Prep hockey: Hancock rallies past Negaunee with four third period goals

NEGAUNEE – Hancock scored four unanswered goals in the third period to erase a 3-2 deficit and beat Negaunee 6-3 on Thursday night.

For the second straight game, the Miners (5-11) had problems with penalties in the third period that thwarted any kind of comeback.

“We played solid defensively for two periods and definitely didn’t give up quality shots and cleared the rebounds,” NHS coach Darrel Sleeman said. “Then they got two quick goals in the third period and we started taking unnecessary penalties.”

Negaunee trailed 2-1 after one period as the Miners’ Neal Violetta scored an unassisted goal around Hancock tallies by Hayden Heikkinen and Zach Ahola.

The home team got the only two goals of the second period to go ahead on shots into the net by Chad Larson, assisted by Violetta, and Eric Farley, a power-play goal off a pass from Jeffrey Mathews.

But the Bulldogs (7-5-1) knocked home goals 39 seconds apart before seven minutes had elapsed in the third period to retake the lead for good, getting goals from Danny Hill and Larry Fallen.

Ahola got his second goal on a power play less than a minute and a half later for insurance before Hunter Kerri rounded out his team’s four-goal period with 4:39 left.

HCHS held a decisive 47-17 shots advantage as Negaunee goalie Anthony Moil made 41 saves and Bulldogs counterpart William Lucier had 14.