RECAP: Lowell/Caledonia Drops Kalamazoo United 7-2 in Pre-Regional

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The postseason began and ended Monday evening at Wings West for Kalamazoo United, as they fell 7-2 to Lowell/Caledonia in the MHSAA Division 1 Pre-Regional 5 semifinals.   It avenges last year’s 7-6 Pre-Regional loss for L/C, who moves to 14-10-1.   United finishes at 21-4-1, a disappointing end to the strongest season in program history.

Lowell/Caledonia grabbed the momentum right away, as Nick Vantil tallied the opening goal less than three minutes into the game.  L/C added a shorthanded goal midway through the first by Alex Osborn to carry a 2-0 lead into the first intermission.   United fought back, as Brenden Warner scored on the powerplay only 22 seconds into the second period.   Eddie Heikkila matched it though for L/C with 11:59 remaining, but another Warner powerplay goal with 8:25 in the second gave United some hope.

The momentum would shift drastically when Ethan Pinto scored for Lowell/Caledonia with 71 seconds remaining in the second, giving L/C a 4-2 lead into the break.   Osborn scored his second goal of the contest only two minutes into the third and L/C controlled the game from there, adding goals late by Nolan Winterburn and Austin Whaley.

Lowell/Caledonia moves to the Pre-Regional 5 final Wednesday at Wings West at 6:30 p.m. against East Kentwood (7-16-2).   East Kentwood knocked off Lowell/Caledonia 3-1 in their regular season meeting on December 9.

Listen back to Monday’s broadcast below:

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