Petoskey hockey: Split weekend success
Unfortunately, the Northmen couldn't replicate that success the follow evening.
On Saturday, Petoskey traveled to Gaylord and dropped a 3-0 Big North Conference decision at the Otsego County SportsPlex.
With the weekend split, the Northmen move to 4-10-1 overall, 1-4-1 league. Petoskey will travel to Traverse City on Friday, Jan. 21, for a non-league game against Benzie Central.
"Hopefully, we've learned a lesson after this weekend," first-year Petoskey coach Craig Coxe said. "We have to come out after a big win and play just as strong as the night before."
On Friday, the Northmen and junior goaltender Dillon Kelley held Manistee off the scoreboard in earning their fourth win of the season and third victory over the last four games.
Kelley made 28 saves in posting his first career shutout.
"That's a big boost for him," Coxe said. "But it was a complete and total team effort. Everybody played well, all our lines were solid, all the defensemen were solid and our goalie was solid.
"It was without a doubt the best all-around game we've played all year."
Junior Chris Howard gave the Northmen a 1-0 lead in the first period with help from Patrick Gitre and Derek Smith. Sophomore Tanner Davis added an empty-net goal in the third period.
On Saturday against Gaylord, the Blue Devils, 7-7-1 overall, 1-1-1 league, received goals from Nick Shear, Dugan Kelly and Spencer Bajko and goaltender Peter Lawton earned the shutout.
Kelley made 33 saves in goal for the Northmen.
"I was really hoping we'd ride that wave of momentum into Saturday's game, but we just didn't play as well as we could," Coxe said. "We just weren't as sharp, we were missing some passes and we made some bad decisions. That happens sometimes after a big win.
"But if we can play like we did on Friday, we can be competitive with anybody."