The New Richmond boys struggled in their final home hockey game of the season, losing in their regular season finale to Hayward, 6-0, on Tuesday, Feb. 11.
The Tigers were outshot 22-7 in the first period of the game as Hayward built a 2-0 lead. The Hurricanes scored twice in each period and they finished with a 42-31 edge in shots on goal.
With seeding already completed, there was little riding on this game. The Tigers didn’t show much of an energy level, especially early in the game, which didn’t set will with the coaches.
“It was a collective letdown,” said Tiger coach Zach Kier. “As a coach, I was disappointed.”
There are nine days before the Tigers play again. That will be in their WIAA Division 2 tournament playoff opener. The Tigers, the fifth seed in the section, will play at fourth seed Rice Lake at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 21.
The Tigers asked Rice Lake to move the game up one night, but Rice Lake refused. Kier was already scheduled to be the best man in his best friend’s wedding on Feb. 21. He said Rice Lake showed no willingness to work with the Tigers on changing the date. Assistant coach Ryan Kelly will serve as the head coach for the Rice Lake game.
The winner of the Feb. 21 game will advance to the sectional semifinals on Tuesday,