Monroe entered the Feb. 8 Badger South Conference against the host Monona Grove High School boys hockey team with the best record in program history.

The Cheesemakers had a 13-6-2 record overall and had already beaten the Silver Eagles 5-2 in a Jan. 7 game in Monroe. Unlike the first game when it allowed two first-period goals, MG stayed close and trailed just 3-2 after two periods. But the Silver Eagles couldn’t get closer as a power-play goal and empty-net score in the closing seconds led Monroe to a 5-2 win.

After Blaze Jenicke put Monroe on top at 11:19 of the first period with team’s first of four power-play goals, senior Keaton Straka at the 15:16 mark off an assist from Sebastian Karns-Bingham.

Brandon Churches gave MG a 2-1 lead at 1:22 of the second period as Trevor Ogden earned the assist. But Cooper Dreyfus scored even strength and Hayden Roth notched a power-play tally to put Monroe on top 3-2 after two periods.

It was still a one-goal game until 9:42 of the third period as Dreyfus scored on the power play to increase the Monroe lead to two. Roth added an empty net goal with 26 seconds remaining.

Monroe outshot MG 50-35 as Silver Eagles goalie Andrew Gilbertson made 45 saves. Monroe’s Jayden Johnson came up with 33 saves.

The Silver Eagles, which fall to 4-15-2, competes in a two-day tournament in Wisconsin Rapids starting Friday, Feb. 14.

Monona Grove begins the WIAA Division 2 postseason Thursday Feb. 20 against St. Mary’s Springs in Fond du Lac with faceoff scheduled for 8 p.m. MG is ranked No. 8 in its sectional bracket, and St. Mary’s Springs is rated No. 1.

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