Arland McIlrath scored Kokomo’s goal off a Philip Heilman assist.
“Despite the score I’m very pleased with the way we played,” Kokomo coach Kismet Morrison said. The Kats fell to 2-3
“Defense was outstanding,” Morrison said. “We’ve got a bunch of new guys who’ve just come in and they’re way ahead of the curve at this point of the season. I’m looking forward to when we get to the second half of the season. These guys are maturing so fast and so rapidly I cannot wait to see how they develop in the next year or two.”
EASTERN 6, EASTBROOK 0
After suffering a one-goal loss to Oak Hill on Monday, Eastern bounced back, scoring the shutout against Eastbrook.
Jordan VanMatre scored three goals, and Cole Walker added a goal and an assist. Darren Bellow and Dillon Ryan each contributed with a goal, and Ben Cole and Lucas VanMatre each assisted. Comets’ goalie Delon Tuggle had five saves.
“We had a tough loss against Oak Hill on Monday, and the last two days we have been working on efficiency on getting shots on goal,” Eastern coach John VanMatre said. “Eastbrook is a really good team. We played really sharp in the first half with the score 6-0. Our goal in the second half was not to let them score. It was nice to get the shutout.”
In that 4-3 loss to Oak Hill, Eastern (3-1) had three goals on 39 shots on goal. The Comets also now held their opponents to one goal in the last 150 minutes over those two games.
WESTERN 2, TIPTON 0
Western (3-0) was strong on both offense and defense in shutting out Tipton.
“We played a good game,” Western coach Mike Roe said. “We knew going in that we were stronger than Tipton, and we wanted to maintain possession through shot opportunities. [Both] goals were scored in the first half. Tipton’s keeper did a really nice job. Our whole team played well, and it was a good defensive effort.”