Calumet wins first game; Houghton ties 2-2 with Brother Rice

CALUMET — After opening their season with four losses due to a string of difficult opponents, the Calumet Copper Kings picked up a 2-0 win over Rochester Adams (2-3), Friday at the Calumet Colosseum. 

“It felt good to get things going in the right direction,” head coach Dan Giachino said. “I think they gained some confidence. The kids were happy and they have been working really hard in practice, so it was nice to break through.”

The game was locked in a scoreless tie until the third period when freshman Tanner Rowe gave Calumet a 1-0 lead. The puck got loose in front of the net and Rowe came up with it in the scramble. Brent Loukus was credited with the assist. 

“When it was 0-0 going into the third, the kids were just pushing so hard to get that first goal and to get the lead,” Giachino said. 

Then Rochester Adams was whistled for a high stick at 12:32 and Sam Erkkila scored for the Copper Kings, shooting over the goaltender’s shoulder. He was assisted by Rylan Anderson and Loukus. 

Next up Calumet (1-4) plays Marquette at home on Tuesday at 7 p.m. 

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Rochester Adams 0 0 0 — 0

Calumet 0 0 1 — 1

First period

None.

Second period

None. 

Third period

Calumet — Tanner Rowe (Brent Loukus), 7:56, 1-0.

Calumet — Sam Erkkila (Rylan Anderson, Loukus), 12:25, 2-0. 

Saves

Rochester Adams: Caleb Godlewski 6 6 11 — 23

Calumet: Alex Studebaker 5 7 8 — 20

Penalties

Rochester Adams: 2/4; Calumet 1/2

Power play

Rochester Adams: 0/2; Calumet 1/2.

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HOUGHTON — The Houghton Gremlins came away with a 2-2 tie after an overtime contest against Brother Rice (3-3-1), Friday at Dee Stadium. 

Both teams were scoreless after the first, but Houghton was the aggressor, lining up seven quality shots. Then, the Gremlins dominated the second period and led 2-1 going into the third.

“We came out strong like we have been lately and had a really solid first,” head coach Corey Markham said. “We didn’t score but we set the tone by being aggressive. Then for the first three-quarters of the second period, we were all over them and scored two goals. We had a ton of chances.”

Houghton got its first goal when Ty Halonen took the puck wide of the net and dropped a pass to Dawson McKay who fired it into the top corner of the net.     

Then, Justin Norkol scored at the 6:40 mark by skating to the middle of the ice and lining up a slapshot. 

Brother Rice got goals from Garrett Moore and Ethan Nystrom, with the second goal tying the game in the third period. 

Neither team could score in overtime, but Markham was pleased with Houghton’s effort.

“That is kind of the M.O. of our team,” he said. “We don’t have a lot of natural goal scorers, but we did get a lot of good chances. That is a highly-ranked team, so even though we didn’t get the win, we gained some confidence. It is a step in the right direction.”

Next Houghton (1-3-1) plays Rochester Adams, today at 1 p.m. at Dee Stadium. Birmingham Brother Rice plays Hancock at the Houghton County Arena at 2:30 p.m. today.

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Brother Rice 0 1 1 0 — 2

Houghton 0 2 2 0 — 2

First period

None. 

Second period

Houghton — Dawson McKay (Ty Halonen), 7:51, 1-0. 

Houghton — Justin Norkol (Bradley Gauthier), 6:40, 2-0.

Brother Rice — Garrett Moore (Nick Dippre, Connor Ladieux), 4:16, 2-1.

Third period

Brother Rice — Ethan Nystrom (Dippre), 12:41, 2-2.

Overtime

None. 

Saves

Brother Rice: Pierce Ladieux 7 17 12 3 — 39

Houghton: William Stier  8 6 10 6 — 30

Penalties

Brother Rice: 6/12; Houghton 4/8

Power play

Brother Rice: 1/4; Houghton 0/5.

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GAYLORD — The Jeffers Jets (4-2) fell to the Gaylord Blue Devils 6-5 in game one of the Gaylord D3 Tournament, Friday in Gaylord. 

Jeffers was down 4-0 in the first period before scoring three-straight goals and closing the gap. 

Jackson Rocchi, Clay Larson, Dominic Nettell, Michael Johnson and Elias Rajala each scored for the Jets. 

Noah Nettell recorded 17 saves in goal for the Jets and Caleb Pettis had 34 saves for Gaylord. 

Next up Jeffers takes on Big Rapids, today for day two of the D3 Tournament.  

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HANCOCK — The Hancock Bulldogs defeated the Negaunee Miners 9-0 Thursday at the Houghton County Arena. The game was called after two periods due to the mercy rule. 

Next, Hancock hosts Birmingham Brother Rice at 2:30 p.m. today.

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