Grant Newcomer

Senior captain Grant Newcomer scored the winning goal in overtime to help the McFarland High School boys hockey team defeat Milton 4-3 at the McFarland Community Ice Arena.

When it comes to making big plays and scoring key goals, Grant Newcomer always seems to come through for the McFarland High School boys hockey team.

The senior notched a goal 4:36 into overtime as the Spartans skated away with a 4-3 win over Badger South Conference rival Milton on Feb. 7 at Stoughton’s Mandt Arena.

It was McFarland’s second win of the season over Milton after a 7-2 home victory Jan. 7.

As for Newcomer, he has 30 goals this season along with 26 assists for a total 56 points. He needed two more in McFarland’s final two games to break his career high 58 points last season.

Thor Rosten gave the Spartans a 3-2 lead at 4:49 of the third period off Newcomer’s assist. But the Spartans penalty kill couldn’t maintain the lead as the Red Hawks’ Mitchell Masters tallied on the power play at 10:02 to tie the game. The game remained tied through the end of regulation and went into the eight-minute overtime.

McFarland began the game strong with 24 shots on goal in the first period against Milton’s net-minder Luke Grote. But the Red Hawks scored first 2:23 into the game as Tyler Ellis nailed an even strength goal off Masters’ assist.

McFarland tied the game at the 10:24 mark with sophomore Simeon Pommerening beating Grote off a Newcomer assist.

Ellis gave Milton a 2-1 lead at 5:49 of the second period as teammate Gannon Kligora set him on a shot that went past Spartans goalie Gus Hoel. Five minutes later, Newcomer came through with an even-strength goal to tie the game 2-2 after two periods.

The Spartans were lucky to yield just one second-period goal as it was whistled for 33 total penalty minutes including two 10-minute misconduct infractions and a five-minute major for checking from behind.

Hoel saved 27-of-30 shots to secure the McFarland win. Grote stopped 45 of the 49 shots he faced.

The win improved the Spartans overall record to 16-4-2 and 8-3 in the Badger South. Milton has won only once in 10 league games.

McFarland plays its regular season finale Thursday, Feb. 13, at Oshkosh with faceoff scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

After that, the Spartans will open WIAA Division 2 postseason action Thursday, Feb. 20, against visiting Oregon. McFarland has the No. 4 in its sectional bracket and Oregon is rated No. 5. The winner would play No. 1 Fond du Lac St. Mary’s Springs or No. 8 Monona Grove.

Spartans 2, Sauk Prairie 2

Pommerening scored a goal at 11:18 of the third period and helped the McFarland High School boys hockey team end in a 2-2 deadlock against the visiting non-conference Sauk Prairie Eagles on Feb. 4.

Pommerening slipped a shot past goalie Jordan Connor off assists from Newcomer and freshman Cal DeChambeau to erase a 2-1 Eagles lead.

Newcomer put McFarland on the board at 5:04 of the first period off Pommerening’s assist, but Sauk Prairie’s Camden Desroches tied the game on the power play at the 11:28 mark.

Desroches gave his team the lead at 7:50 of the second period to give Sauk Prairie a one-goal advantage.

Sauk Prairie outshot McFarland 41-24 with Spartan goaltender Hoel making 39 saves.

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