Esky icers beat Jeffers

Prep hockey

WELLS — The Escanaba Eskymos came around in the second period Friday night as they skated to a 3-1 hockey victory over Painesdale Jeffers.

Esky trailed 1-0 after the opening frame before Blane Rinehart tied the score on a rebound from the slot three minutes, 44 seconds into the second stanza.

Christer Carne added an unassisted goal five minutes later, giving the Eskymos a 2-1 lead.

Brayden Stannard concluded the scoring on a breakaway on a pass from Grant Wickham in the third period.

“That was a real nice play,” said Esky coach Matt Hughes. “Grant chipped the puck by their defenseman and caught Brayden in stride in the neutral zone. It was good for us to win, especially with this being Senior Night. They weren’t going away. They pressure you hard and they’re physical.”

Matt Halonen put the Jets ahead on a pass from Clay Larson six minutes into the contest.

“I think we gained some momentum in the second period,” said Hughes.

“We had a slow start and getting scored on early didn’t help.”

Brodie Goddard stopped 38 shots for the Eskymos (7-18), who were outshot 39-21.

“Brodie made a lot of good saves, especially when it was on 1-goal game,” said Hughes. “It was good to win at home. This prepared us for the playoffs.”

The Eskymos host Negaunee in a Division 2 regional opener Tuesday at 7 p.m.