TRAVERSE CITY — David Krejcik stopped all 33 shots he faced, including 16 in the third period alone as the Traverse City Hounds blanked the Detroit Fighting Irish 4-0 on Friday at Centre ICE.
The victory was Traverse City’s first over Detroit after the Fighting Irish swept the Hounds in a three-game weekend series three weeks ago.
For Krejcik, it was his ninth victory of the season and his third shutout.
Four different players scored for the Hounds (13-2-0-2). Patrick Rogowski, Adam Jonak and Kenneth Simmons Jr. each had a goal and an assist. Josh Smith also scored for Traverse City.
With Krejcik holding the Fighting Irish off the scoreboard, Rogowski gave the Hounds all the offense they would ultimately need, scoring a short-handed goal five minutes into the first period. Kevin Hansen and Jonak assisted on the score. Traverse City was 20 seconds away from burning off a boarding penalty by Cam Fisher that left the Hounds one man down, but it didn’t matter as Rogowski found the back of the net.
The game remained 1-0 until midway through the second period when Traverse City netted a pair of scores a little over two minutes apart. The first was a goal by Jonak, with assists to Fisher and Rogowski, while the next one was scored by Simmons Jr., with Jacob Gillis and Alex Devries recording the helpers.
Smith completed the scoring 50 seconds into the final period, with Jordan Ruterbusch and Simmons Jr. getting the assists.
Christopher Lewis was the losing goalie, making 26 saves for Detroit (8-6-0-1).
The two teams are back on the ice tonight at 7 p.m. to finish off the two-game set.