Hockey team stays on the attack but loses three games during round-robin weekend
Despite outshooting their opponents, the Grafton/Port Washington Ice Hawks lost three games last weekend, as well as another hockey player for the season.
In a four-team, round-robin tournament the Hawks hosted at the Ozaukee Ice Center, they fell to Eau Claire North, 5-3, on Friday; to Viroqua, 11-3, on Saturday; and to Greendale, 12-1, on Sunday.
All that came even though Grafton/Port posted a cumulative shot advantage, 98-83.
The Hawks’ best chance to win was Friday when they took the ice with energy and aggressive defense.
Grafton/Port fell behind, 3-0, but rallied. Senior forward Tim Grams led the comeback with a hat trick, assisted by Nate Perez, Bryce Fisk and Bubba Holzer.
The Hawks trailed, 3-1, before blistering the net with 25 shots in the third period. Although they scored twice in the period, North matched that effort.
North’s all-tournament goalie Bryce Kamenick had 48 saves to preserve the win.
Against Viroqua, the Hawks fell behind, 6-0, in the first period.
Grafton/Port again fought back, this time with a goal by Brad Karrels (assisted by Fisk and Perez), an unassisted goal by Grams and a final tally by Perez, assisted by Grams and Karrels.
Viroqua continued to pull away with three goals in the second period and two more in the third period.
The Hawks were outshot, 33-23.
Against tournament champion Greendale, Grafton/Port played “toe-to-toe” with a tough opponent, Hawks coach Dan Wade said.
Grafton/Port was outshot by only 25-18 but committed several costly turnovers that led to Greendale goals.
Grams, who was named to the all-tournament team, scored the Hawks’ lone goal with an assist from freshman Max Manz.
Karrels suffered a serious, season-ending injury that Wade said marred the game. He is the team’s third upperclassman to be sidelined for the year.
This weekend, the Hawks (0-4) will play a pair of road games. After facing West Salem at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the West Salem Hockey Rink, they will take on La Crosse Central at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Green Island Ice Arena.
Image Information: SENIOR FORWARD TIM GRAMS (right) scored all of Grafton/Port Washington’s goals in a 5-3 loss to Eau Claire North last Friday at the Ozaukee Ice Center. The host Ice Hawks also lost to Viroqua and Greendale in a four-team, round-robin tournament. Photo by Sam Arendt