Saturday afternoon had teams from the SWMHSHL facing the OK Conference at Wings West, with both leagues getting a win. Portage Central defeated Kenowa Hills 6-2 for their first win of the season. Grand Haven bested Kalamazoo United 4-1 to get above the .500 mark.
Portage Central scored the first two goals of their game midway through the first period, first from Jaden Sorenson, then shorthanded by Skyler Sorenson. Michal Boor put the Knights on the board before the end of the first. PC then won the second period 3-0 off goals by Skyler Sorenson (powerplay), Konnor McLeod (shorthanded), and Canyon Morse.
The Mustangs added one more from McLeod on a powerplay in the third with Kenowa Hills getting their second score from Brendan Deneen. Things got heated in the final two minutes with fighting breaking out, leading to three ejected players for both teams. Unofficially, Portage Central goalie Gannon Miller made 23 saves. Kenowa Hills’ Derek Smith had 29. The Mustangs improve to 1-2-0 and Kenowa Hills drops to 0-5-0.
The other game was scoreless after the first period, despite Grand Haven winning the shots on goal battle 16-4. Kalamazoo United drew multiple penalties in the second period and the Buccaneers made them pay, getting two powerplay goals by Branden Beeler and one from Jake Johnson. Beeler added an even-strength goal late in the second to put Grand Haven up 4-0. United’s Matthew Romano got his team’s lone goal in the third.
Unofficially, United goalkeeper Jake Gerhard had 46 saves in the loss. Grand Haven’s Finn Bylsma had 17. The Buccaneers improve to 3-2-1 overall and Kalamazoo United falls to 1-2-0.
United’s next game is Saturday at Northview. Grand Haven neets Hudsonville at home on Friday, December 15. Kenowa Hills hosts Jenison Wednesday. Portage Central battles Detroit Country Day Saturday at Lawson Arena.
Listen back to Saturday’s games below:
UNITED VS GRAND HAVEN
PORTAGE CENTRAL VS KENOWA HILLS
Listen live online Saturday afternoon on the Slocum Sports Network to a high school hockey doubleheader at Wings West. Game one at 2:15 p.m. features Kalamazoo United against Grand Haven, followed by game two around 4:30 p.m. between Portage Central and Kenowa Hills/Fruitport.
Kalamazoo United sits at 1-1-0 overall, getting their first win Wednesday over the Kalamazoo Eagles. Grand Haven enters the weekend at 1-2-1 with three of their four games going to overtime and all four decided by one goal. Last December, Kalamazoo United beat Grand Haven 3-1, getting 38 saves from goalie Mitch Kihm.
Portage Central enters the weekend at 0-2-0 with Kenowa Hills/Fruitport at 0-3-1. The Mustangs and Knights did not meet last season. Their last meeting came in January 2015, a 2-1 Kenowa Hills win.
Listen live to both games online Saturday on the Slocum Sports Network with United/Grand Haven at 2:15 p.m. and Portage Central/Kenowa Hills around 4:30 p.m.
The 11th-ranked Grand Haven Buccaneers became the first team to score multiple goals this season against 2nd-ranked Portage Central Saturday. Grand Haven made the trip to Portage and came away with a 2-0 victory.
Both goals came in the second half from senior forward Conner Lund, giving him 15 on the season. The first came in the 51st minute with the second in the 64th minute. Jake Thayer and Filiberto Juarez combined for the shutout in goal, matching their performance from last season’s 3-0 Buc win.
Grand Haven improves to 9-3-2 overall and Portage Central falls to 11-2-3. The Mustangs host Battle Creek Central Tuesday in their final match before the SMAC tournament. The Buccaneers travel to West Ottawa, who they played to a 1-1 draw in early September.
Listen back to Saturday’s game below:
Listen live online Saturday at 1 p.m. on the Slocum Sports Network as the Portage Central Mustangs host the Grand Haven Buccaneers in boys soccer. The game should serve as another strong test for two teams entering a very tough Region #1 in under three weeks.
The Mustangs set a new high with a #2 ranking in this week’s Division 1 coaches association poll. On the season, Portage Central is 11-1-3, earning a 6-0 win against Lakeview and a 1-1 draw with Gull Lake this week. No team has scored multiple goals in a contest against the Mustangs thus far. Grand Haven is 11th in the latest poll, although they’ve been as high as #8 this season. The Bucs are 8-3-2 on the year with their lone game this week a 4-0 loss Tuesday at #12 East Kentwood.
Grand Haven hosted Portage Central almost exactly one year ago and earned a 3-0 win over the Mustangs. Two seasons ago in Portage, they played to a scoreless draw.
Listen live to Saturday’s match online on the Slocum Sports Network with kickoff scheduled for 1 p.m. from Portage Central.