Hockey team battles but handed first defeat
The Grafton/Port Washington hockey team stayed right with Homestead for two periods at the Ozaukee Ice Center last Saturday.
But favored Homestead pulled away down the stretch for a 7-2 win that handed the Ice Hawks their first loss of the season.
The Hawks, a co-op team that also includes players from Milwaukee Lutheran, slipped to 5-1-1 heading into a another tough North Shore Conference game
Thursday, Dec. 23, against Cedarburg.
“It wasn’t a bad loss. We played well,” Hawks coach Tony Rieck said of Saturday’s contest.
Grafton/Port trailed by only 3-2 entering the final period.
“We played pretty well the first two periods,” Rieck said. “Homestead had some good scoring opportunities and capitalized on them.”
Senior Travis Sette and sophomore Tim Grams each scored a goal for the Hawks. Sette and Adam Schoenfeld were credited with assists.
Junior goalie Chase Hollander made 36 saves.
Grafton/Port will face Cedarburg at 7 p.m. at the Ozaukee Ice Center. The Hawks will then participate in a three-game tournament Dec. 27 to 29 in Baldwin.
“We’re going to keep battling. We’ve gotten off to a great start this year,” Rieck said.
“We’ve got to start building from where we’ve come. We can’t rest on our laurels. I’ve got a lot of kids showing up prepared to play.”
Grafton/Port 4, St. John’s Military Academy 2
The Ice Hawks took control for a nonconference home win last Friday.
Schoenfeld and Sette each scored once and had two assists. Zach Wilson and Scott Benson added a goal apiece.
Wilson, Scott Benson, Joe Benson and Steve Wick each had an assist.
Hollander made 32 saves.
“When we play people our caliber or a little bit better, we’re doing well,” Rieck said.
“Last year we were losing those games. This year we’re winning them.”