IRON MOUNTAIN - The high school hockey season is two games old, and Kingsford junior Marcus Andrews is up to seven goals.
Andrews netted three goals Monday in the Flivvers' home opener, lifting Kingsford to a 5-2 Lake Superior Conference win over L'Anse in a game that was otherwise mostly controlled by the Purple Hornets.
"They came out skating," Flivvers coach Jim Peterson said of L'Anse. "They were more physical. They were beating us to the puck, winning the battles."
The Purple Hornets outshot the Flivvers 33-26, including a 16-7 margin in the second period. But the Flivvers, despite an 0-for-7 showing on the power play through two periods, managed to escape the first two frames with a one-goal lead before establishing some breathing room in the final stanza.
"We were pretty lucky," Peterson said. "I don't know how we were ahead. It's like we did everything opposite from what we did opening night. We couldn't get the puck down deep. We were turning it over at the blue lines. We were panicking with the puck."
Dan Willman put the Flivvers up 1-0 less than two minutes into the game, taking a feed from Alek Shanks in close, and burying the chance.
L'Anse 0 2 0 - 2
Kingsford 1 2 2 - 5
First period - 1, K - Dan Willman (Alex Shanks), 1:31.
Second period - 2, L - Kyle Maki (unassisted), SH, 3:00; 3, K - Marcus Andrews (Willman, Adam Szabo), 4:58; 4, L - Corbin Crittenden (Maki), PP, 8:43; 5, K - Jacob Stoner (Andrew Zander, Luke Wahoviak), 14:10.
Third period - 6, K - Andrews (Shanks, Willman), 3:33; 7, K - Andrews (unassisted), 8:57.
Shots - L'Anse 33; Kingsford 26.
Goalie saves - L'Anse: Michael Turunen 21; Kingsford: Wes Paupore 31.
But the momemtum quickly shifted in favor of the visitors, and early in the second, Kyle Maki evened the score by knocking a rebound through the legs of Flivver goalie Wes Paupore.
Andrews answered that tally with his first about two minutes later, using his speed to get behind the L'Anse defense and depositing the puck to the lower left corner of the net.
While the Flivvers couldn't generate anything on their numerous power play chances, L'Anse needed just a few seconds on its first power play of the game to tie the game at 2-2.
The Purple Hornets fired on net and a puck that went right to left out in front was slightly redirected by Paupore's stick and right to Corbin Crittenden on the left side, who was left with an easy tap in for the goal.
Jacob Stoner busted the 2-2 stalemate late in the frame, finding the puck in traffic out in front of the L'Anse net and flipping it up over Purple Hornets goalie Michael Turunen.
Andrews completed his hat trick in the third. He drilled home a rebound at 3:33, and then added a shorthanded marker about five minutes later. L'Anse was on a four-minute power play at the time, but a high stick brought a faceoff into their own zone. Andrews won the draw, squirted between a couple of defenders and snapped one home.
"I thought we skated pretty well," L"Anse coach Darrin Voskuhl said. "In the first two periods we out-hustled them, and even in the third, we out-hustled them. We just had about a five-minute lapse."
L'Anse skated a little bit shorthanded in the game, with a couple of late scratches, and fatigue started to show in the third. But Voskuhl suggested that had more to do with the penalties earlier in the game than anything else.
"We were constantly putting the same guys on the ice (to kill the penalties)," he said. "You can't win a game when you get that many penalties. We just have to clean that stuff up. We played much better tonight than in our first game. For the most part, we played really well tonight."
Shanks and Willman finished with two assists each for Kingsford. Adam Szabo, Andrew Zander and Luke Wahoviak also had helpers.
Maki assisted on Crittenden's tally for L'Anse (0-2).
Kingsford (2-0-0, 1-0-0 LSC) hosts Jeffers Thursday.
"We're definitely going to have to play better Thursday," Peterson said. "We need to get going right off the get go."