Monthly Archives: January, 2017

RECAP: Stallions Ride 6 Powerplay Goals for 8-3 Victory vs #22 Indiana Tech

0121171933The Western Michigan University Stallions hockey team claimed the I-69 Cup Saturday night, completing the series sweep over #22 Indiana Tech with a 8-3 victory.  Along with Friday’s 4-2 win, the Stallions now hold six consecutive wins over the Warriors.   Despite the lopsided final tally, the game was a competitive one.

The Stallions fell into a 2-0 hole initially.  With 12:55 remaining, Adam Jonak scored for Indiana Tech.  With 10:40 left, he assisted Ryan Attwood to push the Warriors up by two.   But Western Michigan evened the game up by the intermission on two powerplay goals from Brandon Grillo (with 5:27 and 1:39 remaining), who had two first period goals in Friday’s game as well.

With 14:25 to go in the second, Niko Michos put in a powerplay goal to give the Stallions their first lead.   It lasted about ten minutes, as with 5:11 left, Nick Papandrea tied the game at 3-3.   But before the end of the period, Christian Sana’s first
goal of the season with 1:45 remaining put the Stallions ahead into the second break.

Indiana Tech had a golden opportunity at the start of the third period, thanks to a major penalty against Zach Mudge in the final two seconds of the second.   The Stallions killed off the five minutes and another minor shortly after.   With 14:03 on the clock, Matt Shultz added his first goal of the season.   From there, a chippy game led to numerous powerplay chances for Western Michigan.  They scored three powerplay goals, coming from Devin Farkas, Grillo, and Sana, to lead to the lopsided 8-3 final and six total powerplay goals.

For Grillo, it’s back-to-back games with a hat-trick.  After the game, Stallions coach Chris Brassard noted that his line along with Farkas and Mudge was “on fire.”   They’ll need to stay on fire to pull of a big upset Sunday, as the Stallions travel to play 4th ranked Davenport at 8:05 p.m.   With the win, they’re now 13-11-1-1 overall and 3-6-1-0 in Great Lakes Collegiate Hockey League play.   Indiana Tech sits at 13-13-2-1 overall and 7-7-0-0 in league.    The Warriors have a home-and-home up next weekend with #10 UM-Dearborn.

Listen back to Saturday’s broadcast below:

RECAP: Grillo’s Hat-Trick Leads Stallions to 4-2 Win vs #22 Indiana Tech

The Western Michigan Stallions earned a 4-2 win over #22 Indiana Tech Friday evening thanks to a three-goal performance by forward Brandon Grillo and solid goal-tending by Brandon Haase.   Grillo gave the Stallions control right off the bat, scoring 43 seconds into the game with an assist from Devin Farkas and Zach Mudge.   Three minutes later, Mudge fed Grillo, leading to a 2-0 lead which held into the intermission.

The Stallions added to the lead with 15:18 left in the second period on a Niko Michos score, which chased starting goalie Chet Tooker from the net for the Warriors after facing 14 shots.  Zach Larson replaced him and didn’t let any in the rest of the way, allowing Indiana Tech a chance to fight back.

Within the first two minutes of the third period, Nick Papandrea put the Warriors on the board and a few minutes later, Adam Jonak scored on a powerplay to put Indiana Tech back within a goal.   Despite a number of chances, especially in the third period, Stallions goalie Brandon Haase held firm the rest of the way against the Warriors.   He finished with 44 saves on 46 shots.   With a minute remaining, Grillo scored his third of the evening, again assisted by Mudge, to seal the victory.  Grillo now has 12 goals on the year.

Western Michigan has won five consecutive meetings with Indiana Tech, improving to 12-11-1-1 overall and 2-6-1-0 in league play.  The Warriors fall to 13-12-2-1 and 7-6 in GLCHL action.   The Stallions will try to secure the I-69 Cup in Saturday’s rematch scheduled for 8 p.m. from Wings West.   You can listen to the game the Slocum Sports Network.    Listen back to Friday’s game below.

PREVIEW: WMU Stallions Host #22 Indiana Tech in GLCHL Series

hock-1-20Listen Friday and Saturday on the Slocum Sports Network as the Western Michigan Stallions host the Indiana Tech Warriors in a Great Lakes Collegiate Hockey League series.

