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Fortner hat trick lifts Flivvers

Ron Deuter/Daily News photo KINGSFORD’S REECE FORTNER (4) flicks a shot past Ashland goalie Zach Morris for a score during Saturday’s hockey game at Mountain View Ice Arena.

IRON MOUNTAIN — On Saturday afternoon, the Kingsford Flivvers Hockey team welcomed the Ashland Oredockers to Mountain View Ice Arena for a non-conference game. Behind three goals and two assists from senior Reece Fortner, the Flivvers defeated Ashland 5-2.

“The boys had a good work ethic today, with a high compete level again like Thursday night and our game tempo was good today as well,” said Flivvers head coach Greg Wadge, who noted that the team will have it’s full roster back for their next game.

Just over five minutes into the game, Fortner scored the first goal of his hat trick to give the Flivvers a 1-0 lead. The goal was a power-play goal, which the Flivvers had three of on the afternoon. Kingsford led the shots on goal in the period 8-5.

Less than three minutes into the second period, Fornter scored his second goal of the game, also a power-play tally, to put the Flivvers ahead 2-0. After an Oredockers slashing penalty which put Kingsford on a power play, 10 seconds later, Fortner scored his third goal of the game.

Ashland got on the scoreboard a couple of minutes later when sophomore forward Cody Lustig scored to trim the Flivvers lead to 3-1. About a minute and a half later, Flivvers senior Trey Bociek scored his first of two goals in the period, to extend the Flivvers lead to 4-1.

Ron Deuter/Daily News photo SKATERS FROM THe Dickinson Amateur Hockey Association retrieve teddy bears that were tossed on the ice after the Flivvers’ first goal Saturday. Sponsored by First National Bank & Trust, the third-annual event collects new stuffed animals to donate to local area emergency responders, charities and crisis centers.

Bociek, a West Iron County student, scored the second of his aforementioned second period goals with less than two minutes left in the period to put the home team ahead 5-1. The Flivvers had 13 shots on goal in the period to Ashland’s 11.

“The game got a little physical today, especially in the third period,” Wadge said. “The boys kept their cool, and I am proud of them for that.”

The Oredockers junior Colin Trautt added a goal near the end of the third period.

The Flivvers ended the contest with 30 shots on goal, to Ashland’s 27. Kingsford Goalie Evan Hedtke, a Forest Park High School senior, had 28 saves on the afternoon. Wadge noted Hedtke’s excellent net performance.

“We do need to work on moving the puck a little quicker off of defense, but other than that, a very solid effort from the boys this afternoon,” said Wadge.

Kingsford, now 2-2 on the season, heads to Houghton Tuesday night for a Great Lakes Hockey Conference matchup. The Flivvers are then off until traveling to Negaunee on Monday, Dec. 16.

Ashland 0 1 1 — 2

Kingsford 1 4 0 — 5

First Period

K – Reece Fortner (Brennan Phillips), PP, 12:41.

Second Period

K – Reece Fortner (Colin Watkins), PP, 14:46.

K – Reece Fortner (Trey Bociek, Davis Juul), PP, 9:49.

A – Cody Lustig (Kellen Trautt, Brayden Bender), 7:39.

K – Bociek (Reece Fortner, Tyler Bengston), 6:08.

K – Bociek (Reece Fortner, Bengston), 1:55.

Third Period

A – Colin Trautt (Dean Karr), 1:27.

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