After winning three of its last five games after a 0-9-1 start, the Icebergs girls high school hockey co-op appeared to be a good position for another victory Jan. 18 against the Lakeshore Lightning at the Ozaukee Ice Center in Mequon.
The team scored two first-period goals and still held the lead until the closing seconds of regulation before the Lightning tied the game in the closing seconds to force overtime.
The game ended in a 2-2 standoff as the Icebergs overall record moved to 3-11-2.
McFarland’s Kylie Babcock scored the Icebergs first goal at even strength off an assist from Stoughton’s Taylor Nisius at 6:10 of the first period. Oregon’s Izzy Newton increased the lead to two at the 10:26 mark with Stoughton’s Sydney Schipper and McFarland senior Aeryn Olson getting the helpers. It marked the fourth straight game Olson has been credited with a goal or an assist.
The game remained 2-0 Icebergs until 12:48 of the second period as Anna Gontarski of the Lightning put a shot into the net on the power play to cut the lead.
The Icebergs stayed on top 2-1, but with two seconds left in regulation, Gontarski struck again to tie the game and send it into an eight-minute overtime.
The Lightning outshot the Icebergs 22-14. Stoughton freshman Aven Gruner made 20 saves in net for the Icebergs, and the Lightning’s Maura Farrell stopped 12-of-14 Icebergs shots.
The Rock County Fury takes on the Icebergs on Friday, Jan. 24, at Stoughton’s Mandt Arena with faceoff scheduled for 7:15 p.m. The Fury, which won 4-1 in the teams’ first game of the season in December, is led by junior Annika Einbeck who leads the team with 15 goals and 21 assists for 36 points.
Cap City Cougars 7, Icebergs 1
The Cap City Cougars, ranked No. 2 in the state according to the Wisconsin Prep Hockey, had 12 wins in their first 13 games and a 6-0 league record entering their Jan. 14 Badger Conference game against the Icebergs at Mandt Arena.
Zephryn Jager, Amanda Bauer and Lauren Bliefernicht had provided much of the offense for the Cougars.
Gruner made 35 saves against the Cougars, but the Icebergs ended up on the short end of a 7-1 result.
The Cougars scored twice in the first period, four times in the second and once in the third.
The Icebergs only goal came at 13:47 of the second period as Schipper scored off assists from Olson and Newton.
Bauer ended up with four goals for the Cougars, Jager had five assists, and Bliefernicht had two goals and two assists. Izzy Hahn and Lexi Holman shared the goaltending for Cap City and combined to make six saves.
It was the 13th time this season the Cougars have allowed one goal or fewer in a game and the seventh time the Icebergs have allowed six or more goals.