Wolves use turnovers to rout Grizzlies
TRAVERSE CITY — The Traverse City Wolves picked off six passes — four which were returned for touchdowns — in a 42-14 rout over the Michigan Grizzlies on Saturday at Thirlby Field.
Three of the Wolves’ pick-sixes came in the third quarter as they outscored the Grizzlies 21-0 in that quarter. Traverse City set a team-record with seven turnovers. The interception returns and interceptions also were team records. Maurice Sims had a 45-yard interception return in the first half that gave the Wolves a 14-7 lead, while in the third quarter Matt Ohlert (25 yards), Cody Russell (29) and Alvin Sitkiewicz (86) all returned turnovers into quick scores.
Traverse City’s other scores came on passes from Jonathan Craven. The Wolves first score, early in the first quarter, came on a 32-yard strike to Russell. Right before the half Craven found Emilio Bocardo from 28 yards out.
The Grizzles (3-6) outgained the Wolves 367-235 but couldn’t overcome the turnover bug.
The win clinches a playoff berth for the Wolves (5-4), who complete the regular season on Saturday at Muskegon.
Hounds bring back veteran forward
TRAVERSE CITY — Last season with the Hartland Hounds, forward Ethan Doyle averaged nearly a point per game with 29 points in 30 games.
This upcoming season with the Traverse City Hounds, Doyle is preparing himself for his second season in the Midwest Junior Hockey League and his first away from home.
“I needed a home for the upcoming season and to be honest, I wasn’t sure if I was going to play hockey this year,” said Doyle. “I played with the Hounds all last year and I couldn’t live without playing. Last year definitely wasn’t my best year, but it made me realize I need to work a lot harder this year if I want to be a top-line guy. Hopefully, I can produce some offense and have a bigger role than last year, also some leadership since I’m a returning player from last year.”