Brookfield/Catholic Memorial Stars snap losing streak on Gentile's goal
Hockey co-op breaks through with 4-3 win Saturday
Nate Gentile's goal in the third period provided a much-needed moment for the Brookfield/Catholic Memorial Stars hockey program, which snapped a seven-game losing streak Saturday when it held on for a 4-3 win over Madison Memorial.
Gentile's goal came on an assist from Nick Stagl and answered the Spartans, who had scored early in the period to tie the game.
"This was a good win for our team," coach Matthew Shapiro said. "We battled back from a tough loss the night before and came in to this game hungry for a win. Some of our more skilled players stepped up and put the puck in the net tonight. When Madison fought back, we were resilient out there and held our ground.
"We still need to be more physical and minimize our turnovers in the defensive zone. We're happy for our boys; they've been working hard for a while now but have been coming up a little short when it counts. They earned this win tonight."
Brookfield scored twice in the first period, getting goals from Robby Fosdick (Stagl) and Riley Keays (unassisted), with the latter goal coming 20 seconds after Memorial had tied the match at 1-1. John Rymaszewski scored in the second period before the Spartans pulled back within a goal by intermission and tied the contest early in the third.
On Friday, the Stars allowed three third-period goals to Cedarburg and fell, 4-1. The Stars outshot the Bulldogs, 28-23, but only scored on a power play in the second period when Keays cashed in an assist from Fosdick.
"There were many positives we took from Friday's game," Shapiro said. "Their first goal of the third period was a deflection of one of our players. It's something we can't control. Some games you get the bounces, some games you don't. There was no defensive zone breakdown, no mistake made. The puck simply took a bounce in their direction.
"Their final goal was an open netter, and if you take those two away, it's a 2-1 game. Our guys had chances too but we were not able to put the puck in the net.
"We've been in at least four to five games this year where it's tied going in to the third period and we've come up short in each one. It's a tough loss but another step in the right direction for our group."
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