KM hockey team falls in overtime
Lasers can't hold 2-0 lead in final period
After two periods Tuesday in thee WIAA sectional semifinal game against visiting Whitefish Bay at the Naga-Waukee Ice Arena, all the momentum belonged to the host Kettle Moraine/Mukwonago/Oconomowoc boys hockey team.
The Lasers had a seemingly safe 2-0 lead, were playing tough defense and appeared on their way to a second straight WIAA sectional championship game appearance.
And then, in the blink of an eye, all of that momentum was gone. And eventually, so was the victory.
Whitefish Bay scored its first goal of the final period with 14:28 still to play and then tied the game on a power-play (5 on 3) less than six minutes later to tie the game at 2-2.
Thanks to two outstanding saves by KM goalie Quinn Disrud in the game's final minutes, the Lasers made it to overtime with the score deadlocked at 2-2.
The Storm (21-4-1) then wasted little time winning the game in the overtime, getting a goal from senior Andy Krugler just 72 seconds into the eight-minute extra period. The victory vaulted Whitefish Bay into the sectional title game Saturday at 6 p.m. at Naga-Waukee against the Waukesha Wings, who topped Milwaukee Marquette in overtime, 1-0, in the first game Tuesday at Naga-Waukee.
The loss ended the Lasers season at 14-8-4. KM was the No. 1 seed in the sectional.
"Our guys did not come out hard in the third period," said KM coach John Brymer. "They got some momentum when we got into some penalty trouble and that's what killed us. They had a 5-on-3, and that's when they scored. We got the first penalty, then the second, and you just can't go to the box like that. We took some bad penalties and they took advantage of it."
Lasers take the lead
The two teams, who battled to a 1-1 draw back on Jan. 19, played to a scoreless tie after the first period. The Lasers outshot Whitefish Bay in the first period by a 12-11 margin.
But in the second period, the Lasers offense came to life. Jeff Johnson got KM on the scoreboard as he connected with 12:46 to go in the stanza. Austin Freeman assisted on that score.
Just six minutes later, Kettle Moraine connected again, taking a 2-0 lead when Freeman scored after picking up a nice pass from Matt Sherry for a power play goal.
That momentum didn't seem to carry over into the third period for the Lasers. The Storm got their first goal just 2:32 into the period and then tied the game on the power play before winning it in overtime.
"Both teams had chances tonight that they didn't take advantage of," Brymer said. "We certainly had our chances and the puck didn't go in for us. Both teams played hard. What are going you to do? They had a little more at the end that we did."
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