WELLS - The Escanaba Eskymos decided they enjoy living on the other end of high school hockey's mercy rule.
Tuesday night, they shut out the Negaunee Miners 9-0 in two periods to rack up their third consecutive mercy victory.
"The kids have been working hard," said Eskymos coach Tim McCarthy. "And when you work hard, you get rewarded for it. The last three games, we've pretty much dominated, and that's not going to happen all the time, but the hard work is paying off."
On Dec. 7, the Eskymos were on the receiving end of the mercy rule as they were beat by Macomb-Dakota 8-0. Ever since then, they have been on a roll, beating every foe in their path.
"I don't know if we've ever done this before, let alone to have three shortened games in a row,
McCarthy said. "I'm real proud of the boys and how they've handled themselves."
The Miners skated well for first half of the opening period Tuesday, although the puck spent the majority of the time in Escanaba's offensive zone.
With 12:49 remaining, the Miners were called for cross checking and Escanaba had a power play opportunity. However, Negaunee's first shot on goal came during that power play. In those two minutes, the Eskymos had taken four shots, and TJ Myrick scored on the final attempt to capitalize on the power play and put his team on the scoreboard first.
About five minutes later, freshman Calvin Pinar scored his first career goal on a slap shot right in front of the blue line, extending the lead 2-0 to head into the second period.
"In the first period we came out and they outshot us pretty well, but our guys were in the fight, and they didn't give in," said Negaunee coach Eric Hill. "After a while, our guys just kind of lost steam and got a little frustrated at the end there, and they were able to put a couple more in after that."