PREVIEW: United Faces Eagles, Wildcats Battle Huskies

11-30 hockey

Listen live online Wednesday on the Slocum Sports Network to a high school hockey doubleheader from Wings West.   Game one at 5:30 p.m. features Kalamazoo United against the Kalamazoo Eagles.  Game two around 7:45 p.m. has the Mattawan Wildcats versus the Portage Northern Huskies.

Wednesday will be the first Southwest Michigan High School Hockey League (SWMHSHL) game for Kalamazoo United, as they look to defend their regular season and tournament championship from last season.  It will be United’s 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 overall.   United’s lone league loss last season came to the Eagles, as they split their 16-17 meetings.   The Eagles won 4-3 on January 18, with United victorious 9-2 on December 14.

Like United, Portage Northern plays their first league game Wednesday.   They’re 1-3-0 thus far, with their most recent game Saturday in a 5-4 loss to Grand Haven.  Mattawan won their league opener last week against the Eagles.   It was their first overall win as well, with the Wildcats at 1-1-1.

Mattawan beat the Huskies twice last season, 3-1 on January 14 and 9-6 on December 7.   They split their meetings two seasons ago, with the last Portage Northern win on January 27, 2016.

Listen live to Wednesday’s doubleheader online on the Slocum Sports Network.   Kalamazoo United meets the Kalamazoo Eagles at 5:30 p.m., followed by Mattawan versus Portage Northern around 7:45 p.m.

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