SANDUSKY — Showing some rust after a two-week layoff, the Lakeshore Badgers co-op ice hockey team appeared sluggish to start the game and eventually fell to Sandusky, 6-3 on the road Friday night in its regular season finale.

While the Badgers struggled to get their feet under them, Sandusky Eligion co-op squad built a 3-0 lead in the first period.

The Badgers managed to close the gap to two goals when JT Sloboszny buried a shot to narrow the Badgers’ deficit to two goals, 3-1, on assists from Luke Larr and Bryce Harless.

But the Eligion came back to score a fourth goal to boost its lead back up to three goals, 4-1 before the Badgers tallied two more goals to make it 4-3.

Harless had them both, the first on assists from Russell Schade and Larr, while Austin Quillan and River Claveau assisted on the second.

“We played a lot better in the second half of the game than we did in the first half,” Lakeshore coach Bill Shriver said. “We took three or four penalties, and two of them were legit. Overall, it was a good effort.”

The Badgers now prepare for their pre-regional game, which is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 23 at Muskegon against Reeths-Puffer.

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