Wausau West has earned a trip to state every March for the last five seasons. The Warriors won it all in 2011, and finished 2nd in 2010 and 2012, but last season's state quarterfinal loss to Verona gave West an early exit from the tournament.
This year the Warriors seem to be playing their best hockey at exactly the right time, especially on the offensive end of the ice. In the team's three postseason games thus far, West has scored 21 goals.
Head coach Pete Susens says he's known all season that his guys had the ability to score a lot of goals, and now they're simply proving it.
"We've had the capability all year long of being much better offensively and I think the last couple of weeks we've started to show that a little bit," says Susens. "We're moving the puck much better through neutral ice and we're doing a really good job attacking the other team's net."
The Warriors take on University School of Milwaukee in Thursday's state quarterfinal at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Madison. Puck drop is set for 6:00 p.m.