Lumberjacks hockey team downed by Greyhounds at NLA
The tables were turned on the Alpena Community College hockey team on Saturday.
Joe Mann scored a hat trick and the University of Indianapolis upended the Lumberjacks 6-3 in the second game of a weekend doubleheader at Northern Lights Arena.
Playing their second game in 12 hours, the Lumberjacks (1-1) had plenty of chances, but couldn’t overcome a slow start. Hunter Tolsdorf netted a hat trick for ACC, which defeated the Greyhounds 7-3 on Friday.
Indianapolis led 4-1 after one period and kept a comfortable lead the rest of the way. Despite playing with a short bench, the Lumberjacks only trailed in shots on goal 43-32 and had several special teams chances they couldn’t capitalize on. The Lumberjacks had more than two minutes with a 5-on-3 advantage for the game, but only scored once all game with the man advantage.
Tolsdorf gave ACC a 1-0 lead two minutes into the game, banging a puck past Indianapolis goalie Weston Akard after he misplayed the puck. David Hartline earned an assist on the goal.
Indianapolis took the lead for good as Mann scored two goals in nine seconds with the first coming at the 6:34 mark of the opening frame. The Greyhounds added a goal at 12:45as Liam Partian beat Alpena goalie Trevor McConnell over the glove for a 3-1 lead.
With one second left in a 5-on-3 advantage, Tyler Gregory scored with nearly a minute left in the period, giving the Greyhounds a sizeable lead after 20 minutes.
The Lumberjacks had nearly two minutes with a 5-on-3 advantage in the first period, but couldn’t capitalize and ran into penalty issues of their own. Starting at 9:39, ACC was whistled four times before the end of the period and the Greyhounds started the second period with 50 seconds of a 5-on-3 power-play.
Mann completed his hat trick just 1:10 into the middle stanza, beating McConnell through the five-hole for a power-play tally.
The Greyhounds were whistled several times for penalties in the second period, but ACC was only able to connect once as Tolsdorf lit the lamp at 11:45 with a slapshot from the slot to make it 5-2. Kody Rickley earned the assist.
The Greyhounds’ final goal came at 12:59 in the second period when Tyler Schepens beat McConnell with a shot up high.
Tolsdorf completed his hat trick at 15:33 in the third period.
ACC will return to action on Thursday in the Northwoods Tournament which will run through Saturday. Alpena will play at Northwoods University at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, at Ferris State University on Friday at 7:30 p.m. and at Saginaw Valley on Saturday at 3:15 p.m.