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February 8, 2013

Comeback effort complete

North claims 4-3 shootout victory in Friday afternoon Showcase action

By Mike Moore
C & G Sports Writer

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North's Jack Stander brings the puck out from behind his own net in the third period. The Noresemen beat Mona Shores 4-3 in a shootout Friday afternoon at the MIHL Prep Showcase.

TRENTON — There aren’t many things Scott Lock hasn’t seen or been a part of in his years as Grosse Pointe North’s hockey coach.

But Friday’s “win” against Mona Shores during the second day of the Michigan Interscholastic Hockey League Prep Showcase brought about a career first.

“And we’re calling it a win, why not?” Lock said with a smile after his guys beat Mona Shores 4-3 in a shootout from the Kennedy Recreation Center in Trenton. “I’ve never been a part of a shootout before. We practiced it earlier this week, but to actually do it was pretty exciting. It’s what this showcase is all about.”

Shores, 18-0-1 coming into the noon game, took a 1-0 lead when Reed Hrynewich scored less than five minutes into the first period.

After and back-and-forth second, North took advantage of a 5-on-3 power play when David Chavis evened the game.

Momentum was short-lived, though, as Adam Ulfsax gave the Sailors a 2-1 lead two minutes later, and then Hrynewich scored his second of the game 2:05 into the third to give the Sailors a 3-1 lead.

“We knew we were getting chances, we just had to keep attacking,” Lock said.

His guys did, and with 10:17 remaining in regulation, Chavis scored his second goal on a wrist shot from the blue line.

After each team used a timeout, and Shores bounced a shot just wide when North pulled Tanner Colborg for the extra attacker, Nick Cusmano finished off a scramble in front of Shores’ net and tied the game with just 16.9 seconds remaining.

With games scheduled back to back all weekend, and extended overtimes not an option with the schedule, teams agreed to use a three-round shootout in case of a regulation tie.

Each team failed to score on its first two tries.

Shores scored on its third chance, only to see North’s Jack Guest score and force a fourth round.

Both teams scored in the fourth round, but after Colborg made his third save of the shootout on one end, Cusmano ended things with a nifty move at the other.

“Truthfully, this was one of those games that, in the end, it didn’t matter if you won or lost,” Lock said. “This was great hockey, two good teams with good players battling back and forth. You want to be part of games like this at this time of year, and we were glad to play as well as we did. … It may not have been our best effort, but it was right up there.”

North outshot Shores 40-21 for the game; Shores goalie Nate Rabbit finished with 37 saves, while Colborg stopped 18 shots.

North (12-8-0) wraps up play at the Showcase at 4 p.m. Feb. 9 against Livonia Stevenson.

You can reach C & G Sports Writer Mike Moore at mmoore@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1038. Twitter Follow Mike on Twitter.