Home sweep gives Calumet a three-game win streak
The Calumet Wolverines earned two wins this weekend and have now won three straight Great Lakes Hockey League games.
The Wolverines defeated the defending champion Fond du Lac Bears 6-2 Friday night and then took down the West Bend Bombers 9-5 Saturday night. Both games were at the Calumet Colosseum.
Friday night the Wolverines scored six unanswered after Fond du Lac jumped out to a 2-0 lead early in the third period. Rookie defenseman Josh Harju broke through with his first GLHL hat trick. Harju filled the ice with hats twice, as the home crowd reacted to the Wolverines jumping to a 4-2 lead early in the third period, but it was actually tipped in by Emmett Bjorn.
Harju finally netted the hat trick goal with 6:02 remaining on the clock. All four of his points came on the power play. The Wolverines scored four goals on seven power-play chances in the game, including two during a five-minute major in the second period.
Ryan Patrick made 34 saves for the Wolverines and has now won two straight.
Saturday the Wolverines had 12 players earn a point, including four-point nights for Jeff Erkkila (2 goals, 2 assists) and Eric Bausano (4 assists). Wayne Hyrkas had his first three-point game with two goals and an assist while Mike Babcock, Logan Rastello, Tyler Froberg, Josh Harju and Byron Parks also had multi-point efforts.
The Wolverines scored four second-period goals to earn the victory. Dylan Whitaker moved to 2-0-0 on the season after making 36 saves.
Calumet is now 4-2-1 on the season, good for sixth in the GLHL standings. The win over Fond du Lac was the Wolverines first home win over the Bears since the beginning of the 2005 season (when more accurate records began being recorded).
The Wolverines are off next weekend. The Wolverines will hit the road Jan. 25 and 26 against the Mosinee Papermakers and then Madison Blues. The team returns home on Feb. 1 and 2.
- Scoresheet from Wolverines 6-2 win over Fond du Lac Bears
- Scoresheet from Wolverines 9-5 win over West Bend Bombers