RECAP: Kalamazoo United Wins in Final Second of Overtime Against Hudsonville, Mustangs Flatten Huskies
Kalamazoo United used every second of Wednesday’s non-conference game to keep their unbeaten season going. A goal with 0.3 seconds left in overtime from Jacob Remelius gave them a 4-3 victory over Hudsonville, putting KU at 11-0-1 and dropping Hudsonville to 6-5.
The Eagles scored the lone goal of the first period about halfway into it, thanks to Sam Boelema’s deflection from Jared Baas. KU tied the game with 12:08 left in the second on a score by James Amat. Hunter Taplin pushed United ahead with 7:26 left, but a powerplay goal from Jake Beltz about two minutes later evened the game at 2-2 into the second intermission.
With 4:40 left in the third period, a Hudsonville defender covered the puck up in the crease, prompting a penalty shot for Remelius, United’s captain. He buried it for the lead, but Baas was able to tie the game with 45 seconds left and force overtime.
After a deadlock for much of overtime, the Eagles seemed to have the best chance late, getting a powerplay with 2:13 left on the clock. United killed it off and with seconds to spare, Noel Cavey got it to Remelius for the winner with 0.3 seconds remaining.
Remelius now has seven goals on the season. United faces Riley (South Bend, IN) at Wings West Saturday. Hudsonville travels to Warren Mott Friday, SCF Saturday, then meets Alliance at Michigan State’s Munn Arena Monday.
The second game of the evening was far less dramatic with Portage Central winning for the third time this season over Portage Northern, final score 6-2. The Huskies had the first goal two minutes in from Will Todd. Max Mones tied it for the Mustangs midway through the period, then added one more, followed by an Eric Decker goal with 14 seconds left in the first on a powerplay.
Adding insult to injury, the Huskies began the second period trying to kill a 5-on-3. The Mustangs took advantage of both penalties, as Mones and Konnor McLeod both scored within the first minute of the second. McLeod scored again late in the second for a 6-1 lead. The Huskies were able to get a tally in the final minute of the game from Eli Cartier, but it was far too late.
Mones had two assists in addition to his hat trick. Kobe Vincent had four assists. The Mustangs assume sole possession of third in the SWMHSHL stands at 3-3 and move to 5-7 overall. The Huskies are 0-5 in league play and 3-10 overall. The Huskies have another league game ahead, facing Mattawan Saturday. The Mustangs travel to Traverse City for the weekend, facing Escanaba Friday and the Bay Area Reps Saturday.
You can listen to the full broadcast of both games below:
KALAMAZOO UNITED VS HUDSONVILLE
PORTAGE CENTRAL VS PORTAGE NORTHERN
Listen Wednesday online through the Slocum Sports Network to another high school hockey doubleheader from Wings West. The action starts at 5:15 p.m. with non-conference play between Kalamazoo United and the Hudsonville Eagles. Following that at 7:30 p.m., it’s a cross-town and conference battle between Portage Central and Portage Northern.
Kalamazoo United is off to an impressive 10-0-1 start, as they return almost their entire roster from last year’s 13-14 team. They sit at the top of the SWMHSHL at 5-0 and hit the ice for their first game of the new calendar year Wednesday against a team they beat twice last year (7-3 and 7-1) in Hudsonville.
Like United, Hudsonville looks to be improved from a season ago, where they finished 8-16-2. They’re 6-4 this season with all four losses decided by only one goal against teams holding a winning record. Both teams have a player averaging more than a goal per game; Noel Cavey for United (14) and Nate McDaid for Hudsonville (17).
The second contest of the evening features cross-town and conference foes with the Portage Central Mustangs against the Portage Northern Huskies. They’ve already met twice this season with both wins going to the Mustangs. They played their first conference game on December 12 (6-4), then met in a non-conference contest five days later (4-3) in the Jenison tournament.
After a slow 0-5 start, Portage Central has gone 4-2 since for a 4-7 overall record. Having played each conference opponent once, they’re 2-3 in SWMHSHL play, tied for third with the Southwest Michigan Blades. Portage Northern is the lone team without a SWMHSHL win yet at 0-4. At 3-8 overall, they just snapped a lengthy losing streak with their most lopsided victory of the year Saturday, a 6-1 win at Okemos.
Listen to both contests Wednesday online via the Slocum Sports Network. Kalamazoo United vs Hudsonville is scheduled for a 5:15 p.m. start with Portage Northern and Portage Central at 7:30 p.m.