Brookfield scored twice in the third period to turn a close game on its head in a 3-0 win over the Ice Bears hockey co-op (featuring Germantown and several others) Friday, the first of two games over the weekend for the Stars.
Both teams took 26 shots in the shutout, but J.J. Murnane posted his first shutout of the season. Junior captain Robby Fosdick posted three points, scoring once and assisting on both of the third-period strikes.
"We were real proud of how our team responded tonight," Brookfield coach Matt Shapiro said. "We all agreed we didn't bring our best effort in the first period. J.J. made some big saves as the game could have easily gone in Germantown's favor early. We came out with a better focus and a higher level of intensity in the second period. Both goalies played very well tonight. Our boys have been in close games all year. We emphasized the importance of finishing what we started between the second and third period."
In that third period, Riley Keays scored on helpers from John Rymaszewski and Fosdick, and Mason Kollakowsky added the final goal of the night. Rymaszewski also had an assist on Fosdick's goal in the second period.
"We've come up short in the third period too many times this year and you could see the guys would not allow it to happen again," Shapiro said. "We took advantage of a Germantown penalty to go up 2-0 and never turned back. Our guys have worked hard all year and as coaches, it's real rewarding to see them go out there and earn a hard fought 'W.' "
The Brookfield/Catholic Memorial contingent traveled to Arrowhead on Saturday and allowed three second-period goals, on their way to a 5-1 loss at the Mullett Center. Arrowhead came into the Classic 8 battle ranked 10th in the state.
"Our boys were feeling pretty good coming off a tough win the previous night," Shapiro said. "We knew Arrowhead has some good players and always play well at their home ice. We took a penalty in the first period, which led to their first goal. We knew we couldn't make many mistakes to be successful tonight. Good teams will make you pay, and Arrowhead did exactly that."
After the Warhawks took a 3-0 lead, Keays scored on assists from Rymaszewski and Nate Gentile.
"Our guys haven't given up in a game all season," Shapiro said. "We finally got back in the game on a power play goal to bring the score to 3-1. Our guys sensed we were still in it. With 26 seconds left in the second, Arrowhead scored to go up 4-1 on a defensive zone breakdown. The last goal of the second period really hurt us. Anytime you give up a goal within the last minute of a period, it is usually deflating."
The Stars fell to 1-2 in league play and 5-13 overall with the league contest Saturday against Kenosha. Prior to that, the Stars meet Madison West in a nonconference battle at home Friday. The team finishes Classic 8 play Feb. 8 against Waukesha.
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