PREVIEW: Final SWMHSHL Doubleheader Before Break

12-20 hockey

Listen live online Wednesday on the Slocum Sports Network to a high school hockey doubleheader from Wings West in Kalamazoo.  Game one at 5:30 p.m. has Kalamazoo United against Portage Northern.  Game two around 7:45 p.m. sees the Blades of Southwest Michigan against the Kalamazoo Eagles.   It is the final SWMHSHL doubleheader prior to the end of 2017.

Portage Northern is 2-1-0 in the league, tied for second with Mattawan, and 3-7-0 overall.  The Huskies hold league wins over the Eagles and Portage Central, with their loss to Mattawan.    Kalamazoo United is fourth in the league at 1-1-0 with a win over the Eagles and a loss to the Blades.   United is 1-5-0 overall, most recently falling to Division 1 #9 Troy 6-5.   United won both meetings against Portage Northern last season (6-3, 7-3).

The Blades sit at the top of the league standings at 3-0-0 on wins against Mattawan, United, and Portage Central.  They’re 10-4-0 overall with the Eagles at 3-6-0 by comparison.   The Eagles are fifth in the SWMHSHL at 1-3-0, getting the first win last week over Portage Central.   The Eagles won 3-1 in their tournament meeting last season over the Blades, with the teams splitting their regular season games.

Listen live online Wednesday to both games on the Slocum Sports Network.   United/Portage Northern is set for 5:30 p.m. with the Blades/Eagles around 7:45 p.m.

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