Playing without their leading scorer, the Stevens Point Area Senior High boys hockey team was in need of someone to fill the absence,
Senior forward Bryan Quinn filled it and then some.
Quinn notched his first varsity hat trick as he helped the Panthers crush Marshfield 10-1 Tuesday night at K.B. Willett Arena.
With the victory, SPASH remains undefeated in Wisconsin Valley Conference play, and will host rival Wisconsin Rapids 7 p.m. Thursday.
Despite the lopsided ending, the first period was anything but decisive.
Point only held a 1-0 advantage after the first period due in part to the Tigers defense blocking many of the shots before they even reached goalie Brad Krueger. The lone score came at 5 minutes, 44 seconds, when Nick Paige sent a back handed shot between the legs of Krueger.
After the first period, however, the flood gates opened.
“In the first period we didn’t deserve to score,” SPASH coach Dan Francis said. “We were not moving out feet and that wasn’t making them (Marshfield) loosen up their defense.”
SPASH got the scoring started just 40 seconds into the frame, and never let up en route to a five-goal period enacting the run-time rule with four minutes left in the period with its six-goal lead.
The Panthers scored twice on the power play, first by Jared Hucke and then by Bryan Quinn, while senior Matthew Dufresne added both his goals in the period.
“We blocked well in the first period,” Marshfield coach Doug Steines said. “But after that, Point dumped the puck in our zone and pursued it, and put away the rebounds.”
Even with a 6-0 lead, the Panthers never let their foot off the gas. Quinn added his second goal less than two minutes into the period while Hucke added his second three minutes after helping the Panthers add three more goals to take a 9-0 lead before Marshfield was able to finally get on the board.
The lone Tiger tally came with less than a minute to play when Bobby Leggon slipped the puck past an outstretched Zach Norrgran and inside the far post to cut it to 9-1, but Quinn would conclude the scoring with his third goal with less than 30 seconds to play to finish off the hat trick.
For the game, SPASH goalies Nathan Siclovan and Norrgran combined for 15 saves while Krueger and Austin Pickhard made 40 stops.
“We came out flat, but in the second and third we battled and buried the rebounds,” SPASH’s Bryan Quinn said. “We have to build off the last two periods and carry it on ahead into our next games.”
First Period: 1. SP, Nick Paige (Matthew Quinn), 5:44.
Second Period: 2. SP, Jared Hucke (Paige, Matthew Dufresne), :40 (pp); 3. SP, Matt Hoyt (Nick Larson); 2:38; 4. SP, Dufresne, 7:07; 5. SP, B.Quinn, (9:21 pp); 6. SP, Dufresne (Grant Czaikowski), 13:00.
Third Period: 7. SP, B.Quinn 1:46; 8. SP, Hucke (Dufresne, M.Quinn), 4:42. 9. SP, Hoyt ,14:31; 10. M, Bobby Leggon (Cole Irish), 16:07; 11. SP. B.Quinn, 16:27 (pp).
Records: SPASH 7-0-1, 3-0 WVC; Marshfield 1-8-1; 0-4 WVC.