FLINT — Coming into the weekend with a four-game winning streak and scoring goals at an impressive clip, the Lakeshore Badgers co-op ice hockey team fell on hard times and dropped a pair of games at the Flint Firebirds Arena.
After losing a close 3-1 game to Port Huron on Friday, the Badgers turned around and were mercied by Davison, 8-0 on Saturday.
“We knew Davison was strong, and they basically played keep away with us,” Lakeshore head coach Bill Shriver said. “We played a very strong eight minutes of the first period, but they just had too many weapons.
“The positives are we took only two penalties, and took the opportunity to work on our defensive zone coverage. We will take the next two weeks to keep getting better.”
In Friday’s game, the Badgers were down, 2-0 after two periods and didn’t really get going until the third.
“As a group, we were just out of sync for the first two periods, but were able to stay in it,” Shriver said.
“We played a really good third period, and cut their lead in half. They got one more to seal it.”
Lakeshore’s goal was a great rebound pickup by JT Slogozny off a shot from the point by Luke Larr.
Russell Schade won the draw back to Larr, and Slobozny was in the perfect spot in front of the net and buried the shot.
“It was one of those nights when the puck seemed to bounce onto their sticks rather than ours,” Shriver added. “But, the boys stayed with it and played much better in both zones in the third.”
The Badgers close out the regular season on Friday, Feb. 18 at Sandusky.
Right now, the Badgers are scheduled to play their pre-regional playoff game in Muskegon against Bryon Center the week after the Sandusky game. No date has been set yet.