ESCANABA - Sophomore forward Ryan Syrjala picked up both a hat trick and a playmaker to lead Negaunee to a 11-3 thumping of Monroe, Wis., at the Dick Johnson Memorial Tournament Saturday.
The youthful Miners were playing in the consolation game of this high school hockey tournament in Escanaba a day after losing to Jeffers 8-0 in the event's opening round.
Syrjala had a hand in a majority of the goals by Negaunee, now 2-9, as he recorded three goals and three assists.
Four other Miners, all freshmen and sophomores, also had multi-point games - sophomore Cole Francis had two goals and an assist, while sophomore Michael Farley had two goals, freshman Jeffrey Matthews a goal and an assist, and sophomore Eric Farley two assists.
In addition, one of the two sophomore goalies on the NHS roster, Anthony Moyle, made 32 saves, including 15 in the third period when he allowed just one goal.
"It was nice to see some of our guys get on the scoresheet," Negaunee coach Eric Hill said about 10 Miners notching at least one point. "The guys had a nose for the net today.
"But the difference in this game was the goaltending."
Moyle helped the game end on the eight-goal mercy rule with 1:08 left in the third period despite Negaunee being outshot 35-34.
The coach also said Syrjala set the tone for the game, following Michael Farley's early opening goal with two more goals in the first period and an assist on another 30 seconds into the second period that gave Negaunee a 4-0 lead.
Though the Wisconsin team picked up two goals in the second, the Miners got four in that frame to take a 7-2 advantage into the second intermission.
Negaunee gets back to action against Escanaba on Friday at the Jeffers New Year's Showcase.