Saturday, November 30, 2013

Nanooks Drop Game 1 to Michigan Tech 3-2

The Nanooks got off to a great start to jump the Huskies with an early goal on a beauty of a shot from JD Peterson. Now, Peterson didn't get the goal, put he placed the shot on Coply to hit his right pad, where the puck landed beautifully on Tyler Morley's stick off the rebound with a wide open net for the early 1-0 lead which last through the end of the first, a period largely dominated by the Nanooks defense controlling Tech's blue line.

But the second started very differently, as the guys kept getting trapped during their breakout. Tech had the play covered, as the took away the centering pass and kept a guy low. Petan was that guy. Twice. Once for their 1st goal, and for their 3rd. Almost identically the same play. 

Shane Hanna split the two with a snipe from the point for the first of his career. Good play that developed on the rush, as the play came back to the point after a flurry on the initial rush. Very nice shot to be honest, I can't fault Cahill for that either who looked good in his first start of the season.

Garrick Perry closed the scoring for the evening getting a shot through the short side under the blocker of Copley. Kind of a weird play that nobody was really sure what had just happened. From my angle, I didn't see the puck in the net until Copley moved enough to see the puck sitting under the rubber where the netting meets the base of the goal frame. The officials discussed it, and the puck definitely went in but just like me it caught everyone else by surprise as well.

The 'Nooks had the better chances in the 3rd to tie the game, but Copley came up big on golden chances from Tyler Morley and Cody Kunyk. On Morley's pseudo-breakaway, a lot of us thought that he actually scored before he got railed into the net. Turns out Tyler went across the goal line before the puck did. Again, the 'Nooks played well enough to win, but they weren't quite ready for the pressure that Michigan Tech came out of the 2nd period with.

Hopefully game two goes a bit differently and the 'Nooks can catch their stride. 

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