Thrilling finishes were the theme of the long holiday weekend.
The action started on Thursday with the Lions last second win, but it also didn’t end with the dramatic finale in Columbus on Saturday.
On the McMorran Arena ice, a heck of a comeback was completed late Saturday afternoon by Port Huron Northern in the final minutes of the Larry Manz Holiday Tournament. Trailing Anchor Bay 4-3 in the finals, the Huskies scored three times in the closing three minutes for a 6-4 title win.
“It was a confidence boost,” senior Corey Easton said. “It showed we can play at a high level and play consistent, and when we do get down we can come right back from getting down.”
Easton had three goals over the two-game tournament, also scoring the equalizer in the Huskies seventh consecutive Larry Manz title win. For his impressive weekend, Easton is the Times Herald Athlete of the Week.
This isn’t the first time Easton has earned Times Herald honors, entering this season as the reigning Times Herald Hockey Player of the Year.
Entering his senior year, Easton’s biggest improvement has been worked on in the weight room, also making his game on the ice more physical as well. With that increase of skill, it surely looks like Easton has a promising senior season ahead of him.
“He’s a tremendous skater, and what he’s learning to do is still finish at that high speed and pace to the game,” Northern head coach Daryel McCarrel said “And what’s really helped him out is playing on the other side of the puck … he’s a really good penalty killer.”
Northern will once again have a challenging season ahead playing in the Michigan Interscholastic Hockey League – arguably the state’s toughest league. As always, McCarrel wants to use that conference season to grow toward peaking at the season’s end for a deep run in the state playoffs.
However, he wants to see some more precise shooting in the near future.
“We shot a lot of pucks over the net,” McCarrel said. “Of course, in November, you don’t expect to be perfect … and what I like to call it is we need to take five miles an hour off our fastball to hit our corners.”
Overall, the mood within Northern hockey is optimistic after a pair of wins over the weekend.
“(What stuck out) is how well we played as a team through the whole thing and stuck together,” Easton said. “Even when we were down and scored those three goals in two minutes it was nice to rally.”