BROOKLYN — There wasn’t much suspense Monday night in Midview’s Brooklyn district hockey tournament opener against Bay, but that was just fine with the Middies.
Midview came out early and took care of business, scoring four goals in the first period and four more in the second for an 8-0 win at the Brooklyn Recreation Center.
Senior forward Jeffrey Mullins scored two goals and added an assist and junior defender Bryan Weaver had three assists for Midview, which outshot the Rockets 45-14.
“We came out knowing we had an advantage over this team because we’re in a higher division, so we just kind of stuck with the basics,” Mullins said.
“We were excited for this game because it’s a good atmosphere. You can really hear everybody. It motivates the team and it’s a lot of fun.”
The Middies (10-8-3) move on to meet Westlake in the next round Saturday afternoon.
Forward Cody Gochnour got Midview on the board at the 5:57 mark of the first period with an assist from Weaver.
It only took 24 seconds for the Middies to make it 2-0 on an unassisted goal by Nicholas Verlotti. Mullins and senior defenseman Heath Naso also added first-period goals.
“It’s always tough in these games,” Middies coach Rick Verlotti said of his Red South Division team drawing the lower, White Division Rockets in their opener. “Any time you’re in this type of situation it’s a difficult game. We’ve been in the reverse end just as much as we’ve been on this end. These are games you don’t like to play. It is what it is. It’s the state tournament. This is how they have it set up and you’re going to get games like this.”
Midview picked up right where it left off to start the second period with Issac Vince, Paul Saylor and Mullins all scoring goals in the first three minutes.
Mullins’ second goal of the night, at the 2:48 mark, made the score 6-0 and invoked the running clock rule.
Robby Rodgers scored the final Midview goal in the closing seconds of the second period.
“We were just trying to keep our heads in the game and stay focused,” Mullins said. “No matter what the score is you gotta keep going hard like it’s 0-0.”
The Rockets (9-12-1), who had played only one Red Division team all season, picked up their defensive intensity late in the second period and into the third to keep Midview’s lead in single digits and prevent the 10-goal mercy rule from going into effect.
“We talked about that in locker room,” Bay coach Ian Skacan said. “If we get down 10 goals we’re done, so let’s buckle down and show everybody what kind of program and organization we have and keep battling. Being down 8-0 is never any fun but for our seniors I’m proud of how they finished up their career at Bay. For our returning players, they showed we have some players who are willing to work and get dirty and not give up. Those are the types of things you want to see trying to build a program.”
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Midview 8, Bay 0
FIRST PERIOD: (M) Cody Gochnour (Bryan Weaver) 5:57, (M) Nicholas Verlotti (unassisted) 6:21, (M) Heath Naso (Jeffrey Mullins, Robby Rodgers) (power play) 10:35, (M) Mullins (Weaver) 14:50. PENALTIES: (B) Collin Drake (tripping) 9:44, (M) Jonathan Rodgers (high stick) 12:27.
SECOND PERIOD: (M) Issac Vince (Verlotti) :49; (M) Mullins (Evan Vince) 2:48, (M) Paul Saylor (Weaver) 3:48, (M) R. Rodgers (Kevin Laux) 14:34. PENALTIES: (M) Naso (delay of game) 6:13, (B) Drake (head contact) 10:40, (M) Mullins (hooking) 12:57, Naso (unsportsmanlike conduct) 12:57.
THIRD PERIOD: PENALTIES: (M) Verlotti (unsportsmanlike conduct) 2:48, (B) Jackson Pohlkamp (slash) 5:47; (B) Drake (interference) 8:22, (M) Laux (high sticking) 14:05, (M) Naso (cross checking) 15:00.
Bay 0 0 — 0
Midview 4 0 — 8
Shots on goal: Bay 14 (2-7-5), Midview 45 (22-17-6). Goalies: (B) Sean Gulley (45 shots, 37 saves), (M) Zach Seel (14 shots, 14 saves). Power-play opportunities: Bay 0-5, Midview 1-4.