Three-game challenge in four days leaves tired Grafton/Port hockey team 1-1-1
Grafton/Port Washington hockey coach Tony Rieck said his team should have gone 2-1 last week, but winning three games in four days was too much to ask.
Instead, the Ice Hawks went 1-1-1, capped by a 3-3 tie with Kenosha in a nonconference game last Friday at the Ozaukee Ice Center.
Grafton/Port was coming off a hard-fought loss the previous night and didn’t have much energy, Rieck said.
Each team scored a goal in each period and nothing in overtime.
“The night before (against Cedarburg) was a very, very physical and tough game,” Rieck said.
“Kenosha was definitely a team that we should have beat. We just didn’t have any gas left.”
Senior Tyler Sass scored two goals for the Hawks, and Adam Schoenfeld had one. Travis Sette, Steve Wick and Scott Benson each had one assist.
Rieck said Schoenfeld and Wick are continuing to play well, though Wick’s name won’t show up in the box score as much as his teammates.
“He does the dirty work to get the other guys the goals but doesn’t need all the glory,” Rieck said.
The draw left the Hawks with an 8-3-2 overall record.
Cedarburg 6, Grafton/Port 1
The Hawks had a strong start, but their depleted lineup couldn’t keep pace in a North Shore Conference makeup game Jan. 6 at the Ozaukee Ice Center.
Rieck said his team played well in the first period but was outskated and outshot the rest of the way.
Benson scored the Hawks’ goal.
The win gave the Bulldogs a 1-0 conference mark and left them 5-6-1 overall.
Grafton/Port fell to 1-2 in league play but has the best overall record of the five NSC teams.
Grafton/Port 4, Oshkosh 1
The Hawks got two goals in the second period and outscored their opponent, 2-0, in the third to seal a nonconference victory in a makeup game at home Jan. 4.
Senior Zach Wilson had two goals, Jordan Smith had a goal and an assist, and Tim Grams scored once.
Schoenfeld, the team points leader, had two assists, and Benson contributed another.
Junior goalie Chase Hollander made 28 saves.
This weekend, the Hawks will take aim at equalling their season-best total of 10 wins with a pair of games. They will play St. John’s Military Academy at 6:15 p.m. Friday at the Eble Ice Arena and host Manitowoc at 9 p.m. Saturday.
Although St. John’s is 0-12, Rieck said the Lakers always play his team tough. The Hawks won, 4-2, when the teams met Dec. 17. Manitowoc has a 2-9-1 record.
Two seasons ago, in Rieck’s first year as their coach, the Hawks had 10 wins, the most in their decade-long program.
“We’re plugging away,” Rieck said. “I like the way things are going and the progress we’re making.”