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Eagles upend Monroe
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MONROE - It took six periods of hockey, but the Monroe Avalanche boys hockey co-op is on the board.

The Avalanche lost to Sauk Prairie 12-3 Friday, but scored their first three goals of the season. Sauk Prairie's Cam Geskici scored three goals to earn a hat trick and teammate Michael Wenzel added two goals to power the Eagles.

Monroe sophomore Tyler Johnson scored two goals. The first goal for Johnson came in the first period and cut the Eagles' lead to 2-1. The Eagles led 7-1 at the end of the first period. Johnson scored his second goal at 13 minutes, 43 seconds in the second period to cut the Eagles' lead to 9-2.

"Every game is an improvement," Monroe coach Josh Smith said. "Every period is a little bit better."

Jeff Guilliams added a goal in the third period for the Avalanche. Monroe goalie Dan Guilliams of Freeport Aquin had 47 saves.

Smith said Guilliams had a 75 percent save percentage against the Eagles.

He's still trying to find out how the Avalanche (0-3) can get out to a stronger start.

"We have had some slow starts," he said. "We have come out cold. It's one of those things where it's really difficult to pin down and fix."

Monroe is at McFarland Tuesday and then hosts Monona Grove Friday, Dec. 12.