ESCANABA - The opening game of the Gil Versailles hockey tournament couldn't have gone any better for the Escanaba Eskymos as they coasted to a 9-1 mercy-rule victory over Tomahawk, Wis.
The game ended after two periods and the Eskymos holding an eight-goal lead, which by rule, ends the game.
"It was a big difference from last Friday," said Escanaba coach Tim McCarthy referring to a 8-0 loss to Macomb Dakota. "We knew the first four games would be tough but we didn't know what Tomahawk would be like. We played them like we ended last Saturday. We took it to them."
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The Escanaba Eskymos celebrate a goal by Levi Wunder in the second period of their game against the Tomahawk, Wis. Hatchets Friday at the Wells Sports Complex. Escanaba won the game 9-1, and will face off against L’Anse in the championship game today.
Escanaba led 3-1 after the first period. Nick Vandermissen had a hat trick with three goals and one assist. Jake Eastin had two goals and two assists, as did Ben Lasecki. Derek Challier had three assists.
"Everyone played," said McCarthy. "It was different being on the other end of the mercy rule."
Escanaba will play in the championship game today at 2:15 p.m. against L'Anse, which beat Negaunee 5-2 earlier Friday night.