Team record moves to 4-6
By David Vega Staff Writer
After suffering consecutive losses at the hands of Sault College Nov. 3 and 4, the Ocelots got back into the win column by chopping down the Alpena Lumberjacks in a back-to-back home series Nov. 10 and 11 at Redford Ice Arena.
Schoolcraft 10, Alpena 4
On Saturday, Nov. 11, the Ocelots faced Alpena in the second and final of back-to-back home games.
Midway in the first period, Alpena grabbed a 1-0 lead when center Kody Rickley put the puck past Ocelots goalie Matt Monendo. Right winger Vince Glenn scored the equalizer, his first of four goals on the night, late in the first period. Alpena took the lead right back with a goal by left winger Hunter Frazier. Ocelots answered back when right winger Owen Hund cashed in on his opportunity merely seven seconds later to tie the game 2-2.
After the first period, Ocelots head coach Rob Lindsey felt that they “were getting great quality shots, but the opponents have a good goaltender.”
Defenseman Zack Finzel, who chipped in with a goal and three assists in the game, broke a 2-2 tie early in the second period skating down the left side of the ice and ripping a high shot off the post and in, setting the tone for an assertive second period making it 3-2 at the end of the second.
Alpena started to show signs of fatigued in the third period, yet fought it off to score two goals early on. The fourth Alpena goal came on a penalty shot when Frazier snapped a backhander top shelf past Monendo for his second goal of the night, to cut the deficit 6-4.
Schoolcraft, not willing to let that rattle them, responded with two goals of their own by defenseman Scott Pohl and center Derek Klisz. The Ocelots went on to add two more goals in the next 3:31.
Eight Schoolcraft players recorded multiple points. A full-benched Ocelots team kept the pressure on Alpena for majority of the game, outshooting the them 53-24.
In addition, the team played with discipline, picking up only two penalties, both coming in the third period.
After the game, Coach Lindsey said, “the team is really coming together lately and doing a great job of moving the puck.”
Lindsey gave the Lumberjacks high marks for playing well despite only having nine players dressed.
All home games are played at Redford Ice Arena in Redford, Michigan. Admission is $5 at the door.