The Pioneer hockey team raced out to a 3-0 lead over Ann Arbor Huron in the consolation game of the Dan Jilek Tournament on Friday and coasted to an easy 8-1 win.
Gaiden Heatley paced the Pioneers with three goals and an assist while Wyatt Bullinger followed close behind with two goals and two assists.
Pioneer skaters were dominant offensively throughout the contest, peppering Huron net-minder Ethan St. Pierre with 19 shots in the first period, 21 in the second period, and 22 in the third period. The out-manned River Rats mustered just 14 shots in the game.
Junior Will Downer accounted for Huron’s lone goal late in the second period, but by that time Pioneer had already taken a commanding 4-1 lead and the outcome was all but assured.
Any thoughts the Rats may have had about mounting a comeback were quickly extinguished when junior defenseman Nolan Dresch scored an unassisted goal that extended Pioneer’s lead to 5-1 less than a minute into the third period.
Huron players were sent to the penalty box three times and Pioneer’s special teams exacted a heavy price, converting on two of three power-play opportunities.
Pioneer returns to regular-season play on Wednesday (Jan. 10) when they host Dearborn at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube. Game time is 7:30 p.m.