The Brookfield/Catholic Memorial Stars hockey team improved to 9-1-1 on the season with a pair of victories, including a Classic 8 Conference win over Kenosha.
In the Saturday tilt, John Rymaszewski scored twice in the third period to help the Stars grab a 4-2 victory. After a short-handed goal broke a 2-2 tie, he scored again with assists by Riley Keays and Vince Dombrowski. Patrick McKnight and Bailey McKnight both scored in the first period, with Keays and Rymaszewski each recording assists.
"There is not a weak opponent in our conference, and traveling to Kenosha is always a tough game," said coach Matt Shapiro. "We came out with a much better focus and intensity level than we had the night before. We were able to keep pressure on Kenosha all night in their zone, and our forecheck was very effective. They have a real talented goaltender that made some big saves for them."
Shapiro said his team was confident heading into the final stanza.
"Our boys have faced adversity game after game, and we've found ourselves in close games all year," he said. "Our boys stayed composed and John Rymaszewski made a big play to give us the lead late with a short-handed goal. I'm proud of our guys and the way they've handled themselves so far. Our schedule gets real tough over the next few weeks and close games like these will help us a team moving forward."
Against Greendale one night earlier in a non-conference game, the Stars finally played their first home game of the year at The Ponds and celebrated a 4-2 victory.
"We knew it would be a while before we would compete at our home rink in front of our own fans," Shapiro said. "Playing nine games on the road to start the season was tough, but our guys have handled it real well and hopefully it will help us down the stretch as we'll continue to face some tough road matchups."
The Stars started slowly but went up by two goals after the first period. The Ice Force pulled to within a goal twice, but the Stars answered both times. Rymaszewski picked off a pass in Greendale's zone and scored for a 3-1 lead, and Keays scored twice in the game, with Robby Fosdick adding another score.
"To Greendale's credit, they did not back down and kept the pressure on our guys," Shapiro said. "We've been in tight games all year and have found ways to come out on top even when we haven't brought our best efforts."
JJ Murnane stopped 25 shots, then added 15 saves the next night against Kenosha. Assists against Greendale came from Dombrowski, Fosdick, Noah Mikelonis and Patrick McKnight.
The Stars face Waupun (10-3) in a 6:30 p.m. Friday meeting on the road. The Stars defeated Waupun on Dec. 1, 3-2.
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