Drew Christianson

Drew Christianson sends a shot toward the goal during an earlier game this season for the Warriors. Christianson and the Waunakee boys’ hockey team open their postseason run on Thursday, when they square off against Cedarburg.

Bring on the postseason.

The Waunakee boys’ hockey team won their regular-season finale last week, defeating the Cheavers of Reedsburg/Wisconsin Dells to carry a three-game win streak into the WIAA playoffs.

Waunakee 6,

RWD 3

Briefly, the Cheavers actually held the lead against the Warriors: 14 seconds, to be exact.

Reedsburg/Wisconsin Dells scored the game’s opening goal 28 seconds after the puck dropped. Fourteen seconds later, Waunakee’s Tyler Hoffman – from Magnus Sheridan – scored the response from the Warriors.

The goal was the first of four straight from Waunakee. Goals from Steven Pasinato, Danny Reis and Will Roe extended the lead to 4-1 before the Cheavers netted a shorthanded goal midway through the second period to make it a 4-2 game.

In the third, Waunakee buried two more goals – from Isaac Nett and Reis – to hold a 6-2 advantage. The Cheavers managed one more before the game was out, making the 6-3 score final.

In goal for the Warriors, Hunter Beck and Ben Luebke combined to make 28 saves in the victory.

Waunakee’s regular season record stands at 17-7-0 (9-1-0). The Badger North Champion Warriors will return home on Thursday to begin their playoff run against Cedarburg.

The third-seeded Warriors will square off against the sixth-seeded Bulldogs at the Ice Pond, with the puck drop scheduled for 7 p.m. With a win, Waunakee will advance to sectionals on Tuesday, Feb. 25, where the victor between Waupun and Stoughton will await.

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