The Grand Rapids Christian Eagles entered Wednesday’s contest winners of four consecutive games, improving their season record to 5-2. They faced a tough foe in Forest Hills Central in the first of three games this week. The Rangers entered this contest with a 7-1-1 record, averaging 4.9 goals per contest. Zack Dodson held FHC in check, but they ultimately prevailed on a game-winning shot in overtime.
Both teams held in check during the first period. The Eagles got nine shots on the net, but were unable to score a goal. Dodson stopped seven attempts by the Rangers to keep the game scoreless.
In the second period, the Rangers got a goal in the second period to break a scoreless tie. Just a few minutes later, the Eagles scored to even the game at one. Benjamin Buitema scored the Eagles’ first goal off an assist from Joey Hildebrand. This was Buitema’s third goal of the season, tying him with Ashton Bol and Graham Kormash for the second-most on the team. Hildebrand now has four assists on the season, tied with Jack Zwiers for second on the team.
After a scoreless third period, these two teams went to overtime. In the extra frame, the Eagles controlled the puck at the start. They missed an opportunity to score at the beginning, and the Rangers counterattacked. On the breakaway, they scored on their first shot on net in overtime. This gave them a 2-1 victory over GRC.
The 5-3 Eagles still have two opportunities to record victories before they break for the holidays. On Friday night at 8, they host Hartland at Eagles Ice Arena. On Saturday afternoon, they host Cranbrook-Kingswood at 2 at Eagles Ice Arena.