Jeffers slips past Kingsford icers
By RON DEUTER
IRON MOUNTAIN – A go-ahead power-play goal by Drew Morris in the third period sent Jeffers to a 3-1 Lake Superior High School Hockey Conference victory over Kingsford at Mountain View Ice Arena Monday.
Morris, who added an empty-netter in the final minute, accounted for all three scores for Jeffers.
Winning goalie Dax Durocher made 26 saves, while Flivvers netminder Wes Paupore turned away 34 shots in what was a dominating show by both keepers.
“I thought it was a good hockey game, two good goalies going at it,” Jeffers coach David Bekkala said.
Neither team could find the back of the net during the first period, and nearly seven minutes of the second went by scoreless until Morris beat a defender on a rush up the middle and got one by Paupore.
Kingsford evened the score in the opening minute of the third, as a Marcus Andrews deflected a slapshot fired from the blueline by Adam Szabo.
Jeffers argued for a high stick call on Andrews’ deflection, but to no avail.
Unfortunately for Kingsford, the deflected shot was the only thing that got by Durocher.
“He’s a real good goalie,” Flivvers coach Jim Peterson said. “We also missed some chances right in the slot by trying to make one too many moves.
“We also can’t seem to catch a break. It’ll just go off the stick or we shoot it wide. It’s just the way it’s been going.”
All the momentum Kingsford gained by evening the score was quickly dashed with an unsportsmanlike penalty, and Morris – with Paupore screened – put Jeffers back in front less than two minutes later.
“Seems like we’ve been doing that a lot this season,” Peterson said. “We get momentum and then take a bad penalty.”
Kingsford pulled Paupore to try to re-tie the game during the final minute, but the effort was short-lived as Morris was able to get to the puck near the Jets’ blue line and put enough stick on it to make the distance to the empty net on the other end.
“I’m proud of Morris,” Bekkala said. “He came though with three goals which is huge. But I’m also proud of Dax. He kept us in the game.
“Kingsford had some real quality, grade A scoring chances.”
Jeffers improved to 8-2, while Kingsford slipped to 2-6.
“The kids are working hard,” Peterson said. “We weren’t real disciplined. We’ve just got to keep working at it.”
The Flivvers play at Hancock Tuesday, Jan. 7.
Jeffers 0 1 2 – 3
Kingsford 0 0 1 – 1
J – Drew Morris (unassisted), 6:56.
K – Marcus Andrews (Adam Szabo), 0:37.
J – Morris (Nick Harris, Tyler Bailey), PP, 2:19.
J – Morris (unassisted), EN, 16:01.
Goalie saves – J: Dax durocher 11-7-8 – 26; K: Wes Paupore 11-8-15 – 34.