Hancock was looking sharp Thursday night as they cruised to a 9-0 mercy victory in two periods against the L’Anse Purple Hornets. It started early, as #12 Ted Randell flipped a great shot into the top corner just 56 seconds into the game, making it 1-0 ‘Dawgs. Randell added another just six minutes later, with Carter Nettell following up right behind him, and it looked like it was going to be a blowout with the score at 3-0 just 7:30 into the game.
Trevor Tchida added a couple of his own, and the race was on to see how fast the ‘Dawgs could end this one. Alex Nordstrom answered that question, by putting in not one, not two, but three, getting his hattrick in the 2nd period, getting the Bulldogs their ninth and final goal. The clock was in running time just a couple minutes into the second period after Randell assisted his brother Bryce to get the ‘Dawgs’ 8th.
L’Anse really didn’t have an answer for Hancock’s speed and incredible puck handling, and it’s tough to see how Calumet will match up.
Calumet is a much stronger team, pounding Jeffers that same Thursday night 9-1, getting the mercy early on in the 3rd on the back of four goals by Scott Loukus. However, I think Hancock’s teamwork, as well as the goaltending of Dawson Kero, will see them through this one.
Calumet will play Hancock in the next round of the playoffs later today at 2pm at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena, and it should be a great one.
I have the Bulldogs winning a close one, and maybe getting an empty netter late to make my prediction 4-2 ‘Dawgs. Good luck to both teams!