2017-12-07 / Sports

Cardinals put up big offensive numbers on weekend

Davison’s Jake McCatty lugs the puck during a game against Lapeer last season. 
Photo by Brandon Pope Davison’s Jake McCatty lugs the puck during a game against Lapeer last season. Photo by Brandon Pope MIDLAND – The Davison hockey team controlled the tempo during Saturday’s game against East Grand Rapids. Although it remained 1-0 heading into the third, Davison ripped the mesh multiple times to take home a 4-1 win.

Jake McCatty got Davison on the board in the opening period with help from Luke Pastor and Jourdan Schmidt, and then a scoreless drought lasted all the way to the third period. That’s when Gage Thrall split the defense and set up Allen Hughson for a highlight-reel goal.

Thrall would get back to work, making it 3-0 with a helper from Jeffrey Schmidt and then Thrall added one more, assisted by Dylan McMullen. East Grand Rapids got a cosmetic goal after an attempted blocked shot deflected into the net.

“Noah Hall was very solid in goal,” said coach Doug Towler. “Their goaltender played very well. We were in pretty good control. We took more penalties than I wanted that were unnecessary. Penalties that you just can’t take that we ended up having to kill off. They ended up getting quite a few shots in the second period, but Noah Hall was outstanding in goal all weekend.”

Friday’s game against Muskegon Reeths-Puffer was definitely a game of momentum. The Cards were down 2-0 early before McCatty buried one from Tommy Goyette and Alex Wood. Reeths-Puffer added one more to go up 3-1, and just 10 seconds into the second period, they made it a 4-1 contest. That’s when Davison began to wake up.

Thrall netted a power-play tally from McCatty to cut it to 4-2 after two, then in the third, he blocked a shot and the blue line and scored on a breakaway. Thrall then added another before he set up Jeffrey Schmidt’s goal. Thrall then fired home two more, the latter an empty netter.

“Obviously, it was a good comeback win for us,” said Towler. “We’d like to find a little bit more balance for scoring, but you take what you can get.”

Davison’s road trip to Chelsea last Wednesday didn’t end in the Cardinals’ favor. Costly turnovers put Davison behind the eight ball in a 5-0 loss.

“In a game that is usually high in intensity with solid defensive play, tonight’s game was anything but that for the Cards,” said Towler. “Down 3-0 in the first after giving up only four shots you would think goaltending. This was not a goaltending issue at all. Four bad turnovers in the scoring area with no coverage is not a goalie problem, as our netminder Noah Hall should have felt abandoned.

“The warmup was not great. The effort was suspect. The execution was not evident for any sustained time and yet we were not outplayed at all. We just made too many careless mistakes. So, we move forward hoping to lock down in our defensive zone and pass the puck better allowing some flow offensively.”

Davison hosted Alliance (LakeVille/ Goodrich/Almont/Imlay City/North Branch) at the Dort Federal Event Center on Wednesday, following press deadlines. – B.P.

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