Flivver hockey suffers setback

NEGAUNEE – Kingsford yielded a second-period lead and bowed to Negaunee 6-2 in Great Lakes Hockey Conference play at Negaunee Ice Arena.

Coach Jim Peterson’s Flivvers (2-2, 0-2) held a 2-1 advantage after goals from Jordan Wadge (unassisted) and Luke Wahoviak. Andrew Zander and Brien Johnson assisted on the second goal.

Ryan Bischof and Trevor Borlace scored two goals apiece as the Miners of head coach Darrel Sleeman improved to 2-5.

“We were more aggressive on the forecheck and created more scoring opportunities,” Sleeman said. “We put a lot of pressure on (Kingsford).”

Jacob Paquet and Jackson Vilona also notched markers for Negaunee, which led 3-2 after two periods.

“This was our best offensive game of the season and we had very good goaltending, too” Sleeman said.

After Negaunee pulled ahead 4-2 in the third period, Kingsford missed a penalty shot with nine minutes showing. The Flivvers also failed on a power play opportunity with four minutes to go.

Negaunee scored two empty-net goals in the final minute.

Anthony Moyle made 31 saves for the Miners; Wes Paupore came up with 27 stops for Kingsford.

The Flivvers travel to Midland for a pair of games this week, meeting Saginaw Heritage on Friday and Flint Powers on Saturday.

First period

1. NEG, Ryan Bischof (Syrjala), 1:19; 2. KINGS, Jordan Wadge (unassisted), 8:04.

Second period

3. NEG, Trevor Borlace (Ledford, Syrjala), 7:39; 4. NEG, Paquet (Farley), 8:21; 5. KINGS, Luke Wahoviak (Zander, Johnson), 12:39.

Third period

6. NEG, Borlace (Larson, Ely), 5:42; 7. NEG, Bischof (unassisted), 15:32; 8. NEG, Vilona (Larson); 16:46

Power-play opportunities: Kingsford, 0-5; Negaunee, 0-3

Penalties: Kingsford, 3-6; Negaunee, 5-32

Goalie saves: Kingsford, 27 (Wes Paupore); Negaunee, 31 (Anthony Moyle)