Jack Loveland completed the hat trick and Shane Winkelseth shut down the opposiFtion for the final 10 minutes as Saline beat Plymouth 10-7 in varsity action at Hornet Stadium Friday.
Plymouth won the battle of the ground balls, possessed the ball more and fired more shots on goal, but Saline won.
Coach Ryan Crawford praised the play of junior goalie Shane Winkelseth.
“He was great. He kept us in the game,” Crawford said. “They out worked us for ground balls and they got too many great chances, but Shane kept us close. Still, I thought we did a good job making the most of our chances.”
Noah Terech opened the scoring for Saline with a shot from 10 yards out with 7:11 to play in the first quarter. Plymouth answered with a couple of powerplay goals Jonathon Balch and Nolan Ouellette to take a 2-1 lead. Late in the quarter, Saline tied the game on the powerplay when Tanyr Krummenacher, from behind the net, passed to Davis Bruneau, who scored from five yards.
Plymouth took a 3-2 lead early in the second when Carson Miller, from close in, slammed a shot toward the ground the bounced into the top corner. With 8:10 to play in the quarter, junior Jake Leslie ripped a 13-yard rocket from the middle to tie the score at 3. A little more than two minutes later, Loveland passed to senior Chad Jarvie on the left wing and he wired the ball into the goal for a 4-3 lead. Plymouth tied the game only seconds later on a goal by Balch. In the final 90 seconds of the half, Loveland, a junior, took over. He caught a pass in traffic, 12 yards from the net, and then spun through two defenders and fired a shot in goal. With 35 seconds to play in the half, Krummenacher, working in his office behind the net, passed to Loveland who ripped another shot into the net. Saline led 6-4 as they teams rested at halftime.
When play resumed, it was all Plymouth. Ian Gozodor scored on a bounce shot and Ouellete scored on the wrap-around to tie the score at 6 six minutes into the quarter. Plymouth continued to dominate territorially. They peppered Winkelseth with shots but he kept deflecting the shots aside.
Finally, out of nowhere, Saline found some offense. Loveland took a pass in his own zone, ran through traffic and then passed to Jackson Fairman, who put the ball in the net for a 7-6 lead.
Plymouth opened the fourth on the attack. With 10:23 to play, Ouellette curled from the middle to the right wing, sprinted in and zipped a shot past Winkelseth to tie the score at 7. Plymouth wasn’t done attacking, but Winkelseth was done giving up goals.
Davis Bruneau put the Hornets up for good with 7:10 to play. In traffic and in tight, he spun around and shot the ball in goal from nine yards.
With 4:53 Loveland gave the Hornets some breathing room, scoring from the middle, about 15 yards out. With 1:14 to play, Fairman took a pass from Jarvie and stuffed one in from the side of the goal.
The Hornets visit Pioneer Monday.
The Saline Post 3 Stars:
- Shane Winkelseth – After the game, Winkelseth said he thought he was a little sloppy on some goals. But as coach Crawford said, he was the difference in the game. When Plymouth tilted the field toward Saline’s goal, he held the fort. Especially late in the third quarter and early in the fourth, when Plymouth looked determined to regain the lead and put the Hornets on their heels.
- Jack Loveland – Scored three goals and had two assists. Loveland look a couple of penalties he’d probably like back, but he figured in on half of the Hornet goals. His two goals at the end of half were huge. Plymouth’s big push to start the second half only got them back to a tie game.
- Davis Bruneau – Scored two goals and had several dangerous scoring chances. His second goal of the game proved to be the gamewinner.