Maumee Opens Season At Cold Turkey Tournament

Maumee senior wing Bailey Kayne passes the puck during a November 25 game against Gilmour Academy’s Blue team at Tam-O-Shanter. Kayne scored both of the Panthers’ goals during this weekend’s Cold Turkey Tournament. MIRROR PHOTO BY JOE NEGRICH

BY ANDY ROWER | MIRROR SPORTS — Maumee sophomore goaltender Roby Fairchild racked up at least 35 saves on November 26, despite an 8-0 loss to Northview’s junior varsity team at Tam-O-Shanter. Eleven of those saves came in the game’s first 10 minutes, when seniors Max Jensen and Caleb Redd-Simms, sophomore Zach Marvin and freshman Brett Birt helped Fairchild hold the Wildcats to just a rebound goal by senior forward Jake Pizza at 3:42. With Northview players such as Pizza and freshmen Brad Beaver, Nick Johnson, Griffin Muir and David Younger keeping the Panthers off the scoreboard over the stretch despite solid attempts by Brett Birt, Jensen, Marvin, junior wing Zach Birt and freshman center Kenny Poupard, the Wildcats tripled their lead before the start of the second. Freshman forward Dougie Carter scored the contest’s second goal with 4:58 remaining and the Wildcats added a third about three minutes later. With the continued strong defensive play of Fairchild and senior wing Bailey Kayne, Maumee managed to stick within three goals of Northview through the first 7:00 of the second period, but the floodgates opened shortly thereafter. Northview’s Pizza pushed the score to 4-0 by scoring on a Muir assist with 8:16 left and then completed a hat trick on an assist from freshman forward Ethan Music about 3:00 later. Brett Birt and Fairchild continued to shine defensively for the Panthers as the period wound down, but Muir and Pizza each scored another Northview goal in the final 4:16. With 2:28 left, the penalty box included three Maumee players and two more from Northview. Panthers sophomore Kenlyn Foster joined Brett Birt, Fairchild and Marvin in helping to keep the Wildcats at seven goals through the first 10:00 of the frame, but Northview’s Beaver and Carter continued to thwart the Panthers’ attempts – this time by Jensen and Kayne. Northview’s Music eventually broke the period’s scoreless tie with a goal at the 4:09 mark, before Carter closed things out with the Wildcats’ ninth goal with only 50 seconds still showing on the clock. Northview ended up attempting 58 shots over 45:00. Carter and Pizza led the way with 11 shots apiece, Music added 10 more, Muir attempted nine, Younger posted five, junior forward Yaqub Elorra had four, Claire Ames contributed three and fellow freshman forward Nick Johnson finished with two. Beaver ended up a perfect 11-for-11 on save opportunities. Jensen paced Maumee’s offense with four attempts, Jensen and Kayne added three more each, Brett Birt recorded two shots and Zach Birt, Poupard and senior wings Sam Wackler and Whelton tacked on one apiece, despite the loss. St. Francis JVs The Panthers previously played a pair of games on November 25, the last of which resulted in an 8-0 loss to St. Francis’ junior varsity squad. Fairchild racked up another 28 saves in the 9:00 p.m. contest. Gilmour Academy Blue Saturday’s 9:00 a.m. game saw Maumee fall to Gilmour Academy’s Blue team, 11-1. The Panthers scored their second goal of the young season on an assist from Jensen to Kayne in the opening period. Gilmour countered with six goals of its own in the first, four more in the second and another in the third. Matt Roddy led the way with three goals and two assists and Ryan Houdlik added three assists. Gilmour Academy Grey Maumee opened its 2017-18 season with an 11-1 loss to Gilmour Academy’s Gray team on November 24. Kayne scored the Panthers’ first goal on an assist from Jensen, but Gilmour responded with five goals of its own in the first period. From there, Gilmour tacked on three more goals in both the second and third periods. Dylan Wharton led Gilmour with two goals and two assists and Caleb Downs tacked on two more goals and an assist. “Well, needless to say it was a tough tournament and an eye opener,” said Maumee hockey coach Joe Linnenkugel said. “However, it was also a great learning situation. The level of competition we faced showed us what we need to work on. The players saw where we need to increase hustle; skating ability and puck control and beat the opponent to the puck. “With that being said, the players all had a good time and the veteran players loved being back in school colors and back into competition. It gave everybody a chance to feel like a team again and realize they’re all in this together. Even though the scores didn’t show it, it was a great tournament for us and taught us a lot.”

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