Both teams gained some ground last weekend in the ACHA computer rankings, inching closer to a top 20 spot for a trip to nationals.   The Stallions moved from 30th to 28th following a 7-2 win over Buffalo and a 4-3 shootout loss to then #18 Colorado State (which counts as a tie for the purposes of the rankings.)   Indiana Tech improved three spots to 22nd despite losing twice to #2 Adrian (5-2 and 4-0).   Overall, the Stallions are 11-11-1-1 with a 1-6-1-0 mark against league opponents.  The Warriors are 13-11-2-1 overall and 7-5 in league play.

Friday and Saturday’s games will be the first time they’ve met this season.  The two meetings last year were won by WMU, 4-3 in overtime and 4-2.     The Stallions and Warriors met four times the previous season with two Stallion wins and two Warrior wins.   WMU has won the last four meetings with the last loss to Indiana Tech coming on the road on January 24, 2015.

Listen to both games on the Slocum Sports Network.   Friday’s contest is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at Wings Stadium with Saturday’s game at 8 p.m from Wings West.

RECAP: Eagles End United’s Unbeaten Season, Wildcats Dull Blades

The Kalamazoo Eagles upset Kalamazoo United Wednesday evening 4-3 to end United’s undefeated season, followed by a 6-4 Mattawan victory over the Southwest Michigan Blades.

In the first game, the Eagles took control quickly, scoring after 1:40 on a James Wressel goal, assisted by Blake Jarrett.   Wressel returned the favor, setting up Jarrett for another goal about five minutes later, giving the Eagles a 2-0 lead that they took into the first break.

United very rapidly tied the game in the second period, as Noel Cavey scored 63 seconds into the period, followed by a Nathan Carr about two minutes later.   Only 63 seconds after Carr’s goal, Cartey Maxey tallied a shorthanded goal for the Eagles, pushing back ahead 3-2.

That score held until the start of the third, where 24 seconds into the period, Quentin Cerruti tied the game once more, thanks to a powerplay goal.   Within the next two minutes, the Eagles again reclaimed the lead, using a David Kiel powerplay goal.  They then held off United for the final 15 minutes to avenge a brutal 9-2 defeat against United back in December.  It puts the Eagles at 2-3-1 in SWMHSHL play and drops United to 5-1 in league play and 12-1-1 overall.

In the second game of the evening, the Mattawan Wildcats topped the Southwest Michigan Blades for the second time this season, winning 6-4.  Early penalties put the Blades behind the eight-ball, setting up a Ben Berkowitz powerplay goal in the first five minutes of play.   Berkowitz scored again during 4-on-4 play a few minutes later, followed by a Jeff Kirkendall powerplay strike not long after, for a 3-0 Mattawan lead at the first break.

The Blades fought back, scoring five minutes into the second thanks to Jaxon Dobrolowski.  With 3:42 left in the period, Alex Ploehn pushed the Blades back within one.  But the Wildcats scored twice in the final three minutes, within 20 seconds of each other, to grab a 5-2 lead at the second intermission.  Kirkendall scored his second, followed by a powerplay goal by Jake Kruzich.

Only 26 seconds into the third period, Brad Kolinski gave Mattawan a 6-2 lead, a hole too big to climb out of.  Dobrowski and Ploehn both got their second goals late in the third, the former on a powerplay and the latter shorthanded, but it was too little, too late.

Mattawan sits at the top of the SWMHSHL standings with 13 points at 6-1-1; they’re 9-5-1 overall.  The Blades are 12-7-1 overall and 2-4 in league play, fifth now after getting jumped by the Eagles.    All six league teams play Friday and Saturday against non-league opponents as part of Hockey Weekend Across America.  The full list of games can be found here.   You can listen back to both of Wednesday’s games on the Slocum Sports Network below:




RECAP: Kalamazoo Christian Boys/Girls Drop Parchment

Kalamazoo Christian took care of business at home Tuesday night, defeating Parchment 73-48 in boys basketball and 43-34 in girls play.

