Two-goal third period not enough for Flivvers
By RON DEUTER
IRON MOUNTAIN – Northland Pines used a three-goal second period to grab a lead it would never lose, and Kingsford fell 5-3 in non-conference hockey Tuesday at Mountain View Ice Arena.
“It’s like our typical second period,” Flivvers coach Jim Peterson said. “We’re undisciplined and we start taking penalties. And that just kills us.”
The Flivvers led 1-0 after one period, as Marcus Andrews tallied an power-play goal less than four minutes into the game. the assist went to Alex Wiitanen. But the Flivvers missed a golden opportunity to add to their lead by failing to capitalize on a 5-on-3 advantage late in the frame.
A penalty on Kingsford as the horn sounded put the Eagles on the power as the second period opened. An interference call came on the heels of that Northland Pines power play, allowing the guests an extra skater for about the first four minutes of the second period.
Kingsford totaled seven minor penalties in the game to Northland’s four. The Eagles didn’t have a penalty after the first period.
The Eagles didn’t cash in early in the second, but a six-minute spurt during the middle of the stanza saw them put away three goals.
“We are very undisciplined and then we get worn out,” Peterson said. “As we get tired, their speed takes over. All the sudden there’s more cushion in the corner and they start coming out and getting pucks on the net.”
Zacher Kennedy, Bailey Ramesh and Noah Weber all converted for Northland Pines (18-3-1) during the stretch.
“They are strong skaters,” Peterson said.
In all, the Eagles fired 51 shots on Flivver goalie Wes Paupore. The Flivvers were limited to just two in the second frame and 18 for the game.
Northland Pines took a 4-1 lead early in the third with a goal by Nick Dean. The Flivvers answered that a few minutes later when Luke Wahoviak went to work in front of the net and pounded an uncontrolled puck past the outstretched leg of Eagles goalie Jacob Stephen.
A power play tally by Dean made it 5-2 with about five minutes to play. Kingsford sliced it to 5-3 at 14:40 when Adam Szabo skated in on the left side and slid a pass over to Wiitanen in the slot for quick strike.
Kingsford mounted some late pressure in the final minutes, but couldn’t draw any closer.
“We didn’t quit, but we just can’t be as undisciplined as we were, and it’s been happening every game,” Peterson said. “Those penalties wear us right out.”
Kingsford wrapped up its weekend down in Chelsea with a 5-3 loss to Marysville in the Michigan Public High School Hockey Invitational Showcase.
The Flivvers, despite giving up two power play goals, battled to a 2-2 tie at 12:30 of the second period. The Vikings (6-14) pulled ahead 3-2 one minute later.
Kingsford missed out on a two-man advantage for 55 seconds of the second period. The Flivvers also failed on two other second-period power play opportunities.
In the third period, Andrew Zander’s power-play goal cut the Flivver deficit to 4-3. But the Vikings responded quickly for a two-goal cushion.
Wahoviak and Cody Tompkins also tallied goals for Kingsford while Wiitanen and Szabo had assists.
Kingsford (3-16) hosts Jeffers Thursday.
Northland Pines0 3 2 – 5
Kingsford1 0 2 – 3
K – Marcus Andrews (Alex Wiitanen), PP, 3:44.
NP – Zachery Kennedy (Noah Weber, Nick Dean), 7:03.
NP – Bailey Ramesh (Colton Raymond, Joseph Roach), 11:38.
NP – Weber (Kennedy), 13:38.
NP – Dean (Weber), 1:33.
K – Luke Wahoviak (Dan Willman), 4:34.
NP – Dean (unassisted), PP, 12:02.
K – Wiitanen (Adam Szabo), 14:40.
Goalie saves – NP: Jacob Stephan 7-2-6 – 15; K: Wes Paupore 13-16-17 – 46.