Gremlins beat Eskymos; Calumet loses to Cranbrook

HOUGHTON — Looking to build off of the momentum they created with a win over Traverse City Central on Friday night, the Houghton Gremlins fought from behind to score two goals in the third period to earn its second straight win, this time, 2-1 over the Escanaba Eskymos, Saturday at Dee Stadium.

With a clean game between both teams that saw only three penalties called in the entire contest, the Eskymos had the first power play opportunity midway through the first period. With Houghton’s Austin Goudge off for interference, Escanaba’s Colton Hayes made the hosts pay with a power play goal at 9:20.

The Gremlins (2-3) could not solve Eskymos goaltender Brodie Gaddard until 21 seconds into the third when Taavi Rajala scored. Captain Jacob Kruse picked up an assist on the goal.

Houghton kept pressing and found the net again, this time on the power play when Casey Lentowich found the back of the net at 6:42. P.J. Donnelly picked up the lone assist on the tally.

Will Steir made 21 saves for the win for the Gremlins.

Up next, Houghton travels to Kingsford on Tuesday before hosting Utice Eisenhower on Friday.

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BLOOMFIELD HILLS — The Calumet Copper Kings fell 5-3 to the Cranbrook Cranes Saturday in Bloomfield Hills.

Calumet (0-4) will look for its first win on Tuesday at Marquette. The Copper Kings return to the Colosseum on Friday against Rochester United. Calumet will also host Utica Eisenhower on Saturday.