‘Dogs, Eagles keep battling

From left, Raging Bulldogs player Layne Wilkens and Columbia’s Carter Toal do battle during the rivalry hockey showdown on Nov. 27.  

Both local Mississippi Valley Club Hockey Association squads are performing well entering the holidays, as the focus shifts to the second half of the season.

The Freeburg-Waterloo Raging Bulldogs (10-4)  split two recent contests and sit atop the MVCHA Varsity 1A standings. 

On Thursday, the Raging Bulldogs dropped a 10-2 game against undefeated Edwardsville. Conner Blair and Caiden Anderson netted the goals for Freeburg-Waterloo. 

Blair leads the Raging Bulldogs in scoring this season with 16 goals and 11 assists.

On Monday, Freeburg-Waterloo posted a 9-3 victory over Bethalto. Layne Wilkens, Kole Schilling and Cohin Reynolds each scored twice. Logan Sherman made 37 saves in net.

The next match for Freeburg-Waterloo is Dec. 28 against Triad at RP Lumber Center in Edwardsville.

The Columbia Eagles (7-3-2) sit in the middle of the pack of the MVCHA Varsity 2A standings. 

Columbia posted a 7-2 win last Tuesday over Highland, as seven different players notched a goal. Anderson Judy had two assists for the Eagles. 

Up next for Columbia is a Thursday match against Collinsville in Edwardsville, followed by a Tuesday game against Edwardsville at McKendree Metro Rec Plex in O’Fallon. 

Jack Reuss leads the Eagles in scoring this season with 24 goals and five assists. 

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Corey Saathoff

Corey is the editor of the Republic-Times. He has worked at the newspaper since 2004, and currently resides in Columbia. He is also the principal singer-songwriter and plays guitar in St. Louis area country-rock band The Trophy Mules.
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