Kingsford pours the coal to Esky
WELLS — Things got out of control Thursday night as the Escanaba hockey team fell to Kingsford 9-1 in a game that was cut short due to the mercy rule.
“We didn’t give our best effort,” said Esky coach Matt Hughes. “We had many breakdowns and many turnovers. Unfortunately, we turned it over to the wrong guys on their team, guys who were putting the puck in the net.”
The Flivvers (12-6-1) wasted no time as they scored just 13 seconds into the game on a goal from Colin Watkins assisted by Reece Fortner and Pete Ropiak.
Just 1:57 later, Kingsford scored again on a power-play goal from Nick Murvich assisted by Sawyer Perpich and Ropiak.
“When we play like this, we’re going to be awfully hard to beat,” said Kingsford coach Dennis Murvich. “Our fore-check was great, our back-check was great, goaltending was solid. That was a solid effort from us. Probably our best effort of the year.”
The Eskymos (5-11) had a great opportunity to score on a 5-on-3 power play in the first period , but squandered the chance. They couldn’t capitalize on five power-play opportunitiesin the game. Kingsford, on the other hand, was 2-for-2 on power-play opportunities.
“We had many power-play opportunities with 5-on-4 and 5-on-3 and we moved the puck around and were unable to capitalize,” said Hughes. “It’s something we need to work on. I think that finishing on our good chances is the main thing and we were unable to do that tonight at all.”
Esky did score later in the period with 6:01 left on a goal from Aaron Young assisted by Blaine Reinhart and Brayden Stannard.
The Flivvers scored again with 2:01 left in the first period on a goal from Daunte Fortner assisted by Trey Bociek and CJ Dantes to take a 3-1 lead heading into the second period.
Kingsford really broke the game open in the second period scoring four goals, including two goals 51 seconds apart to grab a big 7-1 lead going into the final period.
“Once you get a couple goal lead everybody grips the stick a little less tight,” said coach Murvich. “They start making plays and the floodgates start to open. Everything we shot went in tonight and it just was one of those nights.”
The third period didn’t last long as the Flivvers scored two quick goals from Fortner and Eamonn Weed ending the game after just 2:39 of play.
Esky travels to the Chelsea Showcase next Thursday while Kingsford hosts Negaunee Tuesday.
Kingsford 3 4 2 — 9
Escanaba 1 0 0 — 1
K — Watkins (R. Fortner, Ropiak), :13
K — Murvich (Perpich, Ropiak), 2:10
E — Young (Blaine Reinhart, Stannard), 10:59
K — D. Fortner (Bociek, Dantes), 14:54
K — Ropiak, 2:54
K — Murvich (D. Fortner, Hedtke), 8:02
K — Weed (Burke), 8:53
K — Dantes (Ropiak, R. Fortner), 15:28
K — D. Fortner (Bociek), 1:12
K — Weed (Burke, Brule), 2:39