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Wesa scores five as Jets fly over Flivvers on road

December 7, 2012
By Ron Deuter - The Daily News, Iron Mtn. , The Daily Mining Gazette

IRON MOUNTAIN - With five goals from Travis Wesa, Jeffers battled back from a two-score deficit twice to defeat Kingsford 6-4 in a Lake Superior High School Hockey Conference contest Thursday evening at Mountain View Ice Arena.

Kingsford, getting two goals from Nick Brule, led 3-1 after one and went up 4-2 in the second. But Wesa sliced that advantage to one goal with a power-play tally late in the middle frame and then tied it with an unassisted marker early in the third.

"We were flat in the beginning, didn't have it, and Kingsford really took it to us," Jeffers head coach David Bekkala said. "But Travis Wesa seemed to take the group on his back, and (goalie) Dax (Durocher) shut it down in the end.

"It seemed like a team effort by the third period."

Credit for the game-winning tally went to Tyler Bailey, who took a face-off feed from Anthony Harris in the Kingsford zone and immediately buried it with just 4:32 to play in regulation.

"We had a good first period and that was about it," Flivvers coach Jim Peterson said. "Jeffers stepped it up. They beat us every face-off, and the penalties hurt us, really changed the momentum. We just made bad decisions."

Fact Box

Jeffers 1 2 3 - 6

Kingsford 3 1 0 - 4

First period - 1, J - Travis Wesa (Troy Dunstan, Anthony Harris), 2:04; 2, K - Nick Brule (Tony Ward, Matt Willman), 2:45; 3, K - Marcus Andrews (Reid Pietila); 4, K - Brule (Andrews, Pietila), 13:13.

Second period - 5, J - Wesa (Matthew Mantta), 4:48; 6, K - Kyle Larson (Pietila, Andrews), 8:21; 7, J - Wesa (Mantta), PP, 13:20.

Third period - 8, J - Wesa (unassisted), 3:02; 9, J - Tyler Bailey (Anthony Harris), 12:28; 10, J - Wesa (Stephen Butina, Bailey), 14:11.

Wesa put the visitors on the board first, finding the back of the net barely two minutes into the contest.

But Kingsford answered less than a minute later with a goal from Brule.

Marcus Andrews wristed in the Flivvers second goal at 9:59 and then sent a slick goal line pass from the corner across for Brule to stuff in at 13:13.

Wesa made it 3-2 in the first five minutes of the second frame, but Kingsford again answered, as Reid Pietila, from behind the net, slid a pass out in front for Kyle Larson at 8:21.

After Wesa knotted the game early in the third, the Flivvers twice had a chance to re-take the lead on the power play but couldn't break through against Durocher, who made 23 saves in the game.

Wesa iced the contest with his fifth tally at 14:11.

Missing from the game for Kingsford was captain Ted Pietila, who sat for a second game after receiving a game disqualification in the Flivvers' opener on Nov. 21.

"We were fortunate tonight after coming out so flat," Bekkala said, his team improving to 3-1. "You always want to play against their best player and Ted (Pietila) wasn't here and obviously that helped us.

"But our top players came to play."

Conor Berndt suffered the loss in net for Kingsford, despite 31 saves.

"We've worked on everything," Peterson said. "We just have to be able to step it up to that next level. They didn't have a lot of big kids, but they stepped it up. That's something we have to learn."

Kingsford (1-2-0. 1-1-0 LSC) hosts Negaunee Monday.



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