Lakers start new year, Richmond era at 1-3
It was the only triumph for the Lakers in the four-team tournament they hosted on Saturday.
The Lakers lost to champ Hart 6-0 and Boyne City 2-0 in the 90-degree heat.
On Tuesday, the Lakers also dropped their Northwest Conference opener 6-0 to Traverse City Christian.
First-year head coach Gavin Richmond was not disappointed with the early season effort.
“The weekend was a good run out for us overall,” said Richmond, who is fielding a relatively young squad after replacing Mike Hasselbeck. “Hart and Boyne City presented different problems for us, but it was a good opportunity for us to learn more about the game.”
Riley Scanlon, Charlie Owsley, Spencer White, Reiss Skrocki and Ryan Tondreau all scored goals in the victory.
Both Hart and Boyne City scored early goals while Glen Lake had several good attacks, but couldn’t find the net.
“We are struggling in front of goal somewhat, so we need to be more clinical in the final third to turn our chances into goals,” Richmond said.
Senior keeper Ryan Tondreau helped keep the Lakers in both losses.
“He has worked really hard to get to where he is,” Richmond said. “It’s a tough position, more mentally than physically.
“But he’s our last line of defense and first line of attack, so it’s a crucial role for him”
Against the defending champion Sabres, the Lakers played shorthanded for half the match after Tyler Therrien got a straight red for deliberate handing with six minutes left in the half.
“We never gave up, but we struggled a lot to get any kind of offense going,” Richmond said. “We have lots to work on and the games are coming thick and fast!”
The Lakers hosted Leland yesterday and will return to action at Suttons Bay on Tuesday.