The Blades of Southwest Michigan and Portage Northern Huskies will enter 2018 at the top of the SWMHSHL standings off of Wednesday’s victories at Wings West. The Huskies won 4-3 in overtime against Kalamazoo United and the Blades defeated the Kalamazoo Eagles 5-0.
Although Portage Northern dominated the shots on goal 15-5, Kalamazoo United had the first period’s lone goal. With 11:28 remaining, Brenden Warner scored seven seconds into a powerplay. With 12:35 to go in the second, Will Todd evened the game for the Huskies and less than a minute later, Quentin Roseboom gave them the lead. United evened the game at 2-2 by the end of the period on a four-on-three powerplay score by Dominic Monendo.
United went back ahead with 13:58 on their third powerplay goal, this time from Hunter Laurin. They had a chance to potentially put the game away with about four minutes remaining on a penalty shot, but Warner’s attempt went wide. The Huskies were able to tie it up with 2:03 remaining on Todd’s second goal, forcing overtime. 40 seconds into OT, Roseboom won it for the Huskies.
The win puts Portage Northern into second in the SWMHSHL standings at 3-1-0 and moves them to 4-7-0 overall. The Huskies are off until they play the Blades in for first place on Wednesday, January 3. United falls to 1-6-0 overall and 1-2-0 in league play. They travel to Eastside Saturday and host Lakeshore/St. Joseph the following Saturday.
After an even and scoreless first period, the Blades dominated the shots on goal 27-6 in the second. Eagle goalie Drake Witt turned away 26, but the Blades finally beat him with 3:58 remaining on a powerplay score by Jaxon Dobrolowski. The flood gates opened in the third period with one goal from Chase Stenger and three by Cole Shafer. Blade goalie Zac Hattan was credited with 20 saves in the shutout.
The Blades move to 11-4-0 overall and remain unbeaten in league play at 4-0-0. They get right back at it Thursday hosting Kenowa Hills, then Adams and Reeths-Puffer the following weekend. The Eagles fall to 3-7-0 overall and 1-4-0 in the SWMHSHL. They travel to Jackson Saturday.
Listen back to Wednesday’s games below:
PORTAGE NORTHERN VS UNITED – BOX SCORE.
BLADES VS EAGLES – BOX SCORE.
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.
The Southwest Michigan Blades defeated Kalamazoo United 4-1 and the Kalamazoo Eagles won 5-4 in overtime over Portage Central in Wednesday evening’s SWMHSHL action at Wings West. The win in the first game left the Blades as the only team unbeaten within league play, with the second game leaving the Mustangs as the lone team without a league win.
The Blades dominated the shots on goal column all game, but entered the first intermission behind 1-0. Jake Gerhard turned away 22 shots in the first for the Hams and Garrett Warner put United ahead with an unassisted goal with 1:54 left.
Midway through the second period, the Blades scored twice within in a minute. The first came from Parker Lawrence, who took advantage as a defender tripped over a fallen stick. The second one came via Jett Haifley for the 2-1 lead after two. The Blades took a 3-1 lead on an unassisted shorthanded goal from Chris Bigelow with 11:05 remaining, then added the final dagger on a 4-on-4 goal by Jaxon Dobrolowski with 4:09 to go.
Blades goalie Zac Hattan had 20 saves in the victory with United’s Gerhard stopping 48 shots. The Blades stand alone at the top of the SWMHSHL standings at 3-0-0 following to win, overall they’re 9-4-0. It was their first win over United since February 2015. United drops to 1-4-0 on the loss and 1-1-0 against league foes.
The Blades are back in action Sunday at the LSJ Warriors, then meet the Eagles next Wednesday at Wings West. United travels to Troy Saturday, then returns home next Wednesday against Portage Northern.
The Eagles never trailed in their game, getting the lead in the first three minutes on a Jimmy Wressel goal. Carter Maxey scored in the final two minutes to put the Eagles up 2-0 at the break. Portage Central grabbed the only goal of the second period with Canyon Morse’s 4-on-4 strike putting the Mustangs back within one entering the third.
With 11:33 left in regulation, Danny Keene pushed the Eagle lead back to two goals. Shortly after, Keene was ejected, along with PC starting forwards Erek Decker and Mitchell Ely for a fracas just before the 10 minute mark.
The score stayed at 3-1 until the Mustangs took advantage of a kneeing major against Wressel. Konnor McLeod’s powerplay goal put Portage Central down one with 3:23 remaining. Although still down a man, the Eagles seemingly had the final dagger on a Maxey empty net goal with 1:27 remaining. Only 13 seconds later, Morse matched it to put the Mustangs back within one. With 27 seconds left, McLeod was able to tie the game.
However, Portage Central couldn’t complete the comeback. 1:54 into overtime, Maxey earned the hat-trick and the victory.
Eagle goalie Drake Witt had 38 saves in the victory, PC’s Bryan Gracey stopped 26. The Eagles jump to 2-5-0 overall and 1-3-0 in SWMHSHL play. It was the first Eagle win over PC since February 2014. Portage Central falls to 1-5-0 overall and 0-3-0 in the league. The Mustangs travel to Grand Haven Saturday with the Eagles heading north to Cheboygan against Utica Friday and Lakeland Saturday.
