SCOTTVILLE — With only nine skaters available for Friday night’s game, the Lakeshore Badgers co-op ice hockey squad just plain ran out of gas.

Playing on their home sheet at the West Shore Community Ice Arena on the campus of West Shore Community College in Scottville, the Badgers hung tough but faded in the third period and lost, 6-1 to Cadillac.

“When we can stay out of the penalty box, and play five-on-five we’re a good team,” Lakeshore coach Bill Shriver said. “But we only had nine skaters, and our goalie, so stamina became an issue in the last period.

“Five minutes into the third we were only behind, 3-1 and felt like we had a chance. But, then we took a five-minute penalty, and the kids had tired legs. We didn’t have any push after awhile.”

Austin Quillan scored the Badgers’ only goal unassisted. The Badgers had several good looks through the first two periods, but didn’t get many in the third period as they spent more time on the penalty kill.

The Badgers were scheduled to play at West Shore again on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.