Brookfield Stars lose to Kettle Moraine, Sheboygan
Boys hockey team continues to struggle
The Brookfield Stars boys hockey team lost two more games this weekend, dropping a 4-0 decision to Kettle Moraine at Eble Ice Arena and a 5-2 decision to Sheboygan on Saturday at Ponds of Brookfield.
"KM is a well-coached team that has depth at each position," Brookfield assistant coach Matt Shapiro said. "We had lost our last three games by one goal in each game and our boys have been working real hard. We're playing better hockey and starting to put the pieces together."
But then the Stars took a step back.
"We lacked the effort and focus teams need to be successful at the varsity level," Shapiro said. "We came out flat and we were never able to establish any consistent pressure."
Kettle Moraine's experience played out against the Stars.
"They have a large presence of older players on their roster and our youth was really exposed tonight," Shapiro said. "They put pressure on us early and we were unable to respond."
Kettle Moraine, which received an honorable mention in the state rankings, scored twice in the first period and once each in the final two. The Stars were outshot, 35-17.
In Saturday's loss, Brookfield scored first, but Sheboygan scored two quick goals immediately to end the first period with a 2-1 lead.
The Stars scored their first goal as Riley Keays knocked it in with assists from Leo Spanuello and Mikey Hawthorne. Sheboygan's first came on a power-play.
In the second period Brookfield tied the game when Keays scored on a short-handed goal with assists from Robby Fosdick and John Rymaszewski.
But 25 seconds later, Sheboygan took the lead 3-2, adding another goal in the period and a fifth goal in the final period.
The Star were barely outshot, 33-31, but they just couldn't convert enough.
"This was a tough loss for our team," Shapiro said. "It was night and day from our effort from last night's game against KM. Sheboygan has a good team and they responded quickly after each goal we scored. We had some good scoring opportunities tonight but weren't able to finish."
Shapiro felt the team has had some bad luck.
"We've told our guys, we haven't been getting the bounces to go our way lately," he said. "That's hockey. Sometimes you play a real good game but don't get the bounces you need to win."
Shapiro is still proud of his team's attitude.
"Our guys are doing a good job of staying positive and understanding what we're trying to accomplish this year," he said. "We knew coming in to the season that there would be growing pains along the way. Our guys will keep working hard each day, stay positive and strive to get better each time we touch the ice."
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