ALTOONA, Wis.—The Rock County Fury didn’t come up with a victory in their two-game weekend road trip to northern Wisconsin, but had a great experience playing two top-notch teams.
Saturday, the Fury played the No. 2-ranked Eau Claire Area Stars. The Fury took a 2-1 lead in the second period, but the Stars rallied with a pair of third-period goals for a 3-2 victory.
On Friday, the Fury fell to the Western Wisconsin Stars in Somerset, Wis.
Saturday, Rock County trailed 1-0 in the first period when Anik Einbeck left the penalty box and skated up ice. Defenseman Anna Malone passed her the puck and her goal tied the game.
Seven minutes into the second period, Einbeck picked up a loose puck and scored to give the Fury a 2-1 lead. The Stars, however, scored twice in the third for the win. Rock County goalie Olivia Cronin was busy with 30 saves.
Friday, Haley Knauf tied the game at 1-1 in the second period. The Fury went up 2-1 in the second when Haley Knauf passed to Alyssa Knauf who found Einbeck in front of the net for the go-ahead score. The Stars answered with three unanswered goals, including an empty-netter.
Fury goalie Olivia Cronin had 17 saves.
The Fury received a No. 1 seed in the playoffs. They will open regional play at Edwards Ice Arena on Feb. 25 against the winner between No. 5 Cedarburg and No. 4 University School of Milwaukee Co-op on Feb. 21.
• BOYS HOCKEY: Beloit Memorial learned over the weekend it will open regional action on Feb. 18. The 12th-seeded Purple Knights will play No. 5 Homestead at Ozaukee Ice Arena at 8 p.m.
The winner of that game advances to play Feb. 20 or 21 against the winner between No. 13 Kenosha Bradford and No. 4 Marquette University School on Feb. 18.