The girls win was the first Comet victory over the Panthers since December 2011.   After a 6-6 start to the first quarter, the Comets ended the frame on a 6-0 run, then jumped ahead to a 25-12 lead by halftime.  The Panthers made it back within seven in the fourth quarter, but no closer.   Haley Knapp had 18 points in the defeat, getting 14 in the second half to keep her team in the hunt.   Haley Balkema topped the Comets with 13, putting her team at 5-5 and dropping Parchment to 3-6.

The boys game was never in doubt, with a 21-10 advantage after the first quarter and a 40-14 score by halftime.  Kalamazoo Christian has now won the last four meetings between the two schools.  Three Comets scored double-digts, led by Alex Visser’s 18, along with 16 from Noah deJong and 10 by Jordan Katje.   They improve to 5-3 on the year.  Parchment was led by Darrion Turner’s 17 points.   They drop to 2-7.

Kalamazoo Christian hosts a doubleheader Friday against Hackett Catholic, while Parchment hosts Buchanan for a two-fer Friday.  You can listen back to the broadcasts below:




PREVIEW: United Faces Eagles, Mattawan Battles Blades

hockey-1-18High school hockey returns Wednesday to Wings West and the Slocum Sports Network with two games from the Southwest Michigan High School Hockey League.  The first contest at 5:30 pm. sees Kalamazoo United against the Kalamazoo Eagles, followed by the Southwest Michigan Blades against the Mattawan Wildcats around 7:45 p.m.

Kalamazoo United remains unbeaten overall at 12-0-1 and are a perfect 5-0 through their first pass of SWMHSHL games, including a 9-2 drubbing of the Eagles back on December 14.   The Eagles are 1-3-1 in league play with a 7-7 tie of points-leader Mattawan in their last conference game on January 4.

Although United is unbeaten, Mattawan is one-point better in the conference standings, having played twice more for a 5-1-1 record.   They’re 8-5-1 overall entering their rematch with the Blades, which the Wildcats controlled for a 6-1 win on December 3.   The Blades are 12-6-1 overall and are 5-1-1 since the start of 2017.

Listen to both contests live on the Slocum Sports Network with scheduled starts of 5:30 for United and the Eagles and 7:45 for the Blades and Wildcats.

PREVIEW: Kalamazoo Christian Hosts Doubleheader Against Parchment

kc-vs-parchListen tonight (Tuesday) to girls and boys basketball on the Slocum Sports Network with the Kalamazoo Christian Comets hosting the Parchment Panthers.

The girls game is up first scheduled for a 6 p.m. tip off.   Kalamazoo Christian enters at 4-5, having lost their last time out to a 6-1 Schoolcraft squad on the road Friday, 49-39.  Parchment is 3-5 and dropped their last game at Brandywine (8-2) on Thursday, 50-30.   Last season’s meeting between the two went to Parchment at home, 47-25.

Meanwhile in the boys game, the Comets enter at 4-3, having lost their last two against strong Schoolcraft and Delton Kellogg teams, 72-46 and 49-43 respectively.   For the Panthers, after winning their first two games, they’ve lost six straight.    Most recently, they fell to unbeaten Brandywine 62-42.   When they met last year, Kalamazoo Christian won on the road 62-54.

Listen to both the boys and girls game on the Slocum Sports Network with the girls set for 6 p.m. and the boys to follow around 7:30.

RECAP: #18 Colorado State Gets 4-3 Win Over Western Michigan After Shootout Error

It was a strange finish at Wings West Sunday in ACHA division I hockey with 18th-ranked Colorado State winning in the shootout over the Western Michigan Stallions 4-3.  Although the Rams were properly awarded the win in the end, the game was awarded initially to WMU.

According to ACHA rules, “officials will request a list of three shooters from each coach.  If the shootout remains tied at the end of this round, each coach will select a different shooter, this time in a sudden-death situation.”

Both teams scored in the first round of the shootout (Alexander Neitenbach for CSU, Wyatt Ford for WMU).  Then, both shooters were denied in round two.  The third round saw CSU’s William Neff score, followed by save against Corey Siwula, which should have ended the shootout in favor of the Rams.

