Kero backstopping BCHL’s Centennials

HOUGHTON – He’s had to go a long way to do it, but Hancock native Devin Kero is off to a solid start in the British Columbia Hockey League with the Merritt Centennials.

After a rough campaign on an underachieving Coulee Region team in the North American Hockey League last season, Kero has significantly improved his numbers with the Cents, posting a goals-against average of just 2.01 and a save percentage of .929 in six appearances with a 2-4-0 record.

Kero, a 19-year-old, had his first BCHL shutout Sept. 17 when the Cents blanked the Trail Smoke Eaters 5-0.

Merritt, at 6-5-0 overall, is back in action tonight at home against the Prince George Spruce Kings.

Calumet’s Ben Johnson recorded the second hat trick of his Ontario Hockey League career in a 5-1 Windsor Spitfires win over the Plymouth Whalers.

The other three-goal night for the third-year Major Junior player came Jan. 4 at Sarnia.

Johnson has five goals in five regular-season games for the Spitfires, who are 3-3-0 overall. Windsor plays at home against Belleville tonight.

Calumet’s Brendan Jacques is suiting up this season for the Springfield (Mo.) Jr. Blues in the NAHL. Jacques has a pair of goals in seven games, getting his first career tally in a 2-1 defeat to Minot Sept. 20 and scoring again Sept. 28 at Topeka.

The Jr. Blues are 4-3-1 in eight games, good for third of six in the NAHL’s North Division.

Joining him in the North is another player from Calumet, Jesse Junttila. The defenseman, acquired by the Janesville (Wis.) Jets after a season with the Kalamazoo Jr. K-Wings, picked up his first point of the season, an assist, in a 5-2 home win vs. Michigan (Flint) Saturday.

On the football field, L’Anse’s Cody Dingeldey has participated in all five games this season for Ferris State. A sophomore offensive lineman, Dingeldey appeared in six games as a reserve in 2012 after redshirting in 2011.

Tim Dunstan of Dollar Bay led the cross country team at the College of St. Scholastica at Friday’s Blugold Invitational in Eau Claire, Wis.

Dunstan, in his second season of cross country, finished in 28 minutes, 46 seconds for 142nd of 179 collegiate runners.

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