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L'Anse falls behind early, loses at Kingsford

February 12, 2013
By Ron Deuter - The Daily News, Iron Mtn. , The Daily Mining Gazette

IRON MOUNTAIN - Kingsford scored three first-period goals, outshot L'Anse 46-15 and coasted to a 7-1 Lake Superior Hockey Conference win Monday at Mountain View Ice Arena.

Marcus Andrews and Reid Pietila each tallied two goals apiece for the Flivvers, who reached the .500 mark (9-9-0, 4-4-0) with the victory.

Andrews, Matt Willman and Pietila accounted for the first period scoring, with the three goals coming within an 80-second span.

L'Anse, struggling to get the puck out of its zone most of the game, took an advantage of a turnover in the Flivvers zone late in period one. Devin Bowers put a shot on net and it managed to squirt through.

Kingsford was kept off the scoreboard in the second period, perhaps by more of their own doing.

"I think in that second period, they were trying to get too cute with it," Flivvers coach Jim Peterson said. "You have to be able to hit that open guy, play consistent and keep moving the puck.

Fact Box

L'Anse 1 0 0 - 1

Kingsford 3 0 4 - 7

First period - 1, K - Marcus Andrews (Sean Ryan), 5:29 (PP); 2, K - Matt Willman (Tony Ward, Nick Brule), 6:41; 3, K - Reid Pietila (Ted Pietila), 6:50; 4, L - Devin Bowers (unassisted), 16:38.

Second period - No scoring

Third period - 5, K - Andrews (T. Pietila), 0:45; 6, K - R. Pietila (Adam Szabo, Alex Wiitanen), 5:06; 7, K - T. Pietila (R. Pietila), 7:59; 8, K - Ryan (Justin Anderson, R. Pietila), PP, 9:52.

"One bounce the other way and it could have been 3-2."

L'Anse slipped to 5-14-1.

"I thought our kids skated hard," L'Anse coach Darrin Voskuhl said. "We gave up three quick goals, and that kind of set the tone.

"Kingsford is a big, strong, physical team, and we played a little timid tonight. That was a big part of it."



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