SHERIDAN — The Sheridan Hawks High School Hockey team (12-4-0) finished their regular season strong with two wins over the weekend.
The Hawks swept the Park County Ice Cats (4-11-1) on the road Saturday and Sunday.
The winning weekend placed Sheridan second in the division, behind only the undefeated Casper Oiler A’s.
Other teams in the league have games remaining to be played, so final rankings are still to be determined, but the Hawks are expected to finish the season no lower than third place.
Sheridan headed to Park County short handed, with regular scorer Lane Barten and key defensive player Cody Townsend out with injuries. Barten suffered a concussion in the prior weekends match-up against Cheyenne but will return to practice this week. Townsend broke his ankle and is out for the season.
Regardless, the boys were victorious and Saturday’s match was won 5-3 with Logan Garstad leading the way scoring two goals and one assist.
Other contributors were Thomas Moore, Blaine Rasmuson and Kale Tisbert, each with one goal, Lane Eisenman with two assists and Darion Jenkauski, Barak Broad and Riley Simmons with one assist each.
Sunday’s victory was a shutout, outscoring the Ice Cats 5-0.
The very physical game saw victory thanks to Moore scoring two goals, Garstad contributing one goal and two assists, Jess Edens scoring one goal and one assist, Jenkauski with one goal and Logan Churchill and Broad each offering one assist.
The team will continue practice this week, preparing for the State High School A Tournament Feb. 28 through March 2 in Casper.
The Hawks will take a weekend off from games but will add weekend practices and hopefully some pick-up games in the meantime to prepare.
The tournament details are still pending but the top teams, Casper, Sheridan, Gillette and Riverton, will likely face off in a round robin.
Head coach Zane Garstad is proud of the team’s record and looking forward to a tough but fun tournament.
“We haven’t had a good record like that for a while so it feels pretty good,” coach Garstad said, “but we’re definitely going to have our hands full at the tournament. Casper shut out one of the best teams in the league, Riverton, 6-0 and 8-0 a couple weekends ago and we have to play them both.”
The two losses to Casper were two of only three total losses Riverton saw this season.
Though out of game play this past weekend, Barten finished the regular season as top shot of the team, scoring 16 total goals.
Garstad topped the list for assists and total points with 21 and 33 respectively.
Coach Garstad says Logan Garstad and Barten have been playing together a long time and feed off of each other very naturally.
Barten will be back on the ice during the state tournament.