Esky hockey wins 5-4 in shootout

CHELSEA — Christer Carne scored the lone goal in a shootout to help Escanaba outlast Bloomfield Hills 5-4 in the Michigan Public High School Hockey Showcase here Friday afternoon.

Carne was the lone player to score for either side in the shootout, as Esky goaltender Trevor Denome made all three saves.

“Trevor came up big for us,” Esky coach Matt Hughes said. “You don’t see many shootouts in high school hockey, except for these showcases. He made some big saves throughout the game too. We can’t ask any more of him.”

The Eskymos tied the game at 4-4 with just a minute remaining in the third period on a goal by Luke Labre. Labre’s goal came from the point and was assisted by Carne.

“We pulled our goaltender (Denome) with 1:30 left. We battled our whole way through the third period and had our chances but we were able to tie it when we pulled our goaltender.”

Carne scored the first goal of the game, assisted by Grant Wickham and Labre, to make it 1-0.

The Black Hawks responded with back-to-back goals at the 6:40 and 6:50 mark to go up 2-1.

Esky (9-10) tied the game at 2-2 on a goal from Nick Kolich with 2:50 left in the first period. The goal was assisted by Spencer Bourdeau and the score remained tied at two after the first period.

The Black Hawks scored the first goal of the second frame three minutes in. Esky responded with a goal by Kyle Krutina, assisted by Joe Jacobson, to make it 3-3 at the 6:24 mark.

But the Black Hawks scored the last goal of the period with 17 seconds left to take a 4-3 lead into the third.

“It was a very close game,” Hughes said.

“We played from behind quite a bit. We went up early, but then almost midway through the period they go up by one. The same thing happened in the second period. We go and tie it up and then they go back up by one.

“We were very resilient today. We made our mistakes but the guys didn’t let it get to them.”

The Eskymos face East Kentwood today at 12:15.