HOUGHTON - On a night when their offense was a little bit off, the Jeffers Jets hockey team used solid defense and clutch goaltending to score a 4-1 hockey victory over the Negaunee Miners on Tuesday at MacInnes Student Ice Arena.
A couple of peculiar goals didn't hurt the Jets, either.
The first goal of that variety came early in the first period when David Pollard put up a knuckleball shot that fluttered past NHS goalie Anthony Moyle.
Negaunee junior goaltender Anthony Moyle stops a shot against Jeffers on Tuesday?at MacInnes Student Ice Arena in Houghton. (Houghton Daily Mining Gazette photo by David Archambeau)
Then Nick Harris banged a shot that glanced off Moyle's pads into the net to give the Jets a 2-1 lead after one period.
Negaunee freshman forward Trevor Borlace tied the game a couple of minutes earlier with the lone goal his team could muster on the night.
Negaunee coach Darrel Sleeman said his team made too many mistakes.
Escanaba 8, Marquette 0
Marquette 0 0 0 - 0
Escanaba 1 4 3 - 8
E - Pinar (Wood) 0:30
E - Wood (Wunder, Lyle) 2:40
E - Wunder (Pinar, Chaillier) (PP) 7:22
E - Myrick (LaMarch, Borman) 8:18
E - Wunder (Chaillier) 16:08
E - LaMarch (Chailier) 12:32
E - Chaillier (Wunder) (PP) 14:59
E - Wunder (Lyle) (PP) 15:10
Goalie saves: Cameron, M, 39; LeMire, E, 13.
Jeffers 4, Negaunee 1
Negaunee100 - 1
Jeffers211 - 4
J - David Pollard (unassisted) 5:23
N - Trevor Borlace (Chad Larson)
J - Nick Harris (Pollard) 10:28.
J - Drew Morris (Tyler Bailey).
J - Stephen Butina (Morris, Lance Kangas) 15:51 (PP)
Goalie saves: Moyle, N, 41; Durocher, J, 20
"We turned the puck over (30 passing miscues) way too many times, you can't have that and expect to win," Sleeman said. "But Jeffers played a good hockey game, I don't want to take anything away from them."
Just the night before, Houghton forced Miners netminder Tyler Riutta to block 61 shots in a 5-1 loss.
Moyle was called on to block 41 shots last night.
Escanaba 8, Marquette 0
ESCANABA - The Escanaba Eskymos picked up their long rivalry on Tuesday night with Marquette right where they left off last season, continuing an unprecedented run of success against the Redmen.
After defeating Marquette 8-0 in last year's district, the Eskymos (3-1) duplicated that score on Tuesday with an impressive performance on both ends of the ice.
"It just feels great, two mercies in a row, last year and the start of his year, it feels great," said Esky captain Derek Chaillier who had a goal and three assists. "Last year we were pretty strong, we lost some key players but we're still as strong as ever."
Esky got on the board in the first minute of the game after a turnover. Stephen Wood carried the puck into Marquette's zone and kicked it out to Calvin Pinar who ripped a slapshot from the point.
The Eskymos put 20 shots on MSHS sophomore goaltender Travis Cameron in the first period to Marquette's four. For the game, Esky reeled off 47 shots to Marquette's 13
"Travis played well. That was his first game so I'm happy with how we played early," said MSHS head coach Doug Garrow. "Toward the end of the game I think he got down on himself a little and let in some soft one, but for a sophomore, that's a learning experience. I think he'll get better. Hopefully the whole team gets better."
Escanaba exploded for four goals in the second period, including two from Levi Wunder and TJ Myrick less than a minute apart. Wunder had a hat trick with three goals and two assists.
Esky's last two goals came after Marquette's Lucas Klingler was give a five-minute major and a game misconduct for boarding. Chaillier and Wunder scored 11 seconds apart to end the game with 1:50 remaining.
Paul Peterson for the Houghton Daily Mining Gazette and Keith Shelton of the Escanaba Daily Press contributed to this report.