2017-10-19 / Sports

Elks escape Northport in overtime


BRETT DYER fires a shot at the keeper during a 4-3 overtime loss to visiting Elk Rapids in the first round of the district tournament on Monday. 
Photo: Ron Kramer BRETT DYER fires a shot at the keeper during a 4-3 overtime loss to visiting Elk Rapids in the first round of the district tournament on Monday. Photo: Ron Kramer Senior striker Brett Dyer did all he could to lead North Bay to an upset no one saw coming — and he came close.

Dyer delivered a pair of goals Monday in a district quarterfinal clash with No. 9 Elk Rapids in Northport, including a second-half tally that gave his team a 3-1 lead, but it wasn’t enough. The Elks rallied for three straight goals and walked away with a 4-3 overtime win.

“I thought we had it,” said Dyer, who closed out his season with 35 goals and 11 assists. “I wasn’t expecting us to take that big of a lead, but we made a couple mistakes and they were right back in it.

“I give Elk Rapids a lot of credit. They’re a good team, they have talent and they worked hard for it. I can’t take that away from them.”

Ethan Pino broke a 1-1 tie in the second half, scoring his ninth goal of the season on a penalty kick.

Then, with about 30 minutes to play, Dyer took a throw-in from Navneet Dhami, dribbled past one Elk Rapids defender, faked out another and found twine with a left-footed rocket.

“They kept their heads up right from when I scored that third goal,” Dyer said. “They were yelling, trying to keep themselves fired up.”

Austin Tarsa and Keegan Maleski had assists for North Bay (11-5-4).

Dyer said the performance shows what the team was capable of.

“I think we were a little underrated,” he said. “We didn’t show too well in terms of our record, but I don’t think we got as much credit as we deserved.

“We put up a heck of a fight.”

North Bay, which wrapped up its regular season with a 4-3 win over Glen Lake last Wednesday and a 1-1 tie at Tawas on Friday, will be without the services of nine seniors in 2018: Dyer, Dhami, Pino, Jose Garcia, Jacob Hester, Austin Huck, Austin John, Austin Tarsa, and Andrew Tondreau.


Correction: A previous version of this story referred to Elk Rapids as the reigning district champion. Harbor Springs won the district in 2016.

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