The Knights of Walled Lake Northern (2-13-1) avenged a December overtime loss to the Mavericks (9-8) with a 4-2 victory Wednesday night at Lakeland.
The Mavs had plenty of chances and finished with 34 shots on net, in addition to the 12 errant shot attempts that sailed well over the crossbar and bounced harmlessly off of the plexiglass behind Northern keeper Jonah Stern, who was called into action when starting goalie Brady Arens was hit with the flu bug during warmups.
Northern's Tyler Skiles got the skunk out of the box just two and half minutes in to give the Knights the early lead before Milford's leading scorer Austin Combs evened it with 2:48 left in the first on a power play goal with help from Pierce Ashcroft and Kazuma Bowring.
The second period was scoreless despite both teams generating quality chances, with Milford's Tyler Kerr and Northern's Skiles both making huge saves to keep it at one after two periods.
The Knights' Michael O'Connor gave Northern the lead at 9:40 of the third, before the Mavs' Ben Kozar knotted it at two with a solo effort with 5:48 to go. Skiles struck again just 37 second later, which turned out to be the game winner, with an assist to O'Connor, who flung in an empty netter with 37 seconds to go for his second goal to complete the scoring.
"They were ready to play and we weren't. Too many guys worried about individual stats and not what really matters. We were outcoached, outworked and outtoughed. Hats off to Coach Sorrels and the Knights. They're far better than their record and deserved the win tonight," whispered a majorly disappointed Coach Gagnon.
Milford hosts league foe Walled Lake Western Thursday night 7PM at Hartland.