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HOCKEY: Carlson outshoots GI but has to work hard for win

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Putting more shots on goal than your opponent doesn’t always guarantee you an easy win.

That was the case for the Carlson hockey team when the Marauders won a 2-1, hard-fought battle with Grosse Ile on Friday night.

The Marauders outshot Grosse Ile 39-22 and had a 32-12 shot advantage through the second period.

“We knew we were gonna be in a tough game,” Carlson Coach Dennis Gundick said. “We know Grosse Ile’s been progressing. They’re working hard and their goaltender stood on his hat obviously.”

Carlson had the opportunities, but Grosse Ile’s Jordan Gilbert came up big in several situations.

“I thought the effort was there from our team (and) I thought Jordan played great,” Grosse Ile Coach Jason Durbin said. “But they’ve got a good team, too and we came up one goal short.”

The game winner came just 44 seconds into the third period. A big scramble ensued in front of the Grosse Ile net and the puck ended up behind Gilbert. Carlson’s Anthony Martucci got his stick on it and smacked it in for the 2-1 lead.

The strong play continued with each team having solid scoring opportunities.

Gilbert again came up with big saves to keep his team in the game. With 6:30 left on the clock, the sophomore came up with a big save, smacking away shots after falling to his stomach to keep it a one-goal game.

Early in the game, it was scoreless after the first 17 minutes.

In the second, Carlson got on board first with a power play goal from Tyler McIntosh with just 12:28 left.

With 9:01 to go, the Marauders almost took a two-goal lead, but the hard shot went just wide right.

It was Grosse Ile who struck next with what Durbin called a lucky goal.

Hunter McGough took the shot to tie the game at one.

“He shot from the sideboards and it went it,” Durbin said. “It was a bad angle goal.

“But, you shoot at the net, good things happen. When you get shots on net, you never know.”

Durbin said despite the loss, he was happy with the play of his team, who has now lost twice to Carlson this season.

“I thought it was a much improved game from the first time we played them to the second time we played them,” he said. “They kept the pressure on us for awhile, but we had our opportunities and we outshoot them in the third period. We’ve gonna take that as a positive.”

Gundick said he was proud of his team for staying in the game.

“We’re happy with the play; we stayed focused,” he said. “We could easily have collapsed, but we didn’t.

“We just kept on telling them to keep on throwing the pucks towards the net and good things will happen.”

The two teams could have one more go-around this season in districts. If Carlson wins its match up with Riverview in the opening round, they will face Grosse Ile again.

“We can’t take anybody lightly right now,” Gundick said. “Riverview thinks they’re gonna advance and we’ve gotta go out there and prove them wrong.”

But he knows how tough beating Grosse Ile again will be.

“It’s hard to beat anybody three times, that’s just the law of average,” he said. “You just tell the kids to keep on working the way we’ve been working in practice and good things will happen.

“(And) believe in yourselves. You’ve gotta believe. If you don’t believe in yourself, you won’t do it.”

Durbin and his Red Devils plan to be ready.

“There’s a lot more importance to that game too and pressure that comes along with it,” he said. “And pressure that comes along with beating teams three times in a row.

“I like what I’ve seen so far out of the guys. We’re improving and that’s all that matters. We’ll carry the effort forward.”

Last Updated: 2/14/2014 10:38:43 PM EST