It's considered one of the most prestigious trophies in Central Wisconsin. Now, Wausau West is one win away from taking the Marathon Cup for the 7th straight year.
The Warriors advanced to Saturday's final following a 5-2 victory over Wausau East Thursday night.
West got four of those goals in the second period alone before allowing two scores in the final five minutes of the game.
Head coach Pete Susens says that the team has had trouble finishing games all year long but expects the Warriors to play a complete game Saturday night to win the cup.
"It's our first big goal of every year. The conference race is a whole season thing," Susens said. "But the Marathon Cup is the first tangible thing that we have. And it's our first goal. And it's the one for City Pride and the kids like it and they like keeping it."
Wausau West will play D.C. Everest in Saturday's title game. It's the Evergreens' second straight year in the final. Everest beat Mosinee, 7-2 on Thursday night with senior goaltender Michael Moe making 22 saves against the Indians.
"It's definitely been a burden for the last couple of years," Moe said. "I know West last year kind of got me in a couple of spots but I plan to comeback and stop the puck this year. That feeling, I don't understand that yet until hopefully we get there."
D.C. Everest hasn't lifted the Marathon Cup since 2006 and coach Dan VanSlyke remembers how special winning the trophy is.
"I was on the staff in 06 and it was one of those feelings that you'll remember for the rest of your life," VanSlyke said. "And I just talked to the kids in the locker room about how important it is and how meaningful it would be to bring that trophy back to this side of town."
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