By Murray Gleffe
ASHWAUBENON — If you like offense and clean hockey, the Bay Port/De Pere game Jan. 9 at the Cornerstone Community Ice Center was a good example.
No combined penalties were called in Bay Port’s 10-1 victory over the Voyageurs.
Samuel Lyons and Sean Samels each scored two goals for the Pirates.
“You always feel for the guy in the net on the opposing side (De Pere goalie Henry Allen) when something like this happens,” said Mike Buchan, Bay Port head coach. “We came in focused, and the boys did what was asked. We put pucks behind goalies, which isn’t an easy thing to do.”
The Pirates had 19 shots on goal to De Pere’s 13.
The madness started 47 seconds into the game.
Samels took a right-wing circle faceoff and scored on a one-timer for a 1-0 lead.
A little more than two minutes later, Lyons beat Allen after a bad De Pere turnover in its zone.
The Voyageurs cut the margin to 2-1 with a goal by Grady Coppo with 9:08 left in the opening stanza, but the Pirates poured it on the rest of the period.
“Grady’s goal was one of the few bright spots we had,” said JP Coppo, De Pere head coach. “We had lots of laziness, and it contributed to the lopsided score.”
Carl Cano notched his first goal of the game to make it 3-1, and then, with 2:33 still remaining in the opening period, Alex Voss scored on a redirect off a shot by teammate Tyler Brady for a 4-1 lead.
The four goals for Bay Port were recorded on only five shots.
The good fortunes for the Pirates continued into the second period, as Ty Froelich scored 64 seconds in to make it 5-1.
Ben VanEnkenvoort replaced Allen in net, but the Pirates kept scoring.
Samels added his second goal minutes later, as the running clock was induced.
A bit later, Froelich tallied his second goal in a row (hat-trick) before Lyons scored to make it 9-1 after two periods.
The Pirates scored their first nine goals on only 12 shots.
Brady notched the final goal of the night in the third period, as Allen was reinserted in goal for the Voyageurs.
“We have lots of good things in place,” said Buchan. “We’re in the grind part of the season. We have to finish strong, continue moving our feet and play disciplined hockey.”
Bay Port plays at West Bend Jan. 12, while De Pere hosts Ashwaubenon Jan. 15 at the De Pere Ice Center.
De Pere: 1, 0, 0 — 1
Bay Port: 4, 5, 1 — 10