Flivvers net season’s biggest win
By RON DEUTER
IRON MOUNTAIN – Kingsford’s power play put away the No. 14 ranked prep hockey team in the state here Sunday afternoon.
Scoring four times with the man advantage, Kingsford dominated University of Detroit Jesuit 6-3 in a non-conference contest at Mountain View Ice Arena.
“Our power play was clicking,” Flivvers coach Jim Peterson said. “We finally drove it in their heads that you have to bring that puck up high and set it up and they did that.
“This was a huge win.”
Ted Pietila scored three times for the 5-6-0 Flivvers, who have now won three of their last five games, and he assisted on the team’s three other goals.
“We know how good a player Ted Pietila was, and he’s every bit as good as everybody told us,” said Detroit Jesuit coach Rick Bennetts, whose team was playing its third game in as many days after knocking off Calumet 5-2 and 3-2 on Friday and Saturday. “But the rest of the team plays really well too. They do everything.
“We took too many penalties and they capitalized. Give a lot credit to their power play. Our penalty kill didn’t play well enough to make it a competitive game.”
Kingsford jumped out to a 2-0 lead on the downstate visitors in the first period. Pietila slid a backhanded pass from the left circle to the waiting stick of Reid Pietila on the opposite corner of the net for an easy tap in at 7:27.
Pietila made it 2-0 at 11:26 with a power play blueline shot that made it through.
Detroit Jesuit cracked the scoreboard near the end of the frame with a tally from Joey Brisson, and then evened the score early in the second when Pete McMahon fired from the left circle.
But two more Kingsford power play goals midway through the second put the Flivvers in front for good.
Pietila made it 3-2, finishing after a pass from Tony Ward. And Marcus Andrews buried a breakaway chance at 8:05.
“They took advantage, were opportunistic and worked really hard,” Bennetts said. “I think they’re a very good team.”
Brisson’s second goal of the game made it 4-3 just moments after Andrews’ score, But the Flivvers got that one back when Ward cashed in another power play chance at 13:29.
“The kids played well,” Peterson said. “We didn’t really give up a lot of odd-man rushes. I was real pleased with the effort, and certainly, the power play goals were huge.”
Pietila completed his hat trick in the first minute of the third period, winning a faceoff in the Jesuit zone and blasting it through.
Bennetts said playing three games in three days was not a factor in his team’s performance.
“It was a lof of hockey,” he said. “But we were just totally outplayed today.”
Conor Berndt started in net for Kingsford but was removed after Detroit Jesuit put in its third goal. Wes Paupore stopped 16-of-16 shots the rest of the way.
About the only negative for the Flivvers came with four minutes to play when Andrews took a hit from a Jesuit player and went down with a leg injury. Andrews remained on the ice for a few minutes and had to be helped off.
Detroit Jesuit 1 2 0 – 3
Kingsford 2 3 1 – 6
K – Reid Pietila (Ted Pietila, Adam Szabo), 7:27.
K – Ted Pietila (Marcus Andrews), PP, 11:26.
DJ – Joey Brisson (Pete McMahon), 16:42.
DJ – McMahon (Brisson), 1:44.
K – T. Pietila (Tony Ward, R. Pietila), PP, 6:21.
K – Andrews (T. Pietila), PP, 8:05.
DJ – Brisson (unassisted), 8:22.
K – Ward (Pietila, Nick Brule), PP, 12:29.
K – Pietila (unassisted), 0:21.