STAR JOURNAL REPORT
The Rhinelander High School varsity boys hockey team fell behind by four goals before finally scoring late in the second period and ended up losing Saturday’s non-conference home game to Kingsford, Mich., 6-1.
“I was very disappointed in our lack of physical play as we allowed them to walk around us and control the puck most of the night,” said Hodags head coach MJ Laggis. “They are a fast transition team as they get up the ice quickly and move the puck fast. We were unable to slow them down, and we played poorly in our defensive zone.”
RHS got on the scoreboard with 1:09 left in the second period on a power-play goal from Brandon Kolasa assisted by Hunter Hicks and Cole Spaulding to cut the deficit to three goals.
Kingsford then did all the scoring in the final period with a pair of goals from Daunte Fortner that completed a hat trick.
Shots on goal favored Kingsford, 33-11, with Evan Hedtke stopping 10 shots to record the win in net. Seth Stafford made 27 saves in a losing effort in goal for the Hodags.
RHS’s season record stands at 7-5 overall and 4-3 in the Great Northern Conference going into Thursday’s home conference game against Mosinee.
Kingsford 6, Hodags 1
Kingsford 2 2 2 – 6
Hodags 0 1 0 – 1