The Tigers visited the Western Wisconsin Stars for the first of two contests scheduled for this season Saturday, coming away with a 4-1 loss to move to 4-4-1 on the season.

The Stars opened the scoring with a goal early in the first period. That would be the only score as the period ended with a 1-0 Stars lead.

The Tigers prepared to start the second period with a minute remaining from a late first period power play, but mismanaged the puck in the face of an aggressive fore-check and gave the Stars a short-handed opportunity that they were successful in converting to a 2-goal lead.

The Tigers finally tallied a goal early in the third when Maggie Olsen banged in a rebound that initiated with shots (assists) on net from Khloe Spors and Reghan Yourell. That would be the last score for the Tigers and the Stars responded with two more goals of their own.

The Tigers while being out-shot 34 to 27, still had several scoring opportunities in front of the Stars goal, but were unable to find the back of the net.

After a slow start to the game, BRF played much more competitive in the second and third period where shots and scoring opportunities were fairly even but they continued to struggle to finish plays and opportunities from the slot area.

“Along with not giving opponents opportunities early in periods, being able to finish on scoring opportunities will continue to be a focus for the team as we prepare for a challenging second half schedule,” head coach Oak Moser said. “We enjoy playing quality opponents and it only makes us an improved team. We will build from these first half experiences and continue to develop our skill level and our compete level for a full 51-minute game.”

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Jackson County Chronicle editor

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