Great Lakes Hockey League

Wolverines season ends with loss to Portage Lake

Sunday Apr 6, 2014 - 1:02pm CT
By: Calumet Wolverines

The fifth-seeded Calumet Wolverines finished the round-robin portion of the Great Lakes Hockey League playoffs in the fifth spot, losing a tiebreaker to Mosinee to earn a spot in the semifinals. 


Calumet defeated the De Pere Deacons 5-1, and lost to the Portage Lake Pioneers 6-2 in the tournament. Mosinee, who also went 1-1, won the tiebreaker with a +1 goal differential. 


In the Wolverines win over De Pere, Mike Babcock scored two goals, while Jack Maccani, Josh Harju and Logan Rastello added one each. Ryan Patrick made 26 saves to earn the win.


The Pioneers earned a 2-0 lead with back-to-back power-play goals early in the first period. The second-seeded Pioneers tacked on another before the end of the first period. Two more Pios goals in the second meant the Wolverines had to dig out of a 5-0 hole. 


Alex VanWagner scored on a nice feed from Zach Babcock to bring the Wolverines within four early in the third, and after a Portage Lake goal, Harju netted his second of the tournament to keep the Wolverines goal differential at zero. 


Calumet outshot Portage Lake 37-30 in the contest, but was bettered for the seventh time in eight contests this season. 


The Wolverines finished the year with a 15-13-3 record, including a 13-10-3 record during the regular season. 


Wolverines earn No. 5 seed - start playoffs Friday night

Sunday Mar 30, 2014 - 9:18pm CT
By: Calumet Wolverines

The Calumet Wolverines earned the No. 5 seed in the Great Lakes Hockey League, and are paired up with North Division Rivals De Pere and Portage Lake for next weekend’s playoffs.


The Wolverines will play at 5:30 CDT Friday against the No. 8 seed Deacons. Calumet (13-10-3) finished 2-0-2 against the Deacons this season. De Pere finished 9-14-3, and were led by goaltender Dave Eland. Eland had six games where he faced more than 50 shots, including a 62-save performance in Calumet in late March.


The Wolverines will then face a familiar rival, the Portage Lake Pioneers on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. CDT. The Pioneers finished the season 20-6-0, earning the North Division crown. The Pioneers defeated the Wolverines in 6 out of the 7 times they played this year. 


The GLHL playoffs feature all nine teams this year, with teams split into three groupings. The top seed from each grouping will earn a berth in the semifinals, and one wild card team will also earn a spot. The tournament will be played in Fond du Lac, Wis. 


Wolverines falter and lose Gibson Cup series once again

Sunday Mar 30, 2014 - 9:14pm CT
By: Calumet Wolverines

The Calumet Wolverines got game one, and held a lead in the third period of the deciding game of the 2014 Gibson Cup Series, but the Portage Lake Pioneers once again pulled off a comeback, and won the series clincher 6-3 Saturday night at Dee Stadium.


It was a tough one for the Wolverines to bite, especially because it’s the fourth straight year the Wolverines have lost the series despite winning game one. 


Calumet won game one 3-2 Thursday at the Dee with Logan Rastello scoring two goals, including the game winner. The Pioneers won game two by a 3-1 score, despite Ryan Patrick making more than 50 saves.


Josh Harju and Mike Babcock scored to give Calumet a 2-0 lead late in the first period, but the Pioneers equaled it early in the second. Josh Harju scored his second of the night late in the second period, giving Wolverines fans hope for a win. The Pioneers scored a power-play goal early in the third, and added two more to clinch the game and series. 


Wolverines finish GLHL season on six-game point streak

Sunday Mar 23, 2014 - 10:17pm CT
By: Calumet Wolverines

The Calumet Wolverines fell 5-4 in overtime Saturday night to the De Pere Deacons to finish their Great Lakes Hockey League season on a six-game point streak. 


Calumet finished the season with a 13-10-3 record, good for third in the GLHL North Division, and either the fifth or sixth seed as Wolverines prepare for the GLHL playoffs. That will begin April 4 in Fond du Lac, Wisconson. The schedule will be released March 30.


The Wolverines head into the most important weekend of the season next week as the team will battle for the historic Gibson Cup in a best-of-three series with cross-town rival Portage Lake Pioneers. The series begins Thursday night at 7:30 at Dee Stadium, then Friday in Calumet at 7:30, and will conclude Saturday at the Dee if a third game is needed.


The Wolverines 5-4 loss to De Pere came despite a 66-20 shot advantage. Alex VanWagner had a goal and an assist in the game. 


Calumet traveled to Eagle River Friday night and earned a 6-5 victory over the Falcons. Logan Rastello netted his fourth of the game with four seconds left to extend the Wolverines winning streak to five games. Jeff Erkkila had a goal and three assists, and Eric Basauno added a goal and two assists.