WAYNE, MI - The Hartland Hounds scored three goals in an 84-second span early in the second period and that was all the momentum they needed Saturday night in a 5-3 win over the Michigan Ice Dogs at the Wayne Community Center.
After Ashton Guy gave the Ice Dogs a 1-0 lead midway through the first period, Thomas Kerr (4:06), Scott Augustyn (4:25) and Alex Grizzel (5:30) put the Hounds up 3-1 in the second.
"Those three goals were momentum changers, no doubt," said Hartland forward Jared Vincek. "After that, we controlled the play 100 percent, even when we were in the box. Coming out of the two-week break, I thought we grinded out this week's practices, but we shook off the rust in the first period and went back to business."
Cam Miglia (two assists) and Vincek scored later in the period after Alex Stewart replied for the Ice Dogs.
Corey Suba rounded out the scoring for Michigan with an early third-period goal.
"It was important to start the new year off correctly by continuing the win streak," said Hounds' goalie Andrew Brownlee, who made 26 saves. "It was also good to get the win with people out with injuries. We got it going in the second and got ahead and then just held them off and finished it out."
Andrew Freeman finished with 12 saves for the Ice Dogs and Hunter Ledgerwood added two assists.
The Hounds (33-0-0-0) play the Ice Dogs again on the road next Wednesday, Jan. 9. Game time is 7:50 p.m.