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Junior hockey: Ice Hawks toppled by Granite City

Sep 25, 2016

The Rochester Ice Hawks notched their first goal of the season on Saturday, but couldn’t break into the win column in an 8-1 North American 3 Hockey League loss to the Granite City Lumberjacks at the Rochester Recreation Center.

Matthew Bembenek scored on a power play at 12:15 of the second period for the Ice Hawks, pulling them within 2-1 at the time. Sam Bjellum and Charles Bill assisted on the goal.

Granite City (3-0-0 overall) scored five minutes later to extend its lead to 3-1, then added five more in the third period.

Drew Schenkenberg started in goal for Rochester (0-4-0 overall) and made 44 saves on the 49 shots he faced. Tyler Thompson stopped six of nine shots over the final 9:45 of the game.

The Ice Hawks have a three-game homestand against St. Louis this weekend, with games at 7:05 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Rec Center, and a 1 p.m. game on Sunday.