Listen back to Wednesday’s games below:
BLADES VS UNITED – BOX SCORE.
EAGLES VS MUSTANGS – BOX SCORE.
Listen live online Wednesday on the Slocum Sports Network to a high school hockey doubleheader from Wings West. Up first at 5:30 p.m., the Blades of Southwest Michigan play Kalamazoo United. Around 7:45 p.m., the Portage Central Mustangs face the Kalamazoo Eagles.
The Blades 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 Eagles.
Overall, the Blades are 8-4-0 with a 1-3 mark over the weekend at the Cornfield Cup tournament in Culver, Indiana. United is 1-3-0 overall, falling 10-3 at Northview Saturday. United won both meetings against the Blades last season, 6-1 and 5-4. The last Blade win over United was in the SWMHSHL tournament in February 2015.
In the second game, both the Eagles and Mustangs are trying to get their first SWMHSHL win. The Eagles are 1-5-0 overall and 0-3-0 in league play, while Portage Central is 1-4-0 overall and 0-2-0 in the SWMHSHL. Both teams got their lone win to date over Kenowa Hills. Portage Central won both meetings over the Eagles last season, 6-4 and 4-1. The Mustangs have won their last seven games over the Eagles, with the last Eagle win coming in February 2014.
Portage Northern defeated Portage Central 4-1 Monday evening in the 14th annual Portage Rotary Hockey Classic at Wings Event Center, giving them the canoe trophy for only the third time in 14 tries. It is the first Husky win in the canoe series since 2013, giving the seven Portage Northern seniors their first canoe in their final try.
Despite the three-goal final difference, the Huskies didn’t hold the lead until a Will Todd snipe put them ahead 2-1 with 2:11 remaining. Listen to the goal below:
Portage Northern had 15 shots to Portage Central’s eight in the first period, but the Mustangs entered the first intermission ahead 1-0 on a goal by Erek Decker with 56 seconds left. The Huskies evened the game with 3:17 remaining in the second period with a Koty Meadmore goal.
The game stayed at 1-1 until Todd’s goal with 2:11 to go in the third period. Right off the next face off, the Mustangs committed a holding penalty, severely hampering any hope at a response. With 55 seconds left, Quentin Roseboom delivered the rare empty net powerplay goal for a 3-1 lead. To leave no doubt, the Huskies added one more 23 seconds later, courtesy of Connor Sorge.
Sophomore goalie Peter Todd had 23 saves for Portage Northern with his sophomore counterpart Bryan Gracey turning away 34 shots for the Mustangs. The Huskies improve to 3-6-0 overall and 2-1-0 in SWMHSHL play. They return to action at the Jenison Invite over the weekend, their first game is Friday at 6:30 p.m. against Bryon Center. Portage Central falls to 1-4-0 overall and 0-2-0 in league play. They meet the Kalamazoo Eagles at Wings West Wednesday at 7:45 p.m. in a game that can be heard on the Slocum Sports Network.
Listen back to Monday’s game below: Click here for the Box Score. Click here to see the Huskies celebrate with the canoe.
Listen live online Monday at 6:30 p.m. on the Slocum Sports Network to the 14th annual Portage Rotary Hockey Classic from the Wings Event Center. The winner of this game gets to hold the canoe trophy, which defending champion Portage Central has done 11 times in 13 chances. Portage Northern’s only victories came in 2013 and 2010.
It is the first 2017-18 season meeting between Portage Central and Portage Northern, who met five times last season. On the ice, the Mustangs won all four regular season meetings, although one game was later ruled a forfeit in favor of the Huskies. Last season’s canoe game was a 6-4 Portage Central win, led by a Max Mones hat-trick and a five-point effort from Konnor McLeod. Portage Northern ended up with the last laugh, winning their Pre-Regional postseason meeting 5-2.
So far this season, Portage Northern is 2-6-0 overall and Portage Central is 1-3-0. The Huskies are 1-1-0 in SWMHSHL play, getting their first league win Wednesday 7-5 over the Kalamazoo Eagles. The Mustangs fell in their lone league meeting to date, a 3-1 loss to the Blades of Southwest Michigan on November 22.
Listen live to Monday’s game online on the Slocum Sports Network with puck drop at 6:30 p.m. from the main arena at Wings Event Center.
The Western Michigan Stallions head north Thursday and Saturday for Great Lakes Collegiate Hockey League (GLCHL) action against Davenport University. Both games can be seen live via the Davenport Athletics Network with Thursday’s game around 9 p.m. and Saturday’s around 3:30 p.m. Both squads are around the .500 mark overall.
The Stallions enter the series with a 9-11-1 overall record, although in GLCHL games, they are 1-7-0-0, eighth out of nine teams with three points. They began December play last weekend at Kent State, falling 3-2 and 7-1 against the Golden Flashes. In the latest ACHA Division 1 computer rankings, the Stallions are 30th, needing wins to make up ground for one of the coveted top 20 spots needed for a national tournament berth.
