In the four games leading up to Christmas break, the Eagles struggled to find the net. They combined to score seven goals in these contests, which lead to a 1-3 stretch to even their record back at 5-5 on the year. On Friday night, it appeared that the Eagles were given the gift of a high-powered offense for Christmas, as they set a season-high with eight goals. This, paired with some stellar defense, led the way for an 8-0 defeat of the East Kentwood Falcons.
Grand Rapids Christian dominated this one from the start. They outshot Kentwood 35-17, and they converted on nearly a quarter of their shots. Four players scored in today’s win for the Eagles. Ashton Bol scored once for his fourth goal of the season. Kavanaugh Kane also scored a goal, his third of the year. Jake Noordewier scored a pair of goals in the victory, bringing his season total up to three also. The leader for Christian offensively in this one however was Graham Kormash. On a team-high ten shots, Kormash found the back of the net four times tonight. This extends his team goals lead, as he now finds himself with nine on the year.
Similar to the four scorers, there were four players that recorded assists for the Eagles. Noordewier recorded an assist in this one, bringing his season total to three and his points total to six. Chris Boyd earned an assist as well, his second of the season. Kavanaugh Kane moved his season total in assists to six as a result of two in the victory. Leading the way however, as he has all season long in this category, was Ashton Bol. Half of the Eagles’ goals were assisted by Bol, as his four assists brought his season total to a remarkable 12. He now holds a three-point lead amongst his teammates.
The team as a whole controlled the faceoff battle as well on Friday night. Grand Rapids Christian won 43 of 55 faceoffs (78.2%), allowing for heavy control of the puck all night long. Kormash won 21 faceoffs to lead the way, with Noordewier’s 20 shortly behind. Ben Buitema and Alex Singh both won their lone faceoffs in tonight’s game.
Goalie play was superb in the victory for Grand Rapids Christian as well. Zack Dodson stopped all seventeen shots he saw on his way to a shutout of the Falcons. This now brings him to 4-4 on the year with a 3.00 GAA and a 88.7% Save Percentage.
With the victory, Grand Rapids Christian is now 6-5 on the year. They are back at Lakeside Ice Arena tomorrow for the second game of their holiday tournament.