The postseason begins Monday for high school hockey in Michigan with Kalamazoo United hosting Lowell/Caledonia in the MHSAA Pre-Regional 5 semifinal at Wings West in Kalamazoo. These teams met in this round last season in a game that United won 7-6
United finished the regular season at 21-3-1, grabbing their first ever Southwest Michigan High School Hockey League (SWMHSHL) regular season and tournament titles. They’re looking to advance to the regional final for the first time in program history. United has the best winning percentage within the Division 1 field, however, SWMHSHL teams have struggled at the state tournament level in recent years. The last time any league team made it to the final eight was in 2009, when both Portage Central and Mattawan did it.
The Hams also are looking to rebuild their momentum with the start of the postseason. After winning the SWMHSHL final over Mattawan on February 18, United lost its final two regular season games, 7-5 to Northview and 6-3 to Gabriel Richard.
For Lowell/Caledonia, they went 13-10-1, ending with back-to-back losses to Grand Haven and East Grand Rapids. Their last playoff victory came in the first round over United 9-3 in 2014. Like United, L/C hasn’t had much postseason success historically. Interestingly enough though, of the seven teams within Region 3, L/C and United are the only squads with a winning record on the season.
Listen to Monday’s broadcast from Michigan Sports Radio and simulcast through the Slocum Sports Network. Puck drop is set for 6:30 p.m.