Winning weekend

Hockey team goes two for two

By Elizabeth Casella, Managing Editor

On Nov. 11 and 12th the Ocelots played on home ice for two games against the Lake Superior State University Lakers. In front of the home crowd the team grinded it out sweeping the Lakers in the two game series with a pair of wins.

“Overall it was a great weekend and we got two big wins. Everyone was trusting the systems and was buying in and it clearly payed off.  We also did a great job playing as a team and not as individuals,” said Assistant captain and defenseman Andrew Nowak.

On Saturday, Nov. 12, the boys clearly were firing on all cylinders. Just over a minute into the game at the 1:18 mark, Ocelots center Jacob Stanley scored the first goal of the night with an assist from Andrew Nowak making it 1-0. At the 6:49 mark The Ocelots tallied another goal this time by right-winger Owen Hund, assisted by forward Zachary Nichols making it 2-0.

Center Jacob Stanley shoots to score the first goal of the game at the 1:18 mark.

Center Jacob Stanley shoots to score the first goal of the game at the 1:18 mark. (Photo by Elizabeth Casella, Managing Editor)

The Ocelots offense didn’t let up and chased the Lakers for two more goals in first. Forward Jordan Martinez, scored the third goal of the night unassisted at the 14:07 mark. The final goal of the period came at the 15:45 mark scored by Hund for his second goal of the period, with assists by forwards Andrew Lindsay and Nichols. At the end of the first period the score was 4-0 in favor of the Ocelots.

The first half of the second period was slow due to multiple penalties for both teams being called. The Lakers were issued two minors and the Ocelots took a major penalty and issued a game misconduct within the first five minutes of play. The intensity level only seemed to be increase as the game continued.

The Ocelots celebrate after the first goal of the game was made.

The Ocelots celebrate after the first goal of the game was made. (Photo by Elizabeth Casella, Managing Editor)

After killing off the penalties, the Ocelots scored three unanswered goals. Starting at the ten-minute mark by Lindsay with assists from Nichols and Hund. Just over two minutes later left forward Zack Finzel followed shortly up with a goal at 12:14 mark with assists from Stanley and Hund. Assistant captain and right-winger Vince Glenn, scored the final goal of the period unassisted at the 15:17 mark, giving the Ocelots a 7-0 lead at the end of two.

The Ocelots entered the third period with momentum with a quick unassisted goal by Stanley, with just under a minute in the game at the 0:57 mark making it 8-0 Schoolcraft. However the third period did not go as the Ocelots planned and the team started under performing. The Lakers scored five goals within four minutes.

At 3:06 Alex Brice put the Lakers on the board getting past Ocelots goaltender Bryan Donaldson. At 6:00, Lakers Jaron Rowe scored their second goal and 50 seconds later Aaron Sizer put their third into the net making it 8-3. At 7:07 Rowe scored again his second goal of the period cutting the Ocelots lead in half, 8-4. Ryan Brown scored their final goal of the period at 8:31. Despite the onslaught of goals in the third, Schoolcraft held on and won the game 8-5. Schoolcraft shot 54 times on the goal and Lake Superior 37 times. Ocelots goaltender Bryan Donaldson made 32 of 37 saves on the night.

It was a tough third period full of many penalties for both teams. Schoolcraft received seven all together which hindered the team.

(Left) Defenseman Andrew Nowak, (Center) Center Andrew Lindsay, and (right) defenseman Austin McKibbin battle the Lakers on Nov. 12 and help win the game 8-5.

(Left) Defenseman Andrew Nowak, (Center) Center Andrew Lindsay, and (right) defenseman Austin McKibbin battle the Lakers on Nov. 12 and help win the game 8-5. (Photo by Elizabeth Casella, Managing Editor)

“The first two periods the team played very well, but in the third period we struggled a little bit and penalties got in our way. The weekend as a whole went well. We had a lot of momentum from fans and us as a team after we scored one continued to work hard and not give up,” said Hund.

The team’s new strategy of running a two- three play that has been ran in practice countless times is beginning to pay off and their two –one- two play is improving with every game as well.

“This weekend we were head strong and we came ready to play each game. We came out hard the first two periods and put the shots away early to lead 7-0. Then in the third period we took a lot of penalties that weren’t necessary and they started to come back, but we came back with the win so it wasn’t a total loss in the end,” said Lindsay.

Left Winger Sheldon Varhol fight Laker defenseman Ryan Brown for the puck.

Left Winger Sheldon Varhol fight Laker defenseman Ryan Brown for the puck. (Photo by Elizabeth Casella, Managing Editor)

The teams record now stands at 7-5 as of Nov. 13. Their next home game is scheduled against the University of To­ledo Saturday, Feb. 4.

For more information on stats, scores and team schedules visit acahockey.org. Fans can also like them on Facebook under the name Schoolcraft College Hockey Club.