FLINT — Scoring early and often the Mountain Cats got a much needed pair of wins this past weekend against the Indianapolis Inferno in Great Lakes Junior Hockey League action.
On Sunday, the Mountain Cats put on a scoring clinic including five consecutive goals in the second period to claim a 9-6 victory over the Inferno in a game that would see a pair of hat tricks between the two teams.
Indianapolis got on the board first when Bradley Voice scored on a penalty shot at 20:00. That lead would hold for only 3:33 when league scoring leader Cameron Dimmitt got on his way to his hat trick scoring a power-play goal assisted by Zachary Collins and David Salazar. Voice scored 16 seconds later, this time with help from Ryan Gann and Michael Gillen. The Cats evened the score at 4:31 when Collins found the net assisted by Dimmitt and Salazar.
The back-and-forth effort continued at 7:25 when Cory Keske lit the lamp for Indianapolis off a pass from Vincent Walker to take the 3-2 lead. The Mountain Cats found the net twice in the next six minutes to go back on top however, with Kade Morrison scoring first from Dimmitt and Kyle Parker at 10:51, then Dimmitt scored his second goal at 13:15 from Morrison and Parker to give the Cats a 4-3 lead.
A pair of goals that took place in the span of 29 seconds gave the Inferno a lead going into the second period though, with Daniel Wood scoring from Walker and Alden Kazmierczak at 16:27 and then Elliot Holmstrom found the back of the net from Keske at 16:56.
That is when the scoring explosion would commence from the Mountain Cats, kicked off by Jonathon Arms 5:07 into the second from Parker and Salazar. Dalton Hammond scored with help from Collins and Cole Helsler at 11:08 to take a lead that would not be given up. Anthony Gustanski scored at 12:36 assisted by Kyle Barden and Alec Olsen and Dimmitt got his hat-trick goal at 16:59, this time from Hammond and Salazar. The scoring for the Mountain Cats was capped by Jonathon Arms at 19:27 of the second off a pass from Parker.
In the third, Indianapolis added a worthless goal from Bradley Voice from Alessandro Garcia at 16:21. Shots for the game were 35-26 in favor of the Mountain Cats, who were backstopped by Charles Rushlow with 20 saves on 26 shots. The Inferno netminder was Travus McDonald, who had 26 saves on 35 shots. The Mountain Cats improve to 9-18.
On Friday, the Mountain Cats began their sweep of the Inferno with a 5-2 win at Ice Mountain Arena. Dimmitt lit the lamp in the first period for a 1-0 lead off a pass from Collins and Salazar at 16:38. Salazar scored in the second period on a power-play goal at 15:32 when a pass from Morrison and Olsen found his stick for the 2-0 lead. Arms then padded that lead at 16:23 assisted by Barden and Robert Martin.
Indianapolis finally got into the scoring at 17:55 of the second when Kazmierczak found the net from Tyler Slazas. But a pair of goals from Collins gave the Mountain Cats a commanding 5-1 lead, the first at 6:53 of the third from Salazar and Dimmitt, and the second at 10:42 from Hammond and Dimmitt.
The Inferno’s Holmstrom ended the scoring when he scored a power-play goal at 15:20 of the final period assisted by Kazmierczak and Garcia to take the game to 5-2. Shots once again were in favor of the Mountain Cats at 37-29, with Rushlow getting the win with 27 saves on 29 shots. Indianapolis’ Jiri Aberle got the loss with 32 saves on 37 shots.
The Mountain Cats will host St. Louis at Ice Mountain Arena on Friday at 8 p.m. before traveling to Bay City Saturday and Sunday for a pair of games against the 2-29 Tri- City Icehawks.