The Grand Rapids Christian Eagles hockey team took their winning record on the road on Friday night to take on Lowell-Cal at Kentwood Ice Arena. After falling behind by three goals, the Eagles rallied for an improbable comeback and sent the game to overtime.
With the game tied at three, Grand Rapids Christian had the puck down at the Lowell-Cal end of the rink. Tommy Doyle swung the puck over to Jake Noordewier, who shot it from the just inside the face-off circle. It found its way past the LC goalie Davis Ziesmer and into the back of the net for the 4-3 win. If it seemed like deja vu for the Eagles against Lowell-Cal, it’s because it nearly was. Noordewier scored a goal from the exact same spot in overtime last year to defeat LC as well.
Four goals were scored by four Eagles in the victory on Friday night. Jack Zwiers scored in the victory, his team leading fourth goal of 2018. Graham Kormash found the back of the net for his third goal of the season. Tommy Doyle and Jake Noordewier both scored their first goals of the season in this one as well.
Kormash’s goal was one he and his teammates will definitely remember. Earlier in the game, Graham had some issues with his skates. As a result, he went and obtained an old pair of rental skates and laced them up to return on the ice. Using these, he took advantage of a power-play situation to score the goal.
Doyle, in addition to Alex Singh and Jake Noordewier, all recorded assists in Friday night’s victory. Kormash led the charge in the face-off circle all night long. He had won 22 of his 31 faceoffs. Benjamin Buitema also found success in the circle, winning 9 of his 11 faceoffs.
In the net, Zack Dodson rallied to put together a strong night in goal. He made 20 saves on 23 shots faced to earn his third win of the year in goal (3-2). Dodson has now saved 88.1% of the shots he has faced this year, and he lowered his GAA to 3.20.
Coach Shawn Zimmerman noted that Alex Singh provided a huge spark for the Eagles in the second period to get the comeback rolling. He also mentioned the leadership skills of captain Kavanaugh Kane were on full display during their run.
With the win, the Eagles are now 4-2 on the season. They are now winners of three straight games, and four of their last five. On Saturday, they are back in action against Allen Park Cabrini. The game will take place at Eagles Ice Arena at 3:30.
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