PREVIEW: First SWMHSHL Conference Games Set for Wednesday

11-23 hockey

Listen live online Wednesday on the Slocum Sports Network to a doubleheader from the Southwest Michigan High School Hockey League (SWMHSHL).  Game one, set for 5:30 p.m., features the Mattawan Wildcats against the Kalamazoo Eagles.   The second game around 7:45 p.m. has the Portage Central Mustangs against the Blades of Southwest Michigan.  It’s the first league play of the 2017-18 campaign.

All four teams opened their regular season last week against non-league opponents.  Mattawan sits at 0-1-1 with a 2-1 loss Friday at Grand Rapids West Catholic and a 2-2 draw Saturday against Grand Haven.   The Eagles are 1-1-0 with a 8-6 Wednesday win over Kenowa Hills and a 8-3 loss Saturday to Jenison.    Last November, Mattawan beat the Eagles 6-1.  Their January rematch was a 7-7 draw.   The last Eagle win over the Wildcats was December 10, 2014.

Both Portage Central and the Blades faced Notre Dame Prep over the weekend.  The Mustangs fell 5-3 Saturday, whereas the Blades had a dominant 8-0 win Friday.   The Blades also grabbed a 8-2 win over West Catholic Saturday.   The Blades won both meetings with Portage Central last season, 5-3 and 2-1.   The Mustangs claimed both matchups over the Blades two seasons ago.

Listen live to Wednesday’s action online on the Slocum Sports Network.   Mattawan and the Eagles meet at 5:30 p.m., followed the Portage Central against the Blades around 7:45 p.m.

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