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Athlete of the Week: Alex Nagel

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“Nothing but net” is a term typically reserved for basketball, but when you have scored as many goals as Antigo's Alex Nagel, it applies to hockey as well. The Red Robins' senior captain makes no bones about his favorite facet of the game.

“For sure the offensive part” Nagel said with a smile. “Everyone kind of gives me crap for that, but I like scoring goals. You're kind of in a glory spot right away, but it's kind of a 'feel good'.”

And Nagel was feeling real good on Tuesday night, as he scored three goals in period two en route to a 6-3 victory over SPASH in the Section 3 semi-finals. Nagel's play helped lift the Red Robins to a third-consecutive section final.

“We were just getting the puck in the net, getting on the goalie,” Nagel said of his team's performance Tuesday night. “And then following up on rebounds – that's something coach has been stressing a lot these last few weeks. Finding some dirty goals, so that seemed to be working last night.”

With 230-plus career goals, Nagel became Antigo's all-time leading scorer this season. An impressive mark made even more remarkable by the fact that he missed 10 games as a freshman.

“Alex is very good at moving the puck,” said Antigo's head hockey coach Matt Borneman. “You know, he can find the back of the net. He's got a knack for be able to score... It's hard to teach that scoring technique, but he's got it. He can find the back of the net. It's all about hockey sense.”

With aspirations to play at the next level, Nagel sees his record-setting career on the ice at Antigo as just the beginning.

“I'm definitely proud, but I've got to stay humble” Nagel said. “I've still got a long road ahead, even after high school. I'm hoping to play juniors then college hockey, so it's a good start.”

Before leaving Antigo, Nagel hopes to help lead the Red Robins to a state title -- a feat possible if the squad can overcome Wausau West -- winners of six-straight Section 3 tournaments -- on Saturday in the section finals. Game time is 2:30 p.m. at Greenheck Ice Arena.

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