FARMINGTON HILLS — The toughest assignment the Traverse City Hounds faced Sunday might have been making it back home.
Scott Luca scored three goals and Adam Jonak and Kevin Hansen two apiece as the Hounds whipped the Michigan Ice Dogs 11-1 to sweep a three-game weekend series.
The team then had to travel back in a storm that's socked downstate communities.
"It's brutal," coach Scott Gardiner said Sunday evening. "We just went through West Branch and it's still bad."
Gardiner had just good things to say about his team, though, after Sunday's impressive win. Traverse City led 2-0 after the first period, 7-0 after the second. The victory boosted Traverse City's record to 22-3 in the Midwest Junior Hockey League. The first-place Hounds lead the league by 16 points.
"First weekend back (since the holiday break) so it was nice to get those wins," Gardiner said. "Next weekend will be tough against Alpena. Its'a big series for us because we're trying to put as much distance as possible between us and the other teams."
The league's regular season champion and post-season champion automatically qualify for the national tournament in Las Vegas.
Tyler Thirlby notched a goal and two assists Sunday. Jacob Gillis and Alex DeVries each had a goal and an assist, while Matt Passino picked up a goal, Zach Early and Bobby Schumacher notched two assists apiece. Hunter Myers stopped 21 shots in goal.