NEGAUNEE - Though they tied the score several times, Negaunee couldn't hold off a barrage by Kingsford and fell 7-3 in a high school hockey game played Thursday night at the Negaunee Ice Arena.
Miners senior forward Alex Ledford twice tied the score with goals in each of the first two periods. However, the Flivvers reeled off four goals in a nine-minute stretch spanning the second and third periods to take control for good.
"It's not the result we want, but you can see we're getting better," Negaunee coach Eric Hill said, adding that the Miners lost 9-1 in a mercy rule-shortened game the previous time the teams met in December.
"To come out and play as well as we did, I can see how our guys have been working hard. We can follow the leadership of guys like Alex Ledford; jump on their backs and see how much more we can improve.
"Ledford was the hardest worker in the game."
After Kingsford's Tony Ward scored on a power play less than two minutes into the game and Ledford answered about eight minutes later, racing for a loose puck that he put up high for an unassisted goal, according to Hill.
Reid Pietila gave the Flivvers a 2-1 lead about six minutes into the second period before Ledford again answered, this time on a power play, about 5 1/2 minutes later. He made another shot above the goalie's pads on a pass from sophomore Ryan Syrjala.
Negaunee (3-14) got its final goal with just over seven minutes left when senior Nate Clisch picked up a loose puck and fired it home from the high slot area. Sophomore Michael Farley was credited with an assist.
Sophomore goalie Anthony Moyle made 38 saves for Negaunee, including 15 in the first period and 17 in the second.