SUTTONS BAY — Being the first game of the season, it wasn’t surprising that both teams experienced some nervous tension, but Manistee came away with a 4-3 non-conference win at Suttons Bay on Friday.  

While there are several veterans returning for the Mariners, several new players were sprinkled into the mix to help them transition to the varsity.  

Despite that, the Mariners were able to apply their typical offense, spreading things around and creating enough opportunities to keep the Norsemen defense on its heels.  

The Mariners were able to finish the first half with a 2-1 lead, and never trailed or were tied as they kicked off their season on a positive note.  

Jacob Scharp and Luke Smith scored one goal apiece and each contributed one assist. Goals were also scored by Luke Senters and Miles Joseph.  

Although the Mariners’ defense limited the Norsemen’s chances, senior goalie Grayson Prince made seven saves. Two were crucial, including one where a deflection almost slipped in that he barely got a touch on.  

Manistee is back in action at noon Saturday with the Kalkaska Blue Blazers coming to Mariners Field.