The Grand Rapids Christian Eagles took a tough loss last week against Byron Center to drop to a 1-2 record. This week, they played host to two teams from Michigan’s East-Side, as Allen Park and Wyandotte paid a visit to Eagles Ice Center. A pair of strong performances resulted in a pair of wins for the Eagles, and they now find themselves with a winning record.
FRIDAY: GRAND RAPIDS CHRISTIAN 4 WYANDOTTE 1
In the first game of the weekend, Grand Rapids Christian hosted Wyandotte. They attacked the goal feverously all night long, registering a season high 39 shots. They were spread evenly amongst the periods, as they got fourteen shots in the first, thirteen in the second and twelve in the third. In comparison, Wyandotte only logged fifteen shots the entire game.
The Eagles scored in each period of the game, including two goals in the first period of play. Jack Zwiers led the team in shots with nine, and one of his found the back of the net. This was his first of the season. Ashton Bol peppered the goal with five shots of his own, and he also scored a goal. This was his third goal of the year. Kavanaugh Kane and Joey Hildebrand both scored their second goals of the season in the victory as well.
Defensively for the Eagles, Drew Hoeksema made his first start in goal. He stopped fourteen of the fifteen shots he saw, save for one blemish in the second period. He earned his first victory of the season.
SATURDAY: GRAND RAPIDS CHRISTIAN 3 ALLEN PARK 1
A day after evening their record, the Eagles had an opportunity to get above .500 for the first time this year. Despite being outshot 27-24, they outscored the Jaguars 3-1. Both teams found the net in the first period. Allen Park tallied their lone goal, and the Eagles got a pair. After a scoreless second period, Grand Rapids Christian got the goal to seal the victory in the final period.
Jack Zwiers led the team in shots with six, and two of them found the back of the net. Alex Singh scored the other goal for the Eagles on his lone shot of the evening. Ashton Bol, Graham Kormash and Tommy Doyle all logged assists in this one. Chris Boyd led the team with a +/- of 3. Kormash won 19 faceoffs to lead the team, and Joey Hildebrand also won five of his six faceoffs.
In goal, Zack Dodson evened his season record at 2-2. He stopped 26 of the 27 shots he saw, which was more than enough for Christian to earn the victory.
Next weekend, the Eagles have a pair of games. On Friday, they take on Lowell-Caledonia in a road game at Kentwood Ice Arena. This game starts at 7:30. The next day, Cabrini High School comes to Eagles Ice Center for a game that will start at 3:30 PM.