Friday, February 14, 2014

'Nooks Turn Friday Into Hockey Clinic, Take Down Tech 7-3

The boys put on a hockey clinic tonight in Houghton. After the first, I'm thinking to myself that with the scoring chances the 'Nooks generate, no way in hell is this going to be a low scoring game. Sure enough, 4 buried biscuits in the second and 2 more in the 3rd and school is out. North Pole kid Phoenix Copley was even pulled after the 2nd, but it wasn't his fault. The 'Nooks just simply took it to them tonight. 

And it was no fluke either. The 'Nooks had the Huskies number in every end of the ice. I was very impressed with the effort the Nanooks brought today, racking up the highest score against a WCHA opponent this season and avenging the Chargers who took 10 goals from Tech last Saturday. 

Some of the goals for the 'Nooks tonight were nothing short of beautiful. Kunyk's pair just 20 seconds apart, the second of which was a clean breakaway and a beauty top shelf to just break the game wide open. Brandon Morley's great showing of patience from the high slot to get the traffic going up front then buried 5-hole. Jared Larson's tip on Huysmans shot right in front perfectly over the goaltenders shoulder. And my personal favorite of the night, Garrick Perry's Iron Man wraparound. 

Perry made a strong possession play to power his way around the net, and managed to catch both Husky defenders chasing him around which opened up Tyler Morley on the trailer, alone on the back door. Perry gift wrapped, addressed, and put a bow on that one to Tyler who didn't miss that time.   

The 'Nooks left a few goals on the ice too having missed a few grade A chances with a few missed passes and a few odd bounces missed a few stick blades. Lindell's sticks out in my head on the back door as well, but the puck just took a strange hop just over his stick at the last second. 

So the 'Nooks dominate on a Friday, and need to follow up on Saturday. Nanooks have struggled with consistency both nights, no secret there. But hopefully the tide has changed and the light stays turned on for the boys tomorrow to keep lighting the lamp. 

Cards are falling in the Nanooks favor as Lake State beat Northern, hoping they split. Bemidji lost. And UAA and BGSU tied, so they each just got one point. Which puts the 'Nooks alone in 6th, 2 points ahead of LSSU and 2 points back from the now-3-way tie for 3rd. Still lots of ways the cards can fall down the way, but the 'Nooks just need to Win Baby, Win!

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