EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Eau Claire North hockey has two Wisconsin commits in senior Sam Stange and junior Zach Urdahl. The two have accounted for 72 points in just 15 games. The future Badgers are Osseo Automotive Athletes of the Week. SportScene 13’s Neil Hebert reports.
Quickness, speed, and great chemistry make this duo hard to contain.
"You get to work with guys who have that vision and that drive and skillset,” Ryan Parker, North’s head coach, said.
Stange and Urdahl have been playing hockey together since they were younger, and continue to impress flying on the ice.
"It's really cool to be able to work with each other, to be able to both use our speed and just moving the puck,” Stange said. “To be able to make plays at such high speeds is a lot of fun."
That speed helped bring North just their second win against Memorial since 2006.
"It feels good. It shows our guys, the time and effort they put into it will pay off,” Parker said. “That was the big thing. It's for them. They're the ones going through the grind every day."
"It's easy to get motivated for that game, which stood out,” Stange said of the Huskies’ big victory. “I think we were all pretty fired up. We were able to get going right away.”
"It's great just being able to beat them,” Urdahl said. “They've kind of dominated us the last few years, so getting that win and getting it big is huge for the program."
Stange and Urdahl have accounted for 44 of the Huskies' 62 goals this season. And both of them have a mutual respect for each other's game.
"His second goal against Memorial: it was a two-on-two and he just broke around,” Stange said of Urdahl’s ability to get to the net. “It's easy to play with a guy like that. As long as I put the puck on his stick, good things are going to happen."
"He's such a good player. It helps out my game a ton,” Urdahl said of his future teammate at UW-Madison. “He has a lot of speed. He works really hard. It's awesome being able to play with him.”
Players like Stange and Urdahl don't just have a great impact on the North varsity hockey team; youth hockey players look to be like them one day.
"Ideally, you get that extra enthusiasm,” Parker said. “We get more guys on board with that to keep Husky Hockey going strong for a few more years."
North hasn't won a Big Rivers title since the 1992-93 season. Stange, Urdahl and the Huskies will have one more go at every team in the conference for a chance to add to that banner.