Sports Roundup: Feb. 25Agates, Mariners win play-in hockey games, SB hockey, Swimming, SB girls basketball, SB boys basketball, TH boys basketball
By: Matt Suoja and Steve Gow, Lake County News Chronicle
The Agates topped No. 7 seed-Greenway 6-5 in overtime Tuesday in a section play-in game.
Senior Scott Comrie scored the game-winner for Two Harbors – one of his four goals in the game.
“We had a complete game from all three lines,” said head coach Steve Wasko. Earlier in the season the Agates lost to Greenway 7-3.
During the first two periods, Two Harbors was outscored 4-1, but dominated Greenway with shots on goal. It seemed only a matter of time before the Agates would start scoring in droves.
Two Harbors closed the gap early in the third making it 4-3, but then Greenway touched the back of the net one more time to go up 5-3. The Agates made it 5-4 before Comrie reached the other side of the net once again with about 30 seconds left – Two Harbors had pulled its goalie.
It seemed only fitting that Comrie would also score the game-winner in overtime.
“These kids deserve to feel like this for the day,” Wasko said.
The Agates had a 2-21-2 record going into the game.
The Agates, the No. 10 seed, now advance to play at No. 2 International Falls at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. The winner of that match will play either Hibbing or Eveleth-Gilbert Saturday.
The Agates lost to Moose Lake 8-2 last Thursday.
Moose Lake came out strong in the first scoring four goals while holding Two Harbors at bay. Moose Lake scored once more in the second to give them a 5-0 lead going into intermission.
The Agates finally lit the lamp with an unassisted goal coming from Ben Ruberg at 4:07 in the third. Ruberg scored again on a power-play goal at 12:51 (Comrie and Alex Anderson), but it wasn’t enough for Two Harbors. Moose Lake also found the back of the net three times in the third.
Aaron Lee had 27 saves for the Agates.
The Silver Bay/Cook County Mariners never trailed as they defeated the Ely Timberwolves 7-3 in a section 7A play-in game at Rukavina Arena Tuesday. With the victory the Mariners advance to the section quarterfinals and a rematch at number one-seed Virginia 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Six different Mariners scored goals in the victory and Tyson Fultz added two assists.
Fultz started things off with an unassisted short handed goal by picking the pocket of an Ely defender right in front of his own net. After Nick Matthews tied it up for the Wolves, Drew Holmen and Warren Carter assisted on each others goals for a 3-1 Mariner lead after one period of play. Darryl Hansen stopped 11 Wolf shots in the opening period to keep the Wolves to only one score.
The second period saw the teams trade goals twice as the Mariners took charge and outshot the Wolves 21-11. After Ryan DeShaw made it 4-1 with a blast from the point, Sam Swanson cut it to 4-2 for the Wolves. When Cody Larson made it 5-2, Billy Foy quickly replied to cut it to 5-3, but the Wolves would get no closer.
Hunter Panetti scored twice in the final period to make the final score 7-3 in favor of the Mariners. Cody Bialik was superb in the Wolf nets in period two as he kept it close with many great point blank saves. Hansen finished the game with 31 saves to pick up the victory after it looked like he wouldn’t be able to finish the second period when he was knocked down hard off the crossbar and had trouble getting up. Bialik and Kael Richards finished with 34 stops for the Wolves.
Four swimmers from Two Harbors recently competed as members of the Duluth YMCA swim team at the state meet at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.
More than 1,000 athletes from 19 teams attended the meet.
Emilie Deming, who competed in the 10 and under division placed eighth in the 200 freestyle relay, 10th in the 100 freestyle and sixth in the 400 freestyle relay.
Zachary Deming, competing in the 14 and under division, placed eighth in the 100 backstroke, 10th in the 500 freestyle, fourth in the 200 freestyle relay, 11th in the 100 breaststroke and fifth in the 400 freestyle relay.
LeAnn Fynboh, competing in the 12 and under division, was second in the 200 medley relay, sixth in the 50 freestyle, seventh in the 200 breaststroke(18 and under) and second in the 400 freestyle relay.
Mara Boulanger, competing in the 12 and under division, placed second in the 200 medley relay, third in the 400 individual medley relay (18 and under), seventh in the 50 butterfly, second in the 50 breaststroke and second in the 400 freestyle relay.
Fynboh and Boulanger were both on a 400 freestyle relay team that broke a Duluth YMCA record for the event in the 12 and under division with a time of 4:30.69.
The team will advance to the Midwest Regional meet March 27 and 28 at the University of Minnesota’s Aquatic Center. All athletes must meet individual regional qualifying times in their age group to advance to the meet. Among those from Two Harbors that qualified include, Emilie Deming, Fynboh and Boulanger.
The team is coached by Bill and Judy Punyko.
SB girls basketball
The Mariners lost to Barnum last Friday in blowout fashion, 109-13.
“Barnum should be the Class A state champions,” said he coach Larry Otterblad.
The Bombers held a 70-point lead into the half and outscored the Bay by 26 in the second.
Allana Lampton led the team with five points while her sister Leigh put in four. Katrina Davis also had four points in the game.
On Tuesday the Mariners lost to Ely 70-31.
“We did play better,” Otterblad said.
Ely held a 26 point out of the half and outscored the Bay by 13 in the second.
Allana Lampton had 13 points with seven rebounds while Davis scored nine. Leigh Lampton also added five points and seven boards.
SB boys basketball
The Mariners fell to Barnum last Friday, 65-47.
The Bay was down by 14 at the half and gained some ground in the second, losing that by four.
Luke Thun led the team with 16 points, six rebound and three steals. Sam Otterblad scored eight with two blocks and Henry Mitchell put in six with eight boards and two steals.
The team shot 28 percent from the field.
The Mariners improved their record to 9-11 with a 65-57 win over Ely Tuesday.
Mitchell led the team with 15 points. Kyle Blood added 13 and Thun scored 11 with six steals. Otterblad scored nine points and grabbed eight rebounds. Silver Bay outscored Ely 40-26 in the second half.
TH boys basketball
The Agates lost to Virginia 77-33 last Friday.
Virginia came out hot outscoring Two Harbors by 28 in the first half. It was much the same in the second as the Agates were outscored by 16.
Jon Nevala-Plagemann led the Agates with eight points, while Jon McDannold (he hit two 3-pointers), Ryan Guentzel and Jesse Omtvedt each put in six.
The Agates fell to Carlton Tuesday, 61-42.
The Bulldogs took a 17-point lead into the half. The Agates did close the gap in the second, only losing it by two.
Jake Iskat led the team with 14 points, while Hamp-Sill had 10.