconsin Valley Union’s Olivia Whitmarsh to the puck during their Squirt C game at the Community REC Center on Sunday.

Thunder High School team tops Manistique: Set for Pink Out game this weekend

02/01/2022, 10:45am CST
By Josh Lacy

MARINETTE – The M&M Thunder high school team traveled to Manistique, Mich. this weekend and came away with a pair of resounding wins. The Thunder will host their Pink Out game raising funds for Peshtigo’s Kody Klimek and his family on Sunday.

 

MARINETTE – The M&M Thunder high school team traveled to Manistique, Mich. this weekend and came away with a pair of resounding wins. The Thunder will host their Pink Out game raising funds for Peshtigo’s Kody Klimek and his family on Sunday.

HIGH SCHOOL

The Thunder traveled to Manistique on Sunday and scored 21 goals while topping Manistique/Newberry 10-3 and 11-0.

The same two teams will play again this Sunday in a doubleheader at the Community REC Center. Game one is scheduled for an 8:30 a.m. start with the puck dropping in game two at noon. The noon contest will be a Pink Out game. Fans are invited to wear pink and open their wallets as the Thunder raise funds for Kody Klimek and his family.

Klimek, who graduated from Peshtigo High School last year, is currently undergoing treatment for an aggressive cancer that was found after an injury that was initially suspected to be a torn ACL, but proved to be a malignant tumor.

Admission to the game is free, but the Thunder will be taking donations and conducting a 50/50 raffle with all funds raised going to the Klimek family.

“A lot of our kids grew up with Kody,” coach John Danielak said. “It is scary to see how fast something like this can happen, and we just want to help in any small way that we can.”

On Sunday, thirteen different players scored goals on the day while Adam Lemery had both a hat-trick and a playmaker (three assists) in game two. Broden Krause also had a playmaker in game one.

“We had a great weekend,” Danielak said. “It was really nice to see our kids working together and getting some shots and opportunities for some kids who don’t typically score a lot.”

In both games, the Thunder mounted overwhelming offense in the first period.

“We jumped ahead early in both games and were able to work on some things in our system,” Danielak said. “It gives a team confidence to try out your system and work on cycling the puck and things they need to do against some tougher opponents down the road in a live game situation.

“It was fun to see the kids come together and spread the scoring out. Not a lot of kids are willing to put their own desire to score aside so they can truly help their teammates. That will make us a better team down the road, and every kid now has a goal this season.”

In game one, the Thunder put five goals from five different players on the board in the first period. Randy Van Haden, Lemery, Corbin Spencer, Jermene Zuehlke and Mason Boivin all found the net while Krause, Theron Thayer, Simon Bowers and Spencer each had an assist.

The Thunder outscored Manistique 4-2 in the second period with goals from Thayer, Ashlynn Haley, Zuehlke and Mason Denny.

Joey Danielak capped the scoring with a third-period goal assisted by Haley.

In game two, the Thunder scored eight goals in the first period, two in the second and one in the third.

In addition to Lemery’s hat-trick, Danielak and Krause had two goals each. Glen Woodworth, Denny, Haley and Evan Casey scored goals as well.

The Thunder improved to 8-10 on the season with the two victories and will look to get back to .500 this weekend.

BANTAM

The Thunder Bantams split a doubleheader at Waupun on Sunday. After dropping game one 8-3, the team responded with a 7-5 win in game two.

Three unassisted goals from Blue Haley in the first period, kept game one tied at the first intermission, but Waupun rattled off three goals in the second period and two more in the third to score an 8-3 win.

Ethan King stopped 44 shots while the Thunder were outshot 52-11.

The Thunder offense came alive in game two, scoring on seven of its 38 shots.

Brayden Rounds found the net four times while Haley put two more on the board. Chase Nerat gave the Thunder an insurance goal when he scored midway through the third period.

Haley, Natalie Haile and Logan Sakovitz all had assists, while King was called upon for 54 saves to preserve the win.

The Thunder return to action on Sunday when they host Manitowoc at the Community REC Center.

PEEWEE

The Thunder Peewee team dropped four games against Green Bay B and Shawano A this weekend.

In game one against Green Bay, Collin Campbell netted a hat-trick while Chuckie Bird scored off an assist from Connor Eastman, but the Thunder could not overcome four first-period goals from Green Bay on their way to a 7-4 loss.

Conner Radtke made 22 saves in the loss.

In game two, Campbell scored both goals in a 4-2 loss while Noah Gilbert had an assist and Jack Aftanas made 18 saves.

The Thunder fell 6-0 and 9-0 against Shawano.

The Peewee team will travel to Manitowoc for their WAHA State playdown game on Saturday. Game time is set for 9:45 a.m.

12U Girls

The Thunder 12U Girls swept a doubleheader from SHAW at the REC Center on Saturday, winning game one 4-2 and game two 4-3.

In game one, Alleah Lentz scored a pair of goals while Whitney Haile and Arianna Johnson found the net as well.

Kendal Truckey had an assist and Jadyn Jashinsky made 21 saves against 26 shots.

Game two was scoreless through two periods before Whitney Haile got hot.

Haile knocked in three straight Thunder goals to give her team a 3-1 advantage. Later, she assisted a goal by Aubree Trensch that proved to be the game-winner.

Owen Shaffer made 31 saves against 34 shots.

SQUIRT B

The Squirt B team went 1-2-1 over the weekend in games against Green Bay A and Iron Mountain.

After Green Bay’s A squad handed the Thunder their first shutouts of the season, 11-0 and 8-0, on Saturday, the team welcomed Iron Mountain to the REC Center on Sunday.

In game one, the Thunder got a pair of goals each from Calvin Schroeder and Jaxen Teteak.

After the Iron Kings tied the game with 2:55 to play, Teteak’s second goal sealed a 4-3 win with 2:47 on the clock.

Landon Dura made six saves while Wyatt Kneath was credited with an assist.

In game two, the Iron Kings blitzed the Thunder with four goals in the first period and one more in the second. Meanwhile the Thunder got a goal from Parker Perket and two more from Alex Bird to trail 5-3 entering the final period.

Teteak scored midway through the period, and Kneath leveled the game at 5-5 with a goal with 2:57 remaining.

Owen Shaffer made nine saves to preserve the tie.

The Squirts will travel to Manitowoc for a WAHA State playdown game on Saturday. The Thunder enter the game with a record of 14-6-2 while Manitowoc stands at 14-4. Game time is set for 11:30 a.m.

SQUIRT C

The Squirt C team dropped a pair of games to the Wisconsin Valley Union 10U Girls on Sunday.

Holden Ruiz had the lone Thunder goal of the day while Lucas Wilzius made 44 saves in the two games.

The Squirt C team will play Manitowoc in a neutral site WAHA State playdown game in Shawano on Friday. Game time is set for 7 p.m.

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