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Esky utilizes power play in 7-0 win over Bay City

TRAVERSE CITY — The Escanaba Eskymos took full advantage of the power play Friday on the first day of the Traverse City showcase, scoring on 6 of 7 power-play opportunities in a 7-0 shutout win over Bay City.

The Eskymos (8-4) jumped on top halfway through the first period on a power-play goal from Nick Kolich. The score remained that way until Sawyer LaMarch and Grant LaMarche added two more power-play goals in the second.

“I think we just got the puck down deep, were able to move it around and took good shots when they came our way,” Esky coach Matt Hughes said.

“We didn’t pass them up and shot the puck. We were able to apply a lot of pressure.”

Leading 3-0 heading into the third period, the Eskymos poured it on with three more power-play goals by Jayger LaMarch, Ethan Silverstone and Kyle Krutina. Gunner Bourdeau scored Esky’s only even-strength goal of the game on an assist from his brother, Spencer Bourdeau, as seven different players scored for Esky.

Karson Krutina and Kolich each recorded playmakers.

“It was good to see that everyone was contributing,” Hughes said. “That means we were being unselfish and moving the puck around.”

Esky was outshot 28-26, but Trevor Denome stopped all 28 shots he faced and came up with some big saves.

“They put some pressure on us when we were at even strength, but special teams was the key today. We were able to take advantage of that,” Hughes said. “We took two penalties, but we were able to kill them off. Trevor was forced to make some saves.”

Esky returns to action in the same showcase today at 10 a.m. against Midland Dow.

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