Difficult opposition led to three more hockey defeats for the Grafton/Port Washington Ice Hawks last week, but success may be right around the corner.
The Hawks’ latest setback came Saturday, when they were handed an 8-2 home loss by Whitefish Bay/Nicolet/Shorewood
Grafton/Port stayed within striking distance when it trailed by only 4-2 entering the third period. However, five penalties, including two five-minute majors and one 10-minute misconduct, helped turn the game into a rout.
Junior forward Taylor Snider scored twice for the Hawks in the second period, with assists from Kyler Huck and Carter Day.
Sophomore goalie Ty Barnhill made 43 saves in the loss.
“More than the other two games, we saw the most improvement against Whitefish Bay,” Hawks coach Ryan Donovan said.
“They greatly outplayed us earlier in the season en route to a 10-0 win, but we provided a stiff challenge on this night.”
Earlier in the week, Grafton/Port lost to Germantown, 10-2, on Jan. 7 and fell to Cedarburg, 7-1, on Jan. 5. Both games were at the Ozaukee Ice Center.
The Germantown game opened with a scoring flurry. By the end of the first period, the Hawks trailed, 5-2.
Snider and Huck each scored goals. Jake Klopp had two assists, and Ian Schermer had one.
“Giving up three goals in about a two-minute span near the end of the first period really doomed us,” Donovan said.