|Updated 12:40 a.m., BGHS hockey loses to Northview in district semifinals (2-22-14)|
|Written by Kevin Gordon Sentinel Assistant Sports Editor|
|Sunday, 23 February 2014 00:08|
The Bobcats didn’t play well en route to a 3-0 loss to Northview in the semifinals of the district high school hockey playoffs at Tam-O-Shanter. PHOTO GALLERY
David Marsh made 18 saves, and Jacob Koback, Josh Koback and Cody Estrel each had one goal and one assist for Northview.
The Wildcats played well from start to finish to advance to the district finals next Saturday where they’ll face second-ranked Toledo St. John’s at 7:30 p.m.
BG, ranked ninth in the final state coaches poll, finished 19-10-1 overall after seeing its nine-game winning streak ended.
Northview (14-13-1) received votes in the final poll.
All three Northview goals — two in the first period and one in the second period — resulted from defensive-zone turnovers by the Bobcats
BG also failed to generate any sustained pressure offensively and had only a handful of quality scoring chances.
“We didn’t bring it like we needed to,” BG coach Dan DeWitt said. “Northview played up to their potential tonight.”
BG — with just four seniors — was playing in its first big game of the season.
The Bobcats also were playing with higher expectations and the state ranking.
“We played like that the first period,” DeWitt said when asked if his team was nervous. “Northview’s experience playing in games like this paid off.”
The Wildcats, who have 10 seniors, lost in the state championship game last season after winning the state title in 2012.
Northview was the No. 2 seed for the district, while BG was the No. 4 seed.
“You can only say so much and only do so many things, trying to get the players to understand they just have to play like they have been playing and play like they’re capable of playing,” DeWitt said. “It’s an adjustment.”
The Wildcats built their 2-0 lead on goals from Josh Koback at 2:22 and Jacob Koback at 10:05.
Josh Koback scored with the teams 4-on-4. The goal came after BG’s clearing attempt from behind the net took a strange bounce after hitting the door where Northview comes onto the ice.
The puck wound up in front of the BG net, resulting in the goal.
Jacob Koback intercepted a BG pass just inside the blueline and quickly scored from the center point to make it 2-0 at 10:05.
“The first period, we didn’t come out firing like we should have,” DeWitt said.
Estrel increased the lead to 3-0 with a short-handed goal at 10:38 of the second period. He poked in the rebound of his own breakaway attempt.
In addition to giving up the short-handed goal, the BG power play was 0-of-5.
“Our kids were trying to do too much on the power play. It wasn’t a lack of effort,” DeWitt said. “It was a case of trying to do much on their own, instead of taking what they were giving us.”
Whether it was 5-on-5 or against the BG power play, the Wildcats packed their defense around the net and did an excellent job of blocking shots.
Northview played much of the game in BG’s defensive zone, although it only held a 19-18 edge in shots.
The Bobcats’ 19 wins were their most since 2007 season when they 19-9, and the winning record was the team’s first since 2009. BG also finished second in the Northwest Hockey Conference Red Division.
“We had a great season,” DeWitt said. “It’s a sour way to finish, but we have a lot of positives to take out of the season. But we don’t want to be satisfied with this season. Our goal next season has to be go further.”
NORTHVIEW 3, BGHS 0
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