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John Rymaszewski sparks Stars' surge

Brookfield/Catholic Memorial goalie JJ Murnane saves a shot on goal by the Germantown/Sussex Hamilton Ice Bears in the Stars’ 3-2 win Feb. 18 at The Ponds in Brookfield.

Brookfield/Catholic Memorial goalie JJ Murnane saves a shot on goal by the Germantown/Sussex Hamilton Ice Bears in the Stars’ 3-2 win Feb. 18 at The Ponds in Brookfield. Photo By Michael McLoone

Feb. 24, 2014

The Brookfield/CMH Stars boys hockey team got the post-season off to a good start, defeating eighth-seeded Sussex Hamilton/Germantown, 3-2, Feb. 18 and then upsetting top-seeded Homestead, 4-3, Feb. 20.

In the first-round win, John Rymaszewski had two goals and two assists to spark the victory.

He scored at 8 minutes, 24 seconds in the first period and then had the second assist on Robbie Fosdick's second-period goal, which Riley Keays assisted on.

Rymaszewski added his second goal at 9:07 and then assisted on Keays' short-handed goal at 4:57 of the third period for a 3-0 lead.

Hamilton/Germantown scored at 10:37 and 16:47, but the Stars held on to win. Goalie JJ Murnane stopped 19 shots.

Down goes Homestead

Top-seeded Homestead scored a powerplay goal and led 1-0 after one period Feb. 20 in the regional championship game. The Highlanders also scored first in the second period to go up 2-0.

But the man of the hour — Rymaszewski — scored a shorthanded goal assisted by Keays to make it 2-1 at end of the second period, before Homestead scored early in third period to make it 3-1.

Then Rymaszewski scored again to make it 3-2, and Brookfield called a timeout with 1:55 left.

The Stars pulled their goalie with 1:20 left in the game to have an extra attacker and tied the game with 23 seconds left with a goal by Nate Mikelonis.

Homestead controlled the first few minutes of overtime, but Rymaszewski scored again for the hat trick to give Brookfield the regional championship and a major upset at Homestead.

Big win

"This was a big win for our team, our seniors and our program," assistant coach Matt Shapiro said.

"We never gave up and fought back the whole game. It was a special night for our kids, and everyone on our bench contributed in some way."

The Stars played fifth-seeded Fond du Lac Springs in Fond du Lac on Tuesday in the sectional semifinal.

Glacier gone

The sixth-seeded Brookfield Glacier girls co-op lost to the third-seeded Appleton West co-op, 3-0, Feb. 20 in the first round.

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