The Stoughton boys hockey team was defeated by McFarland 5-1 in a Badger East Conference opener on Tuesday, Nov. 30, at the McFarland Community Ice Arena.

The Vikings followed that up with a 1-1 tie with Viroqua on Friday, Dec. 3, at Viroqua Community Arena.

Stoughton was then topped 4-1 by rival Milton in a Badger East Conference game on Monday, Dec. 6, at Mandt Park in Stoughton.

Milton 4, Stoughton 1

The Red Hawks scored a late first-period goal 16 minutes, 18 seconds into the first to take a 1-0 lead.

Stoughton (0-4-1, 0-2-0 Badger East) responded with a short-handed goal from sophomore forward Colby Thompson in the second period to tie the game at 1-1. Milton broke the tie with a short-handed goal of their own from Gannon Kligora.

The Red Hawks netted a pair of third-period goals for the 4-1 final.

Stoughton senior goalie Max Nihles finished with 33 saves.

Stoughton 1, Viroqua 1

Stoughton and Viroqua went into the third period tied after two scoreless periods.

Viroqua broke the 0-0 deadlock with an even-strength goal 8 minutes into the third. Stoughton senior forward Hayden Schreier scored a late equalizer 16:46 into the third to tie the game at 1-1.

The game went into overtime, but like the first and second periods, there was no scoring. Stoughton outshot Viroqua 38-33. The Vikings had 21 shots on goal in the second period.

Nihles had a stellar game in the net, stopping 32 of the 33 shots he faced (.970 save percentage).

McFarland 5, Stoughton 1

McFarland’s Simeon Pommerening scored the first goal of the game and the only one in the first period to give the Spartans a 1-0 lead. Deven Johnson equalized with an even-strength goal for Stoughton in the second period.

Aiden Gabrielse and Chase Quelle both found the back of the net in the second to put McFarland back on top at 3-1. Aiden Gabrielse and Alexander Gabrielse both added third-period scores.

Nihles collected 36 saves in the loss.

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