Jan. 05--SAULT STE. MARIE -- Sault High hockey will play host to Showcase events every weekend during January.
The Blue Devils will host the St. James Mortgage Showcase this Friday and Saturday at Big Bear Arena.
On Friday at Big Bear, Alpena faces Plymouth at 5 p.m., while Sault High takes on Grosse Pointe North at approximately 7 p.m. On Saturday, Alpena and Grosse Pte. play at 1 and Sault High faces Plymouth at 3.
The Blue Devils come off the holiday break with a 9-2 record and No. 4 ranking in the state in Division 3.
"I've been pleasantly surprised with our start," Sault High coach John Ferroni said. "With the younger players we have, I thought it might take more time for our team to gel. We're building confidence, and we can still get better.
"The month of January brings some very good challenges," Ferroni said. "One of the keys to success so far has been our practices. The kids come to practice very eager to work hard. A lot of that has to do with our challenging schedule. The kids know they have to prepare hard to compete with the teams on our schedule."
Sault High split a pair of games at Marquette last week.
In a 4-1 win over the Redmen, Brenden Krause scored two goals, while Bobby Price and Darren Langendorf had one goal each. Aiden Armstrong, Logan Maki, Tyler Feltis and Price had assists. Ryan Sanderson made 22 saves for Sault High.
In a 3-1 loss, Price scored a goal, assisted by Krause. Sanderson made 20 saves.
Marquette was 0-for-4 on the power play in the second game. Sault High was on the penalty kill eight times in the two-game series while Marquette was not assessed a penalty in either game.
"We spent a lot of time killing penalties in that series," Ferroni said. "Our PK has been very good, and part of that has been due to our improved depth."
Rounding out its January schedule, Sault High will host the Lions Cup Showcase Jan. 13-14, the Cooper Showcase Jan. 20-21, and the Buffalo Wild Wings Showcase on Jan. 27-28. All of the Showcases feature some ranked teams.
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