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Saline blanked Pinckney, 10-0, in a game called after two periods due to the mercy rule. After winning their sixth straight game, Saline improved to 8-1-1.
The Pirates were no match for the Hornets, who were coming off an important 5-2 win against SEC Red rival Skyline Friday.
“We’ve been moving the puck really well the last couple games,” Saline coach Paul Fassbender said. “Last night we played really well and today it just carried over.”
Pickney was assessed a five-minute major for a check to the head less than three minutes into the game. The Hornets made the Pirates pay dearly for the lack of discipline. Saline scored three goals on the man advantage.
The first goal from Mikhail Lozovyy, who banged home a rebound after a shot by Kyler Blake Jones. Alexander Lozovyy also assisted.
Things went from bad to worse for Pinckney when officials called a minor penalty. With a 5-on-3 advantage, it look the Hornets just 17 seconds to score. Logan Dejanovich passed to the point. Brendan Murphy fired a shot toward the goal and Gordie Niethammer deflected the shot past the goalie and into the goal. Saline led 2-0.
The Hornets weren’t done yet. With the man advantage, Mason Ausmus fired a shot on goal. The goalie the stop. Jack Eberts fired the rebound on net, and a gain the goalie made the stop. On the third try, Griffin Clark found the back of the goal. Saline led 3-0.
The Hornets kept coming. Alexander Lozovyy, Dejanovich, and Ben Wild scored before the end of the first period.
In the second, Mikhail Lozovyy, Collin Clark, Connor Wright and Wild scored for the Hornets.
Several Hornets went into the break with a multi-point goame. Mikhail Lozovyy (2G 1A), Wild (2G 1A) Murphy (3A), Alexander Lozovyy (1G 2A), Dejanovich (1G 2A) and Mason Ausmus (3A) each scored three points. Niethammer (1G 1A) collected two points.
Blake Stephenson and Griffin Granica split the shutout in goal.
Riding a six-game streak into the break, the Hornets are playing well. Saline’s only loss was an early-season one-goal loss to Plymouth.
“I don’t think we move the puck that well back then. We’re starting to trust each other a little more and moving the puck a lot better. We’re playing as a group,” Fassbender said. “Hopefully we can keep this going and keep moving in the right direction.”