Grand Haven game up three first-period goals against rival Mona Shores Wednesday night.
The Buccaneers played the Sailors evenly the rest of the way, but even wasn’t enough after the slow start as Shores was able to continue its winning ways against Grand Haven with a 4-1 victory.
The Bucs have beaten the Sailors once since becoming a varsity team nearly a decade ago.
“First period. First period end of game,” said Grand Haven coach Dan Gadbois. “They outplayed us, they outhit us, they were first to the puck. All of the fundamentals of hockey, they did and we didn’t. It was probably the third game in a row that we did that. (We) didn’t learn.
“They slowed it down in the second. We picked it up and I told the guys, ‘We get a goal, and we’re back in the game.’ We were. Then we take stupid penalties. When you’re down two or three and you take stupid penalties, you’re not coming back. That’s the game in a nutshell.”
Shores, which features several Spring Lake players thanks to a co-op agreement between the two schools, had 34 shots on goal in the game to Grand Haven’s 11. That margin was 16-3 in the first period.
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