Davenport is currently inside that top 20 narrowly, holding the 18th spot with an 8-8-0 record. Within GLCHL play, they are 3-2-0-0, placing them fourth with 11 points. The Panthers have only taken to the ice once post-Thanksgiving, a 7-1 win last Saturday over Eastern Michigan.
Davenport won both meetings over the Stallions last season, 10-2 and 5-1. Two seasons ago, the Panthers won thrice, 4-3, 4-3 (OT), and 6-2. The last Western Michigan victories against Davenport came in September 2014.
Both games can be seen live via the Davenport Athletics Network with Thursday’s game around 9 p.m. and Saturday’s around 3:30 p.m.
The Blades of Southwest Michigan defeated Mattawan 4-3 in the final minute of overtime and Portage Northern topped the Kalamazoo Eagles 7-5 in Wednesday’s SWMHSHL doubleheader at Wings West. The Blades’ victory snapped at least a 16-game, six-season losing streak to Mattawan, based on the SWMHSHL website’s scores dating back to the 2011-12 season. Team captain Alex Ploehn had the game winner on a five-on-three powerplay with 33 seconds remaining.
The Blades scored their first goal within the first two minutes from Parker Lawrence, but Mattawan would respond three minutes later with a Sam Puzevic goal. Midway through the period, the Blades earned two quick minor penalties, allowing for a Jason Moreau powerplay goal and a 2-1 Wildcat lead. The score stayed 2-1 through the second period, despite the Blades getting four chances at the powerplay.
With 10:41 remaining in the third period, Mattawan took a 3-1 lead on a Zach Wiggins score. Less than a minute later, Blaine Shafer matched it for the Blades. The Wildcats picked up another penalty shortly thereafter and on their fifth powerplay of the game, Ploehn scored with 7:23 to go.
The game went to overtime tied at 3-3. The penalty bug would bite Mattawan again, picking up a major and minor about a minute apart, giving the Blades a five-on-three for the final part of the extra period. Once again, the senior team captain from Lakeview Ploehn found the back of the net.
Ploehn finished with three points, also getting an assist. Mattawan’s Wiggins also had three points with his goal and two assists. Blade goalie Zac Hattan was credited with 26 saves, Mattawan’s Shaffer Moore had 27. The Blades improve to 7-1-0 overall and 2-0-0 within SWMHSHL play. Mattawan falls to 2-4-1 overall and 2-1-0 in the league.
In the other game, the Eagles struck first on a Jimmy Wressel goal only 76 seconds into the game. Portage Northern’s Will Todd responded just over a minute later to even things. Griffin McLeod and Quentin Roseboom both found the back of the net to put the Huskies up 3-1 at the first intermission.
Dylan Ruggles made it a three-goal game early in the second, followed by Roseboom’s second goal midway through the frame, this one on the powerplay, for a 5-1 Husky advantage. However, the Eagles scored thrice in the final 5:10 of the second on goals by Zachary Pernie, Wressel, and Colin Mehren, putting the score at 5-4.
Portage Northern added more cushion with quick third period goals from Grant Ernst and Connor Sorge. Wressel earned a hat-trick on a powerplay goal with 9:36 remaining, but the Eagles couldn’t get any closer than the 7-5 final. Connor Sorge had three points, adding two assists to his goal. Wressel added one assist to his hat-trick, Mehren also had four points with three assists. Portage Northern improves to 1-1-0 in SWMHSHL play and 2-5-0 overall, the Eagles fall to 0-3-0 in the league and 1-5-0 overall.
The Huskies play Saline Saturday at 2:25 p.m. from Lawson Ice Arena. The Eagles meet Portage Central next Wednesday at Wings West. The Blades head to Indiana over the weekend for the Cornfield Cup at the Culver Academies. Mattawan hosts Detroit Country Day at Wings West Friday.
Listen back to Wednesday’s games here:
Listen live online Wednesday evening on the Slocum Sports Network to a high school hockey doubleheader at Wings West. Up first at 5:30 p.m. is Portage Northern against the Kalamazoo Eagles, followed by Mattawan and the Blades of Southwest Michigan around 7:45 p.m.
Both the Eagles (0-2-0) and Huskies (0-1-0) are looking for their first win in SWMHSHL play. The Eagles enter at 1-4-0 overall with Portage Northern at 1-5-0. They met three times last year with the Huskies winning the most recent game, 4-2 in the conference tournament. They split their regular season matches with a 5-4 Husky overtime win and a 5-2 Eagle win.
In game two, neither Mattawan (2-0-0) or the Blades (1-0-0) have been defeated by a league foe. The Wildcats are 2-3-1 overall with the Blades at 6-1-0 thus far. Mattawan won their tournament semifinal game last year over the Blades 5-0, plus got 6-4 and 6-1 regular season wins. Mattawan has won at least 16 consecutive meetings over the Blades, according to the SWMHSHL’s scores listed back to the 2011-12 season.
Listen live to both games Wednesday online on the Slocum Sports Network with Portage Northern/Eagles at 5:30 p.m. and Mattawan/Blades around 7:45 p.m.
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