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BNIT Day 1 Recap: Michigan teams show up strong on opening day with pair of convincing victories, combine for 20 goals

By By Drew Herron, Special to Minnesota Hockey, 04/25/19, 10:45PM CDT


Massachusetts goalie Jack Gatie stops a scoring chance at the edge of the crease by Michigan18's Seth Lause during the second period Thursday night at Plymouth Ice Center. Photo by Drew Herron

Michigan Juniors put up 51 shots and 11 goals in decisive win over Massachusetts

The Michigan Juniors (Sky Blue) poured on half a hundred shots and 11 goals to race past Massachusetts in the nightcap Thursday at Plymouth Ice Center, downing the Maroon team by an 11-3 final.

Scoring was well distributed through the lineup for Michigan, as 16 of the 18 skaters recorded at least one point in the game, while nobody finished with more than two. Nick Marone (Brother Rice), Dylan Dooley (Detroit Catholic) and Luke Blasy (Midlind Dow) all scored twice in the victory.

A delayed flight forced a late arrival to the arena for Massachusetts, less than an hour before puck drop. Indeed the Maroon team was slow to warm and didn’t put its first shot on goal until two minutes remain in the period, but Massachusetts came out swinging in the second period, and briefly tied it 2-2 on goals by Cameron Bower (Hudson) and Will Trischitta (Framingham).

It wasn’t long however until Michigan regrouped and scored seven straight in the second period as Sky Blue took control.

In net for Michigan, Caden Fisher (Grandville) and Joey Cormier (Trenton) combined for the victory, collecting stopping nine of 12 shots. At the other end, Cameron Marcoux (Lincoln-Sudbury) and Jack Gatie (Marshfield) tallied 40 saves, 23 of them by Marcoux, and most of them coming under heavy pressure in the first period.  - Drew Herron

Box Score - Michigan18 vs Massachusetts


Michigan18s celebrate their second goal of the game en route to a 10-3 win over Massachusetts Thursday night. Photo by Drew Herron

Michigan Seniors rip Wisconsin Juniors 9-1

Four different skaters finished with at least three points as the Royal Blue team consisting of Michigan Seniors rolled to a 9-1 victory over the Wisconsin Juniors in opening round action Thursday evening at Plymouth Ice Center.

The Blues held a two-goal lead following the opening period before tearing the game open in the second with five goals. 

Patrick Donnelly (Houghton) finished with four assists to lead all scorers, while Gabe Anderson (Hartland), Tim Erkkila (Calumet) and Joey Larson (Hartland) all chipped in three points apiece. Anderson and Erkkila both scored two goal each.

In net, Brett Tome (Hartland) and Sam Evola (Detroit Country Day) combined for the victory. Tome stopped eight shots he faced in the first period-and-a-half, before being relieved by Evola. Evola closed out the game with 10 saves on 11 shots for the Blues.

Wisconsin’s lone goal was scored by TBone Weis (Edgewood), with the assist going to goaltender Jacob Mork (Neenah Hortonville Menasha). - Drew Herron

Box Score - Michigan18 vs Massachusetts

Early lead and sound goaltending drive North Dakota past Minnesota Juniors 5-2

North Dakota jumped out early with a pair of first period goals and never trailed in picking up a 5-2 win over the Minnesota HP18 Juniors Thursday afternoon at Plymouth Ice Center in opening round NIT action.

A pair of forwards from Grand Forks Central got things started as William Lawson-Body opened the scoring a little less than nine minutes into the first, and Peter Loyland added another a short time later as the Green team seized the lead. In net Mathew Schmidt (Bismarck Century) was on point in stopping 27 of the 29 shots Minnesota pounded out. 

Minnesota cut the deficit back to two goals early in the third when Kyle Heffron (Totino-Grace) netted an even-strength goal, though North Dakota would answer with two more of its own, from Joseph Pavek (Dickinson) and Dain Sardelli (Bismarck) to keep command of the lead.

Hudson Hodges (Moorhead) and Evan Melville (Apple Valley) split time between the pipes for Minnesota, combining for 21 saves on 26 shots. Melville stopped 13 of the 16 he faced in 27 minutes of action.  - Drew Herron

Box Score - North Dakota vs Minnesota HP18

Chorske's shootout goal lifts Minnesota seniors past Wisconsin seniors, 3-2

Brett Chorske’s double-pump forehand shot proved too tough to stop as the forward from Edina’s shootout goal proved decisive in the Minnesota Seniors’ 3-2 victory over the seniors from Wisconsin Thursday afternoon at Plymouth Ice Center.

Cayden Laurvick (Superior) opened the scoring seven minutes into the first period, and staked an early lead for Wisconsin. From there,the two sides traded goals, and the lead through the first two periods, while Minnesota hammered away with 40 shots (to Wisconsin’s 26). Dalton Saltness (Forest Lake) scored twice in the second period for Minnesota with a score from Wisconsin’s Zachary Welsch (St. Mary’s Springs Academy) sandwiched between. 

In net for Minnesota, Brennan Boynton (Champlin Park) was a perfect 12-for-12 in shots he faced through 27 minutes, and teammate Jacob Gathje (Rochester Mayo) added 12 saves on 14 shots.

For Wisconsin, Garrett Larsen (Waukesha) stopped 20 of 21 shots and Gavin Abric (Hayward) made 18 saves on 19 shots through regulation.  - Drew Herron

Box Score - Wisconsin SRs vs Minnesota SRs