The Timberwolves opened their 2016-17 season with a pair of home wins over the weekend, capturing the team title at their own hockey invitational at Tomah Ice Center.
Tomah kicked off the four-team tournament with a 4-3 overtime defeat of Sauk Prairie on Friday night and followed with a 2-0 shutout over Marshfield to claim the championship on Saturday.
Tomah 4, Sauk Prairie 3 OT
Rhett Ritter scored just over three minutes into overtime to lift the Timberwolves to a win in the tourney opener.
Sauk Prairie came out strong, opening up a 2-0 lead, before Ritter scored in the second period to cut the deficit to 2-1.
The Eagles closed out the period with another goal to increase their advantage to 3-1 entering the third period.
Tomah’s Bailey Pieper followed with back-to-back goals in the final frame to knot the score at 3-3 and force the extra period.
Ritter followed by netting the game-winner 3:13 into overtime to lift the Timberwolf skaters to the win.
Paul Vender and Sam Peterson combined to turn away 21 Sauk Prairie shots on goal.
Tomah 2, Marshfield 0
Vender was stellar in the net again on Saturday, recording 23 saves in the net to fuel Tomah’s 2-0 victory over the Tigers.
A pair of first-period goals was all the Timberwolves needed to turn back Marshfield, which defeated Black River Falls 3-2 on Friday.
Ben Borreson scored with the help of an assist by Jagger Hammer just under five minutes into the first period to give Tomah an early 1-0 advantage.
Nate Venner helped the Timberwolves double their lead late in the frame, when he scored off an assist by Noah Nick with 2:29 left in the period to give Tomah a 2-0 lead.
Tomah improved to 2-0 overall with the win.
The Timberwolves are back in action Tuesday, when they travel to the Omni Center in Onalaska to take on Holmen-Aquinas in the 7 p.m. Mississippi Valley Conference opener for both teams.