Firehawks, Streetcats and Hounds all sweep
Good things come in threes, they say, but so do bad things.
For the Soo Firehawks, Alpena Streetcats and Traverse City Hounds, the former was how they opened their first weekend of the young Midwest Junior Hockey League season, Oct. 5-7.
Unfortunately for the Michigan Ice Dogs, Bloomington Jr. Blaze and Berkley Bruins, that means the opposite was true.
The Hounds swept the Bruins with a 7-5 win at the Berkley Ice Arena Oct. 7 on the strength of two goals and two assists from Garrison Sanipass, who rang up 14 points in the three games.
Patrick Rogowski and Jacob Gillis added a goal and two assists each, while Alex DeVries and Josh Smith tallied a goal and a helper apiece. Cam Fisher added a goal and Kenny Simmons contributed a pair of assists.
Colton Lewicki made 27 saves between the pipes for the Hounds.
The Bruins got a two-goal, one-assist outing from Grant McCormack and a goal and an assist each from Austin Postek and Austin Wilson.
Steven Kubas tacked on a goal, Brandon Goodes had two assists and Kory Dombrowski finished with 38 saves in net for Berkley.
At the Big Bear Ice Arena, the hometown Soo Firehawks completed its sweep of the Ice Dogs, 9-5, as Nick Murphy scored twice and assisted on two goals to finish with a 15-point weekend and assume the MWJHL scoring lead.
Ryan Marshall (two goals, one assist), Calder Ashton (goal, two assists) and Andrew Holder (three assists) all had three-point games in the win and Matt Majic registered a goal and an assist.
The Firehawks also got goals from Nick Papandrea, Taylor McRorie and Luke Wizauer and two assists out of Cody Anderson. Nick Berlingieri turned aside 31 shots in goal for the Firehawks.
The Ice Dogs’ Logan Bennett tallied three goals, Hunter Ledgerwood had three assists and Cory Markovich and Brent Young each scored once.
Vince Ryckman and Anthony Veresan combined to make 64 saves in the Dogs’ cage.
Meanwhile, at the Northern Lights Arena in Alpena, Vladislav Khasanov scored a goal and three assists to lead the Street Cats to a 4-2 victory over Bloomington.
Andrei Yanovich, Sergey Deev and Konstantin Khramov added single goals for Alpena and Savelii Shurikhin pitched in with a trio of assists.
In goal, Vladilsav Graevski made 31 saves and also drew an assist on Khasanov’s goal.
Jorey Skelton and Steven Smoltz scored for Bloomington, John Urmetz assisted on both goals and Cameron Lerner kicked out 42 shots in net.