However, the officials continued into a fourth round, where Niko Michos evened it at 2-2 for the Stallions.  Both teams scored again in the sixth round and it stayed 3-3 until Adam Beuthin ended it in the 11th-round in favor of Western Michigan, seemingly giving them the win.   But after a protest, the win was awarded to Colorado State 30 minutes after the game’s conclusion.   Ultimately for the purposes of the ACHA’s computer rankings, the game goes down as a tie anyhow.  But it was an odd twist to an entertaining contest.

The Rams had the game’s first goal from Nicholas O’Donnell with 13:53 remaining in the first period.  43 seconds later, Zach Mudge tied the game up for the Stallions.   Only 33 seconds after that, Austin Ansay put the Rams back ahead and they held a 2-1 lead until the 8:11 mark of the second period, with a Danny Matrosic score extended the lead to 3-1.

The Stallions got some momentum back before the end of the second with 34 seconds left as Michos scored from the blue line on a powerplay for a 3-2 score into the second break.  It was Devin Farkas scoring with 9:11 in the third that tied the game at 3-3, which it stayed at through the rest of regulation and after five minutes of overtime.

With the shootout win (eventually), Colorado State improves to 11-2-0-3 on the season while Western Michigan falls to 11-11-1-1, their first shootout loss of the year.   The Rams return home for a game Thursday with #13 Oklahoma, followed by #7 Central Oklahoma on Friday and Saturday.   For the Stallions, they’ve got three GLCHL games ahead next weekend.   Friday, they host #25 Indiana Tech at 6:30 p.m. from Wings Stadium.  Saturday, they meet Indiana Tech again, this time at 8 p.m. at Wings West.   Then Sunday, they travel to #5 Davenport at 8:05 p.m.   You can listen to both games between WMU and Indiana Tech next week on the Slocum Sports Network.

You can listen back to WMU vs CSU below:

RECAP: Portage Central Sweeps Portage Northern at the Igloo

In both boys and girls action, Portage Central led the entire way en route to road victories over Portage Northern.   The Mustang boys took a 58-43 victory and the girls dropped the Huskies 36-30.

The Mustang boys took a 10-4 lead after the first quarter, then extended it to 28-17 by halftime.  They led by as much as 16, settling for a 12-point lead after the third and a 15-point margin of victory.   Leading the way was a 24-point game from Austin McCullogh.  Johnny Maier added 15.  For the Huskies, Duane Jackson scored 15 and 14 came from Cameron French.  The Portage Central boys move to 5-1 with the win and drop the Portage Northern boys to 3-5.

In the girls game, the Mustangs shutout the Huskies 12-0 through the first quarter, although neither added much more offense by halftime on a 16-6 score at the break.  Both offenses picked up in the third quarter and the Mustangs extended their lead to 31-18.   The Huskies started the fourth on a 7-0 run and made it back within four points late, but couldn’t ever get ahead.   Central’s MacKenzie Pikkaart was the lone player to score double-digits, getting 11.   Her team is now at .500, (4-4), with the Huskies falling to 4-6.

Portage Central returns to action Tuesday against Mattawan with the girls on the road and the boys at home.  The Husky boys host Ostego Tuesday with the girls until next Friday at Benton Harbor.

You can listen back to the games below



PREVIEW: WMU Stallions Host #18 Colorado State Sunday

hock-1-15The Slocum Sports Network will feature ACHA hockey action live Sunday as the Western Michigan Stallions host Colorado State in their lone meeting of the season.   Entering the weekend, the Stallions are 10-11-1-0, outracing Slippery Rock 10-7 their last time on the ice.   Before getting to 18th-ranked Colorado State Sunday, the Stallions host Buffalo, whom they topped 4-1 back in early November.

Colorado State has a weekend stay in Michigan, starting the weekend off with games Friday and Saturday at Davenport.   They enter the weekend in a similar spot to the Stallions at 10-10-0-3.    Both the Rams and Stallions could get to .500 with sweeps this weekend, but it’ll be especially tough for Colorado State, as Davenport is sitting at 5th in the newest ACHA rankings.

Listen to Sunday’s contest at Wings West between the Stallions and Rams on the Slocum Sports Network with a scheduled start for 1:30 p.m. ET.