Manistee battles Pentwater to tie

Manistee’s Domenik Priebe battles Pentwater’s Tord Kvifte for the ball during the first half of Tuesday’s game at Chippewa Field. (Dylan Savela/News Advocate)

MANISTEE — Manistee never trailed Tuesday against Pentwater, but the first win of the season remained elusive.

In their home opener, the Chippewas were matched goal for goal by the Falcons as the two teams ended in a 3-3 tie.

Manistee (0-5-1) jumped out to a 2-0 advantage, and led 3-2 late, but was unable to notch what it wants most.

“We’re just not playing well right now, and there’s things that we know we have to clean up,” said Manistee coach Rudy Guillen. “It’s going to be a long season if we don’t.

“A lot of the stuff we’ve been working on constantly, but we’re just not going out and executing them right now,” he added. “We can’t let games go like that when we’re ahead.”

Manistee (0-5-1) was quick to jump ahead, and even quicker to pad its lead.

Nine minutes into the contest, the Chippewas’ Cody McShane capped a 2-on-1 break with teammate Teddy DeVoe, DeVoe assisting McShane, for a 1-0 lead.

Just over a minute later, the two teammates switched roles, as McShane fed DeVoe at 29:42 remaining in the first, a for two-goal advantage.

Despite its early success, Manistee played the majority of the first half on its defensive end.

Pentwater peppered Chippewa goaltender Andrew Rybicki with shots before the break. Despite some athletic diving saves by Rybicki, the Falcons finally broke through at 13:05 and again at 6:28 to knot the score. Pentwater’s Alex Wagner and Sam Wagner netted the pair of goals, respectively.

“We talked about it at the half: We were playing terrible,” Guillen said of being outshot 13-4 in the first. “To give up that many shots on goal, we were lucky to walk out of here with a tie.

Cody McShane scores the Chippewas’ first goal during the first half of the 3-3 tie against the Falcons. (Dylan Savela/News Advocate)

“They took some nice shots, and we got some bounces, but we could have been down by three or four.”

Neither team got many looks at the net in the second half, as each took just four. Manistee, however, was again the first to convert as Caleb Brown struck a perfectly arced corner kick past the extended fingers of Falcon goalie Erik Wallstrom at 34:15.

Manistee held onto the 3-2 lead for nearly 32 straight minutes, but again, Pentwater eventually found an answer and tied the score, which held up the final 2:43.

“We played a bit better in the second half, but again, we broke down on that last goal, which we shouldn’t have allowed,” Guillen said.

The Chippewas were noticeably deeper on the bench Tuesday, than they had been in the first five games of the season. The numbers can only benefit Manistee moving forward.

“These boys definitely help with getting some fresh legs out there,” Guillen said. “We’ve got to get everyone acclimated with one another still, and now it’ll be a matter of who works the hardest and who wants to be out there.”

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Posted by Dylan Savela

Dylan is the county reporter for the News Advocate, he also is in charge of the Small Town Life, religion and senior pages. He can be reached at (231) 398-3111 or dsavela@pioneergroup.com.

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