Esky icers have rally attempt fall just short

CHELSEA — The Escanaba Eskymos created a little bit of momentum in the end, but it wasn’t quite enough to keep them from dropping a 5-4 decision to Davison Thursday night here in the Michigan Public High School Hockey Showcase.

Kyle Krutina scored on a pass from Ethan Silverstone with three minutes left to play, pulling the Eskymos within the final one-goal margin.

Davison, the state’s seventh-ranked team in Division 2, had taken a 5-3 lead a minute earlier.

“We pulled our goaltender (Trevor Denome) with a minute left,” said Esky coach Matt Hughes. “We were able to generate a few shots, but couldn’t tie it up. It was really a good game. Trevor made some big saves. We made some mental errors, but the good thing is the kids are resilient. When we went down by two goals, the kids didn’t let that bother them. They showed some mental toughness tonight. They proved they can play with some real good teams.”

Esky’s Grant Wickham scored the first goal.

Davison then tied the score with a minute left in the first period and took a 2-1 lead in the second.

Christer Carne pulled Esky even three minutes into the third stanza.

Davison answered with a pair of goals, including one on a power play, for a 4-2 lead.

Esky’s power play worked a short time later as Carne scored his second goal to make it 4-3.

Nick Kolich and Chris Sliva had two assists each for the Eskymos (8-10), who meet the Bloomfield Hills Black Hawks today at noon.

“They do a good job matching teams up,” said Hughes. “We’ve been coming down here for many years and they’ve been good to us. It’s a great event.”