Cards downed at home

Cards on ice: Big Rapids hockey head coach Tim Blashill stands behind the Cardinals team bench. Blashill has led Big Rapids to a 6-5 record in the 2014-15 season. (Pioneer Photo/Richard Mead)

Cards on ice: Big Rapids hockey head coach Tim Blashill stands behind the Cardinals team bench. Blashill has led Big Rapids to a 6-5 record in the 2014-15 season. (Pioneer Photo/Richard Mead)

Big Rapids varsity hockey shutout at home by Mona Shores

Big Rapids — The visiting Mona Shores Sailors beat Big Rapids in a 5-0 shutout Wednesday at Ewigleben Ice Arena.
The Cardinals found themselves in a stalemate with the Sailors early on in the first period as both teams traded early shots on goal.
Midway through the first, Mona Shores found themselves spending heavy time on the Cardinals side of the ice, testing the pads of Big Rapids sophomore goalie Fletcher Bolda.
Mona Shores drew first blood on a goal late in the first period, sending one past Fletcher to put the game’s first points on the board.
After the teams came back to the ice in the second period, the Sailors found the back of the net early for their second score of the game. The point came on a power-play goal only 17 seconds into the second to put the game to 2-0, and putting the Cards on their heals.
Big Rapids continued to struggle through the second period as Mona Shores was able to control the puck and keep the game on the Cardinals side of the ice. The Cardinals found slim opportunities on the opposite end as the Sailors defensemen were able to limit shots on goal.
Despite a couple great saves by Fletcher, Mona Shores notched another point on a shot that took a lucky slide. the shot was initially blocked by Fletcher as players scrummed around the net, but slid in behind him as he laid sprawled out on his back in an attempt to cover the puck.
“(We played) not very good, we weren’t ready to play mentally or physically and you can’t win hockey games like that,” Fletcher said. “They were ready to play and they were faster than us, they could work the puck around and we just weren’t ready to play.”
The sailors were able to add onto their second period surge a few minutes later, sending a shot through the two-hole to put the game at 4-0 with 2:40 left in the period.
Big Rapids had a solid shot at replacing their zero on the scoreboard when junior forward Brendan Bomay sent one at the net during a Cardinals power-play, but the shot was nabbed by Mona Shores goaltender Jacob VanderLee.
Mona Shores put the game on ice with a goal with 5:29 left in the third to put the game at it’s final score of 5-0.
“It was probably the worst game we played all year, I just don’t think that mentally and physically we weren’t in it,” Big Rapids head coach Tim Blashill said. “A good, strong, big, fast team like that will kill you if you don’t come to play. I think we were slow, and when you are slow against the big, fast team then everything gets exposed.”
The Cardinals record moved to 6-5 after the loss, but have a good chance to get back on track as they have one practice before their next game, which is at home.
“Our season is about a process of getting better, and each game we take the next step forward and certainly we took a step back tonight, but it’s a good lesson,” Blashill said.
Big Rapids returns home to play Freeland with puck-drop scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday.

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