CADILLAC — The hole was much too deep to dig out of.

The even tougher news to take? They pretty much dug that hole themselves.

Cadillac got down 3-0 to Cheboygan and eventually made things interesting before dropping a 4-3 contest to the Chiefs in a non-conference hockey contest Wednesday at the Wexford Civic Arena.

Cheboygan scored just 43 seconds into the game, again five minutes later and then went up 3-0 with 6:13 to go in the first period.

“We got off to a slow start and just dug ourselves a deep hole,” Cadillac coach Scott Graham said. “You can’t spot the other team three goals.

“Trying to play from behind is tough and while we got better as the game went on, they were more tenacious than us.”

Cadillac finally got things moving with about five minutes left in the first period and got on the board with 2:42 to go when Mitch House scored off assists from Logan Tuck and Gabe Outman.

House scored again with 1:00 to go off an assist from Outman to make it 3-2.

“We finally got moving and we carried the play in the second and most of the third period but we were down too far early,” Graham added.

Cheboygan went up 4-2 three minutes into the second period before the Vikings cut it back to 4-3 on a goal by Bjorn Tracy off an assist from House with 3:10 remaining.

The Chiefs outshot the VIkings 25-23 with Nick Brandsma making 21 saves for Cadillac.

The Vikings (3-3 overall) open Big North Conference play Friday at Traverse City Central.

FIFE LAKE — Heritage Christian scored a 47-40 win over Forest Area to open its season.

Malia Husted paced the Patriots with 19 points while Regan Farmer scored 17 and Lilly Bigger had 11.

Heritage Christian is at Brethren today. | 775-NEWS (6397)