Slumping Ely in scoring drought

by Tom Coombe
The Ely Timberwolves are in need of an offensive jolt.
In their last seven games, all defeats, Ely hasn’t scored more than one goal in any contest and was shutout in three.
Tuesday, Section 7A contender Greenway came to the Ely Arena and ran roughshod over the high school hockey team in a 9-1 rout that included a whopping 48-4 disparity in shots on goal.
The Wolves were also blanked 6-0 at Lake of the Woods on Jan. 14.
Ely, now 2-12, faced Ashland (Wisc.) on the road on Friday and follows up with a home rematch against the Oredockers on Monday night at 6 p.m.
If the Wolves are to return to early-season form, which included a pair of wins and a slew of competitive defeats, they’ll need more firepower.
Junior Kole Macho, the Wolves’ leading scorer, had Ely’s only goal against Greenway.
It was a third-period tally assisted by Jace Huntbatch and Deegan Richards and came only after the Wolves had fallen behind 6-0.
Greenway outshot the Wolves 17-1 in the opening period and peppered senior goalie Chase Sandberg throughout the night.
Sandberg finished with 39 saves.
Jace Kammieux had a goal and two assists for the winners and nine different players scored goals for the Raiders.
• Jack Wood had the hat trick as Lake of the Woods cruised 6-0 at Baudette, completing a regular-season sweep of the visiting Wolves.
Stevie Harris, Randy Wood and Kajen Krause all added goals for the winners, who improved to 5-8 for the season.
Sandberg finished with 55 saves for the Wolves, who were outshot 61-11.
• Ely hosts Duluth Marshall at 6 p.m. Thursday and follows up with a Jan. 29 home date against Bagley, with a 2 p.m. opening faceoff.