TRAVERSE CITY — Five Traverse City players had multiple-goal games as the Hounds routed the Berkley Bruins 12-3 in a Midwest Junior Hockey League game Friday night at Centre ICE.
Jake Gillis scored the game’s final two goals to complete a hat trick, and Vaughn Clouston, Alex DeVries, Tyler Thirlby and Scott Luca each had two goals.
With 120 fans looking on, the Hounds lit the lamp once for every 10 in attendance.
Clouston scored just 1:04 into the game, tucking a shot inside the right post. DeVries made it 2-0 with a one-timer off a Kevin Miloser pass across the slot 7:35 in for a 2-0 lead that would hold up until the first intermission.
The Bruins (7-25-0-1) tried to make a game of it when Tim Muhsman made it 2-1 on a rebound just 1:28 into the second.
But first-place Traverse City (28-4-1-2) would pepper ex-Hounds goalie Hunter Myers in the period, going from a 20-10 advantage in shots on goal to a 33-11 bulge in short order, capped by DeVries’ second goal.
Then the scoring binge was on.
Luca ripped a wrister off the crossbar for a short-handed tally, Clouston’s second came just after that penalty expired and Myers was pulled after Thirlby’s one-timer on a 2-on-1 rush made it 6-1 just 5:50 into the second.
Backup goalie Brandon Bawol would give up a goal on the first shot he faced from Miloser and Gillis’ first goal — in which he came from behind the net, circled around through the defense and let loose a top-shelf wrister — made it 8-1. The Bruins would add an Alex Anderson goal in the period’s final minute off an assist from ex-Hound forward Adam Jonak.
The third period would see Berkley score first on another Anderson goal, but Traverse City answered with Luca’s 20th of the year, Thirlby’s 15th and two more by Gillis, giving him a hat trick and 33 goals for the season.
Berkley was 0 for 5 on the power play in a game that was physical but had only 16 minutes of penalties.
With six games left and the Hounds owning a 10-point lead over Sault Ste. Marie, the game likely meant little overall. The league’s four playoff spots are already locked up, and last-place Berkley isn’t among that quartet.
The game, which was delayed twice — once when a referee’s whistle wasn’t working and again when two teenagers snuck into the press box, started encouraging players to get in fights and were asked to leave — featured 92 shots on goal, 67 of which were off the Hounds’ sticks.