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Loss to Amery dampens Somerset's hopes for MBC hockey title

Somerset junior Adam Marty (7) has alternated between forward and defense for the Spartans this season.

A sweep in their Middle Border Conference games could have gotten the Somerset hockey team back in contention for an MBC title.

The Spartans got the first half of the mission completed, beating Baldwin-Woodville 4-0 last Tuesday in Somerset. The Spartans couldn't finish the second half of the job, however. They lost at Amery 2-0 on Thursday, leaving the Spartans in fourth place with a 1-2-1 conference record.

Despite the loss, the Spartans felt they did the right things to put themselves in a position to succeed. They outshot Amery 24-21.

"It's pretty frustrating to completely dominate a team and lose 2-0," said Somerset coach Dan Gilkerson. "For probably 75 percent of the game we had the puck."

Amery scored the game's first goal late in the second period on a semi-breakaway. The Warriors notched their second goal with two minutes left in the game on an excellent move by Jake Mullendore, who tucked a back-hander into a small space.

Gilkerson said the Spartans hit the pipe around the goal six times with shots and missed scoring off several breakaways.

In Tuesday's win over B-W, the Spartans weren't at their peak, but they were still able to get the shutout. The Spartans produced 12 shots in the first period, but couldn't get a goal. They upped their output considerably in the second period, putting 23 shots on net and scoring three times. They had 24 shots in the fourth quarter while tallying their final goal.

Reed Baillargeon scored the Spartans' first goal, 1:27 into the second period. Adam Marty and Reed Kelly scored late in the period. Aaron Moore scored the only goal of the third period.

Next up for the Spartans is a pair of non-conference games. The Spartans will skate at Spooner on Thursday. They return to their home ice next Tuesday to face Barron.