Senior Tyson Laux has already proven himself to be very talented with a racket on the McFarland High School boys tennis team. He is also showing he has what it takes to be an accomplished hockey player.
Laux scored two goals and assisted on Carson Lehnherr’s third-period tie-breaking goal to help the Spartans get past DeForest 5-3 Nov. 29 at the Ice Pond of Waunakee.
With the game tied 3-3 heading into the second intermission, Laux and Bryce Flemming assisted on Lehnherr’s second tally of the night at 4:02 of the third period to put McFarland ahead for good. Grant Newcomer padded the lead at 9:31 on a Jack Bartzen assist put the Spartans up 5-3.
McFarland outshot DeForest 44-23 but missed out on five power-play opportunities.
Laux put the Spartans ahead at 4:42 of the first period off assists from Lehnherr and Max Binger, but DeForest’s Nicholas Garnell found the back of the net on the power play to tie up the contest at 11:16.
Two minutes later, Lehnherr scored his first goal unassisted to give the Spartans a 2-1 lead.
DeForest got the equalizer at 2:03 of the second period off the stick of Jack Hagen, but the Spartans regained the lead at 5:14 as Laux found success off another Binger assist. But Hagen’s tally at 12:55 forced the game into a 3-3 deadlock.
Goalie August Hoel saved 20-of-23 DeForest shots to earn the victory. The Norskies Christian Bault took the loss after stopping 39-of-44 shots.
McFarland plays its home opener Friday against Badger South Conference foe Madison Edgewood with faceoff scheduled for 7 p.m.
The Crusaders are led by junior Thomas Weis, who had eight goals and four assists for 12 points in the team’s first four games. Goalie Zach Walker had two victories in three games with nine goals allowed and a save percentage of .859.
Spartans 6, Beaver Dam 0
Three first-period goals by Lehnherr, Newcomer and Simeon Pommerening provided an early jump for the Spartans which blanked the Golden Beavers at Beaver Dam on Nov. 27.
Pommerening’s goal at 14:03 of the first period came on the power play with Newcomer earning the assist.
Newcomer scored for the second time at 4:02 of the second period on a helper by Chase Quelle, and Bartzen’s goal at 5:27 opened the McFarland lead to 5-0.
Binger provided the Spartans sixth goal at 5:33 of the third period.
The shots on goal were almost even with McFarland getting 41 and Beaver Dam 37. Tucker Jarrett earned the shutout victory in net for McFarland.