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Ely drops two in opening weekend

Jay Greeney
Posted 11/28/18

HALLOCK – The Timberwolves put points on the board in their second game of the season on Saturday, but it was too little, too late as Kittson Central claimed the 8-2 win. The Bearcats took both …

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Ely drops two in opening weekend

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HALLOCK – The Timberwolves put points on the board in their second game of the season on Saturday, but it was too little, too late as Kittson Central claimed the 8-2 win. The Bearcats took both games of a weekend series here, after topping Ely 6-0 on Friday evening.

Kittson Central is a cooperative program that combines Lancaster, Kittson, and Tri-County high schools. For the second game in a row the Bearcats took big early leads over Ely, leaving the Wolves to play catch up. Kittson Central posted three goals in each of the opening two periods to start the matinee matchup.

Senior Austin Meskill finally got Ely on the board in the third period, with junior Luke Olson posting the assist. A follow-up goal by junior Dalton Schreffler, with the assist going to sophomore Jackson Flom, cut the Bearcats’ lead to 6-2.

But the Bearcats weren’t finished as they added two more late goals to clinch the deal.

Ely goaltender Chase Sandberg allowed eight goals on 42 shots, for a respectable .810 percentage. Ely, by contrast, had just 11 shots on goal in the game.

Officials assessed five penalties on both teams, although Ely players spent a total of 13 minutes in the box, compared to just ten for the Bearcats.

The Wolves are playing with a smaller roster this season as they used just ten different skaters throughout the game alongside Sandberg.

In Friday night’s season opener, Kittson Central scored at least one goal in every period to dominate Ely in their shutout victory.

Ely had 24 shots on goal and watched goaltender Chase Sandberg stop 32 of 38 shot attempts by Kittson Central.

Ely hosts Wadena-Deer Creek on Saturday, Dec. 1 in their home opener. Face-off is set for 2 p.m.

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