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Gremlins drop Miners

December 3, 2013
The Daily Mining Gazette

NEGAUNEE - Goaltender Tyler Riutta did his best, but he couldn't keep the Negaunee High School hockey team from opening the home portion of its schedule with a loss Monday night.

Riutta made 63 saves - 31 in the third period - in the Miners' 5-1 loss to Houghton at the Negaunee Ice Arena.

"He was unbelievable," NHS first-year head coach Darrell Sleeman said. "He kept us in the game."

Raymond Brice scored three goals and Connor Hannon two for the Gremlins (3-0), who led 4-1 after the first period. Jonathan Bostwick added three assists.

Michael Farley notched the lone goal for Negaunee (1-2), a power play marker that tied the score 1-1.

"We played hard, but struggled in the defensive zone due mainly to Houghton's skating and puck movement," Sleeman said.

Fact Box

Houghton4 1 0 - 5

Negaunee1 0 0 - 1

First period - 1. HOU, Raymond Brice (Bostwick, Casey Markham), 1:37; 2. NEG, Michael Farley (Vilona, Ely) ppg., 2:34; 3. HOU, 5:51, Connor Hannon (Pietila), 4. HOU, Brice (Casey Markham), 9:15; 5. HOU, Brice (Bostwick, Verran), 15:20.

Second period - 6. HOU, Hannon (Bostwick), 1:53

Third period - No scoring

Power-play opportunities: Houghton, 0-5; Negaunee, 1-4

Penalties: Houghton, 4-8; Negaunee, 5-10

Goalie saves: Houghton, 14 (Marcus Gloss, 7-6-1); Negaunee, Tyler Riutta 63 (15-17-31)

"But we didn't quit. We kept battling. We just have to work on puck control and getting shots on net."



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