The Germantown Ice Bears picked up a nice victory over Grafton this past week by a score of 10-2.
Grafton got on the scoreboard first with just 1 minute, 24 seconds into the game, but Germantown tied it at the 6:19 mark off Tony Koerner's even-strength goal. Mitch Emory and Dylan Widmer had the assist.
Hunter Leonhard gave Germantown a 2-1 edge at 10:08 with assists by Ryan Ruona and Joshua Rusniak. Grafton tied the contest at 2-2 at 11:48, but the Ice Bears again gained the lead with a goal by Koerner. Zack Fountain and Austin Phillips had the assists.
The Ice Bears scored two more goals (by Rusniak and Leonhard) in the first period to go up 5-2 at intermission. Germantown came out in the second with three goals by Phillips, Nathan Rozman and Ruona. Rozman and Ethan Rentmeester scored in the third period.
Eryk Guenette registered an assist in the second period.
'Confidence was a big factor in our win against Grafton,' Germantown coach Russ Wanta said. 'Even after being down, the boys played with great confidence. Our issues this year have not been our inability to score. In comparison the last season, we are scoring like crazy. Its has been our inability to prevent other teams from scoring. Our inexperience in the net, combined with our losing record, can quickly deflate our players. We never got behind by more than one against Grafton; this was key in keeping our confidence.'
On Jan. 5, Germantown lost to Homestead, 7-3. The Ice Bears scored first with a goal by Fountain, but Homestead scored twice in the first period. Germantown tied it at 2-2 at the 4:16 mark in the second period off Ruona's goal. Koerner put one in the back of the net at 5:23 to give Germantown a 3-2 lead.
Homestead again scored two consecutive goals and didn't allow the Ice Bears to score another goal the rest of the game.
'We had Homestead on the ropes at the end of the second,' Wanta said. 'We were playing great and they were reeling. A couple of weak goals took the wind out of our sails. The team is solid and together. We will keep fighting.'
Germantown also lost to Cedarburg on Jan. 8, 5-2.