Bayside Chatter: Dec. 21
By: Steve Gow for the Lake County News-Chronicle, Lake County News Chronicle
North Shore boys' hockey
The nameless North Shore boys faced their first test of the season at Hayward and they did not pass the test. Hayward used four power play goals to skate away with a 7-2 victory.
The Hurricanes capitalized on 4 of 5 power play opportunities. North Shore’s Austyn Wasko scored the first goal of the game on a pass from behind the net from Tyler Schramm. Before the period ended, it was 3-1 in favor of the Hurricanes.
After Hayward upped their lead to 4-1, Jonah Koehler cut it to 4-2 with an assist from Chad Smuk by simply not quitting on the play. However, it took the Hurricanes only 15 seconds to restore their three goal advantage at 5-2 and they added two more in the final period.
The Hurricanes were led by Nick Eytcheson with a hat trick, Alec Duffy with a pair of goals and David Knapp with 5 assists. Zach Duresky finished with 43 stops in the Mariner nets while Jon Cadotte had only 22 for Hayward.
There were three key points that could have possibly turned the game around for the North Shore team. First, Mike Martinson's goal with 22 seconds left in the first period made it a two goal (rather one goal) difference entering period two. The second was giving up a goal 15 seconds after they cut the lead to two points, and third was the team’s failure to score on a 5-on-3 advantage with 1:26 left in the second period.
Earlier in the week the nameless boys from the North Shore defeated Ashland 3-2 in overtime on the road in another lackluster performance. They led 1-0 after the first period on a Koehler power play goal and 2-0 in the second period via a power play goal from Lucas Kempffer.
Eric Yachinich cut it to 2-1 before the second period ended and Alex Wilson tied it up in the third to force overtime. Luke Small scored the game winner 11 seconds into the extra period when he beat the Oredockers to the puck. Small also had assists on the first two goals. Mills Johnson set up the game winner. Duresky had 29 saves and Dylan Barnes had 28 for the Oredockers.
Silver Bay girls' hockey
The Silver Bay girls suffered another couple of tough losses in a season of tough losses. They fell 3-2 to Moose Lake at home and 1-0 at Hayward, the undefeated No.2 ranked team in Wisconsin. The girls are at 1-11 with six losses by one goal and two more by two goals.
Jessica Bird scored two goals 21 seconds apart in the third period to turn a 2-1 deficit to a 3-2 lead for the Rebels, a lead they would never relinquish. Andrea Youngberg scored the first goal of the game on a breakaway at 4:22 of period two. Seven seconds after a power play expired, the Mariners tied it up when Anna Carman scored with the aid of Rebecca and Rachel Dilley. Four minutes later, the same three struck again to give the Mariners the lead with Rebecca Dilley getting the goal.
After a closely played first period the Rebels outshot the Mariners 28-11 in the final two periods of play. Cassie Swanson finished up with 33 stops in the Mariner nets and Kaitlyn Greene stopped 18 Mariner shots.
At Hayward, the only goal of the game came at 9:16 of the first period when Aly Tremblay scored with the Hurricanes on a power play. Swanson tied the Mariner record for saves in a game with 47, a mark she set earlier this year versus Orono. Sarah Miley had 14 stops for Hayward.
The Silver Bay Pee Wee B1 team won its own tournament last weekend. They defeated Rogers 7-2, Grand Rapids 6-2, North Country 7-2 and Superior 3-0.
Thanks goes to Mike Rose who donated the new air horn that sounds when the home team scores a goal and to the Arena staff for getting it hooked up.
The annual alumni hockey game will be held tomorrow, Dec. 22, at 3 p.m.
There has been a change in the schedule for the Schwan’s Cup in Blaine. The girl's second opponent will now be Hutchinson.
With the Mariner football field still being nameless, maybe that could be rectified by giving it the name of a local benefactor of Mariner athletics who passed away recently. It's an idea to consider.