Homestead shocks AHS skaters
Warhawks fall apart in 6-1 sectional loss
On paper, everything seemed to indicate that the host Arrowhead boys hockey team was going to have a good night Tuesday against visiting Homestead.
The Warhawks were seeded third and the Highlanders were seeded seventh in the WIAA sectional semifinal, and Arrowhead (15-7-2) had a much better record than Homestead (11-14-1). Arrowhead was not only playing at home but had defeated the Highlanders on Dec. 8, 7-5.
Sounds like an easy night for Arrowhead, doesn't it? Well, guess again.
Thanks to a big second period when Homestead took a 2-0 lead, the Highlanders never looked back, eventually stunning the Warhawks by a 6-1 score.
Homestead will play Fond du Lac at 7 p.m. Friday, with the winner advancing to the WIAA state meet next week. Arrowhead finished the year with a 15-8-2 mark and had won four of its last five games going into Tuesday night.
Even though the Warhawks outshot Homestead, 34-27 margin, Arrowhead was hurt by nine penalties. Homestead's first goal came on a power play. The numerous whistles against his team didn't sit well with Arrowhead coach Mike Watt.
"At the end of the day, I thought we had a great first period," Watt said after the game. "But I think some of the calls got our kids on edge because we were playing physical, and we were dictating the game. But when the referees decided to take the physicality out of it, that hurt us. We're not playing table tennis out there, it's hockey."
Homestead scores two
After a scoreless first period, the Highlanders scored twice in the second stanza to take a 2-0 lead going into the final period. Their first score came on a power play just 71 seconds into the period. And then, Homestead stunned the Warhawks by getting a short-handed goal.
Playing before the largest crowd at the Mullett in three years, things totally fell apart for the Warhawks in the final period.
Homestead took a 3-0 lead just three minutes into the third before Arrowhead finally scored when Sam Dvorak found the back of the Homestead night with 11:31 still to play.
Arrowhead appeared to be back in the game at that point. But those hopes lasted only 18 seconds as Homestead made it a 4-1 lead when Quinten Ziegler scored.
From there, the game fell apart, as six penalties were called on the two teams in the game's final 9 minutes. Homestead's fifth goal was an empty-netter and their final goal came with just 2:40 left to play.
"Their goalie (Martin Killian) played fantastic," Watt said. "We didn't see him the first time we played them. He made some very good saves. But many of our shots were right on his chest. We didn't get enough bodies in front of him though. For the most part this season, our kids played hard. We've got a good group of kids coming back, but this is hard for us right now. We wanted to play on Friday night."
The Waukesha Wings boys hockey team, with players from the three Waukesha High Schools, Pewaukee and St. John's Northwestern Military Academy, advanced to the WIAA sectional final Tuesday night by edging Milwaukee Marquette at the Naga-Waukee Ice Arena a 1-0 overtime semifinal.
The Wings, seeded second, will face No. 4-seeded Whitefish Bay at 6 p.m. Saturday at Naga-Waukee. If the Wings win that game, they would qualify for next week's state meet for the first time in team history.
In overtime, Nick Rader of Waukesha North scored the game-winner with just 2:07 remaining in the eight-minute overtime.
Wings goalie Jake Kupsky had a big game for the winners, making key saves throughout the game. Zed Dietrich of Waukesha, Alex Runge of West, Doug DeVoe of Pewaukee and Dominic Florian of Pewaukee also played well in penalty-killing situations. Kupsky helped kill off a 5-minute penalty in the second period and a 2-minute penalty in the final four minutes of regulation.
Other local players on the Wings roster are Tiernan Moore of Pewaukee, Cody Vanthournout of St. John's, Trent Borgardt of Pewaukee and Brennan Berg of Pewaukee.
Homestead 6, Arrowhead 1
Second period - 1. HOM, Zach Maassen (Tom Fazio, Adams Hobbs), pp, 15:49. 2. HOM, Ryan Mezera, sh, 6:17. Third period - 3. HOM, Ryan Stendler (Evan Heimerl, Mezera), 13:58. 4. AHS, Sam Dvorak (John Sorenson), 11:31. 5. HOM, Fazio (Hobbs), 11:13. 6. HOM, Fazio (Mike Schulz, Adam Connolly), 7:12. 7. HOM, Mezera (Jake Levin), 2:40. Shots - AHS 34, HOM 27. Saves - AHS Trevor Macey 21. HOM Martin Killian 33
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