Lasers on both sides of 4-3 outcomes
Austin Freeman broke out of an early-season scoring slump at the perfect time, and the Kettle Moraine/Mukwonago/Oconomowoc boys hockey team won a 4-3 battle in overtime against Kenosha on Friday, the first of solid back-to-back games on the ice.
Despite three Freeman assists, the team fell to Bay Port the next day, 4-3, but coach John Brymer considered the game a good one.
"Win lose or draw, you'd like to play 24 of those games for our regular season," Brymer said. "We would score and they'd pretty much answer within the next minute or two. One of our defensemen stepped in and overplayed the puck carrier not watching the weakside winger, and he snuck in and scored a goal to make it 3-2."
That third period goal was the difference. Bay Port added an empty netter before the Lasers scrambled for a late goal, when Freeman found Allen Moutvic.
"All in all, no need to panic; our kids are playing well," Brymer said. "It's just a matter of a bounce or two here or there."
Greg Simandl and Robbie Dombrowski also added goals in the loss, and Jonathan Carfagna and Jim Rice added assists.
"It was good to see Austin step up; he'd been pressing," Brymer said. "All year, he hadn't scored, and then he got the overtime winner Friday night, and that was good for his confidence and took some pressure off him. Now you're seeing him produce a little bit more."
Freeman's goal came on the power play - the third power-play goal of the night - to beat Kenosha.
"We just kind of looked for a backdoor play, and it was there," Brymer said.
The Lasers went up 2-0, but Kenosha scored three unanswered goals in the second period to take a lead, but the Lasers answered back. Simandl posted a goal and two assists, and Matt Sherry and Rice scored, as well. Assists came from Sam Hart, Luke Steidl and Drew Fuller.
"We stayed out of the box most of the night and were able to capitalize on those outnumbered rushes," Brymer said.
Hawks break through
They tried and tried, but Arrowhead's boys hockey team couldn't solve the riddle that was Cedarburg goalie Tyler Jansen - at least, not until the end.
Jake Miller's power-play goal with 1:30 to play allowed Arrowhead to at least leave the rink with a 2-2 tie Thursday in a game where Jansen made 46 saves.Arrowhead headed into the week with a 5-2-1 record, including a 3-2 loss to Sheboygan on Saturday.
Miller scored both goals for the Warhawks, with the second coming on an assist from sophomore defenseman Tristan Rostagno.
"Jake just found a soft area while everyone was staring at the net," coach Mike Watt said. "Tristan got the puck down the right side behind the net and got the puck to Jake, and he fired a perfect shot at the glove end. The goaltender didn't have too much of a chance; he released the puck so quickly that (Jansen) couldn't set himself.
"With the amount of shots we were getting, it can be a confidence booster but also a deflator because you're throwing everything at the goaltender, and he's just a house in there. We had 9 to 10 shots in overtime."
Trevor Macey stopped 24 of 26 shots on Arrowhead's end. Two nights later, Ben Serres and Brian McColgan scored, but a lackluster start set up the Warhawks for a close loss.
"I don't think we woke up until the second period," Watt said. "Once we finally got a power play, it was almost like we were trying to do too much. We weren't keeping the puck deep and making good decisions. We got caught vulnerable."
The teams were tiedheading into the third period, but Sheboygan scored the game-winner.
"That's one you're going to look back on for seedings at sectional and wish you had back."
Glacier to 8-0
On Dec. 14, the Brookfield Glacier girls hockey team posted its third shutout of the season, improving to 8-0 with a resounding 11-0 victory against Beaver Dam.
Jamie Ertl got what turned out to be the game-winning goal for the Glacier six minutes into the game. Trinity Robinson had a hat trick for the Glacier. Emma Ray had three assists.
"I was impressed with the team's attitude tonight," Glacier head girls hockey coach Brian Smith said. "We understood Beaver Dam was going to be less skilled than they have been in previous years, but the girls came with the correct attitude regardless. Over the course of our eight games, we have been up and down based upon our competition, and that bothers me."
But optimism remains high.
"This team has great potential, but we need to keep practicing hard, keep doing the right things and we will continue to get better," Smith added.
On Dec. 21, the Glacier visit fifth-ranked Green Bay.
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