MENOMINEE - The L'Anse Purple Hornets didn't put themselves in position to win their hockey season opener Friday at Menominee, getting shut out 3-0.
"We came out with a lot of energy and we were completely out of position. We played poor position hockey all night long," L'Anse coach Darrin Voskuhl said.
Another position L'Anse put itself in too often Friday was the penalty box. The Hornets took nine penalties and gave up two power-play goals, including four first period infractions.
On the offensive end, L'Anse held its own, trailing just 25-22 on the shot count, but couldn't make the most of its chances.
"We had a few chances, the biggest thing was we weren't able to get any rebounds in," Voskuhl said.
Jason Rank stopped 22 shots for L'Anse, which hosts Kingsford Monday night.
At Bloomfield Hills, Calumet lost a 9-1 game to Cranbrook-Kingswood School.
The Cranes, a perennial Division 3 powerhouse, scored four goals in the first and second periods before triggering the goal-differential rule in the third.
Calumet's lone goal came from Evan Billeck.
Troy Pierce made 38 saves for the Copper Kings.