RECAP: Mattawan, SWM Blades Open League Play with Wins

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Mattawan prepares to hit the ice.  Brad Kolinski (#8) and Niko Stamas (#9) both had goals Wednesday.  Shaffer Moore (#1) had a shutout in net. 

The Mattawan Wildcats and Blades of Southwest Michigan saw victories on Thanksgiving Eve, as Mattawan shutout the Kalamazoo Eagles 4-0 and the Blades downed Portage Central 3-1.   For all four teams, it was the first action of the season within the Southwest Michigan High School Hockey League (SWMHSHL).

In game one, Mattawan controlled the possession and tempo throughout the entire contest, finishing with 42 shots on goal and allowing only 15.   The first three goals came within the first six minutes of action, scored by Zach Swintz, Niko Stamas, and Brad Kolinski.   The score held at 3-0 until Zach Wiggins’ goal midway through the third period.

Shaffer Moore earned his first shutout of the season for the Wildcats, giving them their first overall win of the campaign with a 1-1-1 record.  The Eagles fall to 1-2-0 on the loss.

In the second game, the Blades scored on a blue-line slap shot from Vicksburg sophomore Austin Zeigler 90 seconds into the match.   The game remained 1-0 until Cole Shafer’s Blade goal with 8:15 remaining in the third.   Portage Central finally got by Blade goalie Zac Hattan with 4:05 to go on a Mitchell Ely goal, but a Zac Gothard empty netter in the final minute secured the Blade victory.

Hattan made 22 saves, PC’s Bryan Gracey stopped 33 shots.  Jaxon Dobrolowski had assists on the first two Blade goals, helping get them to 3-0-0 overall thus far.  The Mustangs sit at 0-2-0.

Portage Central is off until Saturday, December 2 at home against Kenowa Hills.   The Blades return to action this Saturday at home versus Royal Oak.  Mattawan’s next contest is next Wednesday against league foe Portage Northern.  The Eagles join Mattawan in the doubleheader Wednesday as they face Kalamazoo United.

Listen back to Wednesday’s games below:

MATTAWAN VS EAGLES

BLADES VS PORTAGE CENTRAL

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  1. […] second overall match, as they fell 4-2 in their opener at Canton on November 18.    Meanwhile, the Eagles lost their SWMHSHL opener last Wednesday 4-0 against Mattawan.    They’re still searching for their first win as well, sitting at 0-2-1 […]

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  2. […] and United are the only unbeaten teams remaining within SWMHSHL play.  The Blades are 2-0-0 with a 3-1 win over Portage Central and a 4-3 victory over Mattawan.   United’s lone league game was a 4-1 victory against the […]

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