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Hockey: Hancock blanks Negaunee in 5-0 win

HANCOCK — The Hancock Bulldogs beat Negaunee 5-0 for their third straight game Thursday.

Five Bulldogs got a goal as the squad scored three times in the first, once in the second and again in the third.

The Bulldog defense kept the Miners (3-10) to just seven shots on the night while the Bulldogs (7-8-1) launched 33 at the Neguanee’s net.

“I was happy that we got another shut out, and we need to keep that going defensively,” said Bulldogs head coach,” Scott Mikesch. “To give up just seven shots is a sign that we are on the right track.”

The Bulldogs wasted no time in getting on the score board. All it took was a mere 15 seconds for Hancock’s David Olson to help a loose puck find its home in the back of the net unassisted. According to Mikesch, that was the start of a good game for Olson.

“David gave it his all throughout the game,” he said. “Not only did he score but he was hard on pucks, and that was good to see.”

The Bulldogs scored their second goal at the 10:42 mark. Todd Anderson let rip a slap shot around the halfway point in the zone that Negaunee’s goalie Patrick Klumpp could not stop.

Less than three minutes later the Bulldogs made it 3-0 thanks to the stick work of Bryce Hanner. Hanner took a pass from Anderson just above the crease and lifted it into the net.

“In the first period we laid an egg,” said Miners’ head coach Dale Hopper. “I thought our best period was the second. We moved the puck well, played physical and drew some penalties.”

The Miners sent four Bulldogs to the box in the second period alone. When all was said and done, the Bulldogs had amassed 14 minutes in penalties. Six of those minutes came at the fault of Easton Sintkowski. He sat out three times for roughing. Meanwhile the Miners had just four penalties on the night — two in the second and two in the third.

The Bulldogs added to their lead wit a goal in the second and another one in the third. The one in the second came off the pad of Klumpp and back past him courtesy of the quick-stick work of Sintkiowski. A period later with less than two minutes to go in the game, the Bulldogs Calvin Heinonen capitalized on a loose puck and pushed i in to seal a 5-0 win.

“I thought we worked hard to get the win,” Mikesch said. Negaunee played very physical and put us in the box more than I would have liked. Overall, though, it was pretty structured game for us as we were able to play our style of hockey.”

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