Chips rebound with big win

 

Manistee senior Will Shriver (right) fights off Petoskey goaltender Taylor Troxel during the Chippewas’ 5-0 Northern Michigan Hockey League win over the Northmen on Saturday. Shriver scored the third of his three goals on the play, and assisted on another in the game. (Scott Yoshonis/News Advocate)

Manistee senior Will Shriver (right) fights off Petoskey goaltender Taylor Troxel during the Chippewas’ 5-0 Northern Michigan Hockey League win over the Northmen on Saturday. Shriver scored the third of his three goals on the play, and assisted on another in the game. (Scott Yoshonis/News Advocate)

SCOTTVILLE — Manistee bounced back less that 24 hours after one of its toughest losses of the hockey season Friday night to post an important victory Saturday afternoon.

The Chippewas fell 8-0 to West Ottawa on Friday, but rebounded to post a 5-0 win over Petoskey in Saturday’s Northern Michigan Hockey League opener, both at the West Shore College Ice Arena.

Will Shriver led the way against the Northmen (2-10 overall, 0-1 NMHL), scoring 3 of Manistee’s 5 goals and assisting on another.

Chippewas head coach Mike Healy said that is team responded from the tough loss by just forgetting about it.

“That was upsetting, it was heartbreaking, but it was out the window,” Healy said. “Today was what we worked for, so they were back on focus and had forgotten about it by the time they got to the rink today.”

The win improved Manistee’s record to 9-6-1 overall, 1-0 in NMHL play.

The Chippewas fell behind to West Ottawa, the 10th-ranked team in Division 1, taking an early major penalty on which the Panthers scored twice.

Shriver said that he felt a bit of deja vu when the Chippewas were called for a tripping penalty on Petoskey just 31 seconds into the game.

“I don’t know how many games we can go with taking a penalty on the first shift,” Shriver said. “Nobody is going to be happy after getting blown out 8-0, especially at home. They’re a good team, but we didn’t come out the way we should have.”

Manistee successfully killed off that penalty without allowing a single shot on goal, and controlled the contest from start to finish.

Chippewa captain Austin McCarthy opened the scoring soon after the penalty kill, assisted by Shriver 3:26 into the game.

McCarthy returned the favor on Manistee’s second goal, setting up Shriver at the 5:31 mark of what would end up being a 4-goal second period.

Noah Gurizzian made the score 3-0 assisted by Ryan Foley less than a minute later, and Shriver competed his hat trick with two goals in the span of 53 seconds.

McCarthy and Jacob Stefanski assisted on Shriver’s second tally, but his third was the result of a a goalkeeping mistake by Petoskey’s Taylor Troxel.

After the puck took a deflection and flipped up into the air, Troxel came out of his crease to try to catch it. He failed, and Shriver pounced on the loose puck.

“I saw him come out. It was in the air, so I wasn’t going to let him get to it,” Shriver said. “I just kind of got in his way. He was out of his net so it was just kind of a gimme, but I’ll take it.”

The game got a bit chippy late in the second period, when an altercation between Manistee’s Andrew Allen and Petoskey’s Chris Kowalski resulted in both players receiving game misconduct penalties.

No goals were scored in the third period, of which the Chippewas were in complete control, and they merely ran out the clock without allowing much in the way of scoring chances in the entire game.

Healy said his team’s puck movement was the key to the dominating performance.

“We were able to leave our zone with speed and enter their zone with speed. Last night, we weren’t able to get the tape-to-tape passes we did tonight,” he said. “We’ve been struggling all year to get goal-scoring on a consistent basis. We had a lot of guys skating with the puck, looking up and finding the open man, so we’re going to build off of that in practice.”

Manistee will now have a bit of a break, with two weeks until its next game at Cheboygan, the second of its three league games, on Saturday, Jan. 30.

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Posted by Scott Yoshonis

Scott is the sports editor of the Manistee News Advocate. You can reach him at (231) 398-3112 or syoshonis@pioneergroup.com.

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