Blake takes care of MarinersThe Blake Bears showed they had seen a lot more ice time than the Mariners so far this season and are definitely deserving of their No. 2 ranking in the State Class A polls as they defeated the Bay 11-1 to open the season for both teams.
By: Steve Gow, Lake County News Chronicle
The Blake Bears showed they had seen a lot more ice time than the Mariners so far this season and are definitely deserving of their No. 2 ranking in the State Class A polls as they defeated the Bay 11-1 to open the season for both teams.
The Bears took a 4-1 lead into the second period as Mariner net-minder Nikki Mealey kept them at bay for most of the opening period by stopping 15 shots after the Mariners had taken a 1-0 lead a minute and a half into the game. Two wide open one timers, plus two shots she never saw where all that got by Mealey in period one. The Bears outscored the Bay 5-0 in the second period, while the shots on goal were only 16-14 in their favor. The Mariners had a number of great scoring chances; especially with two five on three advantages of over a minute each, but could not get the puck past Bear goaltender Chloe Billadeau anymore.
The Bears speed and depth were huge advantages especially after the half way points of the first two periods. The Bear’s first line of Hillary Crowe, Dani Cameranesi and Abbie Lund accounted for eight of their 11 goals with defenseman Andi Foss getting two goals and two assists. Taylor Guzzo scored the lone Mariner goal unassisted off of a face-off in front of the Bear net. Mealey finished with 34 saves and Billadeau had 21, while each team was assessed four penalties.