Silverstone scores four goals for Esky in 6-4 win

CHELSEA — Junior Ethan Silverstone scored a career-high four goals to lead the Escanaba hockey team to a 6-4 win over East Kentwood here Saturday in the final day of the Michigan Public High School Hockey Showcase.

The Eskymos jumped ahead 3-0 in the first period, with the first two goals being scored by Silverstone. Luke Labre assisted the first one and Kyle Krutina assisted the second on the power play. Nick Kolich scored the third goal for Esky and Grant Wickham assisted.

Silverstone scored again six minutes into the second frame, making it 4-0. Krutina picked up another assist on the play.

“His goals were nice shot placement on his part,” Hughes said. “It was just simple plays, him being in the right spot and his teammates passing him the puck. He was putting himself in a good position to take a shot. It was one of those things where it was just his afternoon.”

The Eskymos ran into some penalty trouble in the second period, picking up five that resulted in a couple of power play goals for East Kentwood.

“We played good, jumped up 4-0, and then got a little complacent,” Hughes said. “Guys started taking frustration penalties. The whole second period was a parade to the penalty box. Penalties definitely hurt.”

After Esky’s lead was trimmed to 4-2, Silverstone responded with his fourth goal at the 15-minute mark of the third stanza to make it 5-2. Labre and Krutina picked up the assists.

East Kentwood scored shortly after to make it 5-3, and then Christer Carne scored Esky’s last goal at the 7:40 mark. Wickham and Kolich assisted on the play. East Kentwood scored once more with 2 1/2 minutes left to make it 6-4.

“In the third period we played well,” Hughes said. “We were able to create some offense, scored the first goal of the period and didn’t give up. The guys battled and we were able to come through with a nice win on the road.”

The Eskymos (10-10) finished the weekend 2-1, also beating Bloomfield Hills Friday and losing to Davison Thursday.

“It’s very positive to play three games in a row on the road against three evenly-matched teams and go 2-1,” Esky coach Matt Hughes said. “We’re very happy to go 2-1 on the weekend.”

Esky visits Kingsford Tuesday.