LAS VEGAS — Traverse City closed out the UHU national tournament with a flurry, rallying with five third-period goals to knock off the Jersey Shore Wildcats 6-3.
Things didn’t look as rosy in the first two periods. The Hounds did take a 1-0 lead on Kenny Simmons’ first of two goals, set up by Matt Passino and Austin Flores, but in the second, Jersey Shore’s Austin Crane scored twice — the second time 15 seconds into a power play — to take a 2-1 lead into the final period.
Back-to-back scored by Jake Gillis — the first 46 ticks into the period and another 4:28 in — put the Hounds back in the lead before Andreas Radin’s power-play goal knotted things back up.
Simmons, Premsyl Synek and Passino tacked on unanswered goals, with Passino’s short-handed marker with 1:32 remaining putting the icing on the cake.
Vladislav Graevski stopped 25 of 28 shots.
Traverse City narrowly outshot the Wildcats through two periods, 25-21, but held a commanding 15-7 advantage in the final stanza.
The Hounds finish the tournament 1-2 and won’t advance to the AAU national championship semifinals.