— Ineffectiveness on the power play did in the Mountain Cats as they went 0-for-8 against the Michigan Ice Dogs at Ice Mountain Arena on Sunday, as the Cats fell 2-1 in a Great Lakes Junior Hockey League matchup.
The Ice Dogs found the net first when Jacob Sniffen lit the lamp at the 16:39 mark off an assist from Aaron Hagerty to take the early lead, but it took less than two minutes for the Mountain Cats to even the game when Zachary Collins tallied his 20th goal of the season off of a pass from Brendan Olsen by way of David Salazar at 18:14 to knot the score at one.
The second period was a scoreless draw, as both team’s netminders turned away everything that they faced, with Eric Mayteh of the Ice Dogs stopping all six shots he faced on his way to 18 saves on the night. Anthony Munoz of the Mountain Cats deflected four shots in the period on his way to a 21-save performance.
The game winner came off the stick of Glenn Rutledge of the Ice Dogs 7:57 into the third period with Jaymes Kastley and Justin Kaput assisting.
The Mountain Cats put 19 shots on goal for the night, while going 0-for-8 on the power play, while the Ice Dogs pounded the Mountain Cats with 23 shots on net, but were 0-for-4 on the power play.
The Mountain Cats will travel to Wooster for a three-game series Friday, Saturday and Sunday.