Mariner boys’ hockey team splits home games with a win and loss
By: Steve Gow, Lake County News Chronicle
By Steve Gow
The Mariner boys’ hockey team had a pair of games at home last week with decidedly different results. They lost 6-5 in overtime to the Ely Timberwolves and defeated the Greenway Raiders 4-2.
The Mariners blew a 5-2 third period lead with 9:44 left in regulation play to fall to the Timberwolves as Ely scored the final four goals of the game. The Mariners took a 2-0 lead in the first period on a pair of goals from Luke Small. Before the period ended, the Wolves tied it at two on goals from Wes Snyder and Nick Matthews. The Mariners took a 4-2 lead after two on another pair of goals from Small and Thomas Anderson made it 5-2 at 7:16 of the third. Bobby Shusta made it 5-3 a minute and a half later and Louis Gerzin cut it to 5-4 with a power goal with 6:22 to play. The Timberwolves tied it up and forced overtime with 2.4 seconds left in regulation play on Snyder’s second score of the game. Billy Foy ended the game in favor of Ely at 3:31 of the extra period. The Mariners put 56 shots on goal, but could only get five past Cody Bialik. Zack Duresky had 34 stops in the Mariner nets.
The Mariners never trailed against Greenway. Daniel Wilson scored the only goal of period one off a Bradley Rowlee rebound. Period two saw Jonah Koehler light the red light for the Mariners with assists from Small and Anderson. The Raiders cut the Mariner lead to one with a shorthanded goal from Darrin Estey in the final period of play. The Mariners responded with a score on the same power play when Small scored from Shane Billings to make it 3-1. Jayden Gangl cut the lead back to one with a Raider power play goal on a shot from the blue line that the Mariner netminder never saw. The Raiders pulled their goalie for an extra attacker with 1:50 left to play and the faceoff in the Mariner defensive zone following a timeout. 26 seconds later, Anderson dove to tap in a loose on a scramble in front of the Raider net with assists going to Small and Koehler. The Raiders pulled their goalie again with 53.5 seconds to go, but couldn’t capitalize on the situation. Alex Murray picked up the victory in the Mariner nets with 24 saves. Erikur Arnason had 25 stops for the Raiders.