KM hockey team falls in overtime
Lasers can't hold 2-0 lead in final period
After two periods Tuesday in thee WIAA sectional semifinal game against visiting Whitefish Bay at the Naga-Waukee Ice Arena, all the momentum belonged to the host Kettle Moraine/Mukwonago/Oconomowoc boys hockey team.
The Lasers had a seemingly safe 2-0 lead, were playing tough defense and appeared on their way to a second straight WIAA sectional championship game appearance.
And then, in the blink of an eye, all of that momentum was gone. And eventually, so was the victory.
Whitefish Bay scored its first goal of the final period with 14:28 still to play and then tied the game on a power-play (5 on 3) less than six minutes later to tie the game at 2-2.
Thanks to two outstanding saves by KM goalie Quinn Disrud in the game's final minutes, the Lasers made it to overtime with the score deadlocked at 2-2.
The Storm (21-4-1) then wasted little time winning the game in the overtime, getting a goal from senior Andy Krugler just 72 seconds into the eight-minute extra period. The victory vaulted Whitefish Bay into the sectional title game Saturday at 6 p.m. at Naga-Waukee against the Waukesha Wings, who topped Milwaukee Marquette in overtime, 1-0, in the first game Tuesday at Naga-Waukee.
The loss ended the Lasers season at 14-8-4. KM was the No. 1 seed in the sectional.
"Our guys did not come out hard in the third period," said KM coach John Brymer. "They got some momentum when we got into some penalty trouble and that's what killed us. They had a 5-on-3, and that's when they scored. We got the first penalty, then the second, and you just can't go to the box like that. We took some bad penalties and they took advantage of it."
Lasers take the lead
The two teams, who battled to a 1-1 draw back on Jan. 19, played to a scoreless tie after the first period. The Lasers outshot Whitefish Bay in the first period by a 12-11 margin.
But in the second period, the Lasers offense came to life. Jeff Johnson got KM on the scoreboard as he connected with 12:46 to go in the stanza. Austin Freeman assisted on that score.
Just six minutes later, Kettle Moraine connected again, taking a 2-0 lead when Freeman scored after picking up a nice pass from Matt Sherry for a power play goal.
That momentum didn't seem to carry over into the third period for the Lasers. The Storm got their first goal just 2:32 into the period and then tied the game on the power play before winning it in overtime.
"Both teams had chances tonight that they didn't take advantage of," Brymer said. "We certainly had our chances and the puck didn't go in for us. Both teams played hard. What are going you to do? They had a little more at the end that we did."
Top stories from the Lake Country area. Tuesday afternoons and Thursday mornings.
Enter your e-mail address above and click "Sign Up Now!" to begin receiving your e-mail newsletter Get the Newsletter!
Do you have news or a nonprofit event that you would like to share with the community? Whether it's a community organization, a business, a local school, or a notable neighbor, we'd love to hear about it.
- Member celebrates 94th birthday Tues Apr 21st
- Celebrate Spring with Schauer Community School of the Arts
- Hamilton student experiences government program
- Hamilton Band Boosters host Annual Spring Tasting
- Hamilton drama to present “Charlotte’s Web”
- Local Chiropractors Discuss: Arthritis Doesn't Have to Mean It's Time to Slow Down
- Hamilton announces March students of the month
- AAUW Oconomowoc awarding two local scholarships
Lake Country residents share their views on news, happenings and current events.
LivingLakeCountry.com features more than a dozen community bloggers - a group of volunteer conversation leaders who are up on the latest topics and never short on an opinion. Just a few are pictured here. Check out the rest and see what they have to say!
View All Blogs
Do you want to become a Community Blogger? LivingLakeCountry.com welcomes your thoughts and opinions. Contact us for more information:
I want to blog