Firehawks burn Hounds with rare loss, 5-2, and on home ice
It’s no secret the Traverse City Hounds have a target on their backs after an unbeaten season a year ago and an 8-0-0 start this year.
The latest to take aim and score a bulls eye on the Hounds was the Soo Fire-hawks with a Thanks-giving Eve win, 5-2 in Traverse City.
In the lone Midwest Junior Hockey League game the day before Turkey Day, the Firehawks spoiled the evening for the home crowd of 573 at Centre ICE Arena.
Nick Murphy and Andrew Holder each scored twice and Cody Anderson added the other goal for the Firehawks.
Soo goaltender Brandon Hansen finished with 25 saves.
Jacob Gillis and Cam Fisher scored for Traverse City and Hounds’ goalie David Krejcik made 29 saves between the pipes.
“We lost to the better team tonight,” Hounds’ coach Scott Gardiner said on the team’s website. “We came out hard and got the first goal (Gillis), but we never seemed to get that momentum back. We’re off this weekend, so we’ll take the next week or so to work on some things and get back at it next weekend.”
When the Detroit Fighting Irish ended the Hounds’ winning streaks, the latter got revenge with back-to-back shutouts over Detroit. Their next two games they’ll have the same opportunity.
Traverse City (14-3-0-2) goes on the road against the Firehawks Dec. 6-7 at the Big Bear Ice Arena in Sault Ste. Marie, MI.
Players of the Week
The MWJHL players of the week for the week ending Sunday, Dec. 1, have been named with the Michigan Ice Dogs taking two of the four honored.
The Dogs’ Tyler Textor and Anthony Veresan were named defenseman and goaltender of the week, respectively as voted on by league staff, coaches and GMs.
Players of the week are voted on by league staff, coaches and general managers.
Textor recorded three assists over the weekend as the Ice Dogs gained four points with a sweep of the Alpena Street Cats Saturday and Sunday after losing to Berkley Friday night.
The 20-year-old is a native of Erie, MI, who routinely plays 30-plus minutes a game.
His teammate, Veresan, earned the two wins against Alpena. After playing in relief of Jacob Dugan on Friday night in Berkley, Veresan made 22 saves in Saturday night’s 5-4 win and 21 saves in Sunday afternoon’s victory. The 18-year-old from Canton is now 6-6-1 on the season.
Meanwhile, the forward of the week award went to Vaughn Clouston of the Berkley Bruins and rookie of the week is Richie Pinkowski of the Fighting Irish.
The 18-year-old Clouston, from Washington, MI, exploded for three goals and six assists for a nine-point game, figuring in on all but one of Berkley’s goals in a 10-6 win over the Michigan Ice Dogs.
Clouston added a goal in Saturday night’s 5-4 win over the Detroit Fighting Irish for a 10-point weekend.
Overall, Clouston is averaging three points per game for the Bruins with 13 goals and 14 assists for 27 points in just nine games.
Pinkowski, 19, of Allen Park, netted his first goal of the season in Friday night’s 5-4 win over Alpena. He has played in all but one game this year for the Fighting Irish and has four points in 19 games.