Top-seeded Virginia finishes Bay seasonSilver Bay ran into the buzzsaw in last Thursday’s Section 7A quarterfinal game as top-seeded Virginia-Mountain Iron-Buhl stopped the Mariners 5-0 at the Miners Memorial Building in Virginia.
By: Forrest Johnson, Lake County News Chronicle
Silver Bay ran into the buzzsaw in last Thursday’s Section 7A quarterfinal game as top-seeded Virginia-Mountain Iron-Buhl stopped the Mariners 5-0 at the Miners Memorial Building in Virginia.
Sophomore goalie Neill Kelley had another career game, stopping 57 Bluedevil shots.
“He stood on his head, that’s for sure,” said Silver Bay coach Shawn Bartlette. “I was impressed by how hard the guys played as a team and Neill kept us in the game. Even though we lost it was one of our most complete games. They worked hard. That’s all you can ask.”
Virginia scored once in the first period, pumped in four in the second and that was it for the scoring.
Silver Bay was without junior leading scorer Hunter Panetti, out with a knee injury. Panetti injured the knee in the 5-4 opening playoff overtime win over Eveleth-Gilbert last Tuesday.
“At least he didn’t tear anything,” said Bartlette. “We’re counting on him for next year.”
Panetti had 30 points for the season.
Also out for the game was senior Ryan Lenski. Lenski was assessed a one-game suspension in the Eveleth game for a checking-from-behind call that was somewhat questionable.
“Those are a couple of key players but the guys found their roles and did pretty well,” said Bartlette.
The Mariners managed 13 shots on the Bluedevil net.
The Mariners ended the season with a 9-13-2 record.
Bartlette said it will be tough to replace his seniors and the two foreign exchange students that came to go to school in Silver Bay for the year. Tanner Viola, Jake Topp and Lenski have been a part of the program for many years and Urban Demo and Jesper Lingemyr certainly added some skills to the club.
“Hopefully the younger guys will work hard to be ready for next year,” said Bartlette. “We’ve got some nice skills in a number of positions.”