The Eagles hockey team was back in action Friday night as they hosted East Grand Rapids at Eagles Ice Center for a conference battle. Grand Rapids Christian and East Grand Rapids matched each other shot for shot all night long, responding to each others’ goals in each period. As a result, neither team was able to emerge victorious. A hard fought battle on the rink became a 2-2 tie.
Drew Hoeksema made the start in goal for Grand Rapids Christian on Friday night, and he stopped all six Pioneers’ shots in the first period. Unfortunately for him, his teammates failed to convert on any of their seven shots. This left the game scoreless heading into the second period.
The Pioneers outshout the Eagles in the second period by a 10-6 margin. The extra four shots were no advantage however, as each team mustered one goal in the frame. In the third, the pattern was the same. East outshout GRC 13-4, but each team could only put one past the keeper. In the overtime period, each team got five shots up but all ten were turned away.
For Grand Rapids Christian, they went back to their steady production players for their two goals. Graham Kormash scored another goal in this one, his team-leading eleventh of the season. Kormash also has four assists on the year for a total of fifteen points in sixteen games. The second goal of the season was scored by a player who has played well as of late in Jake Noordewier. His goal today was his fourth of the season, and he now has seven points on the year.
Ashton Bol, the team leader in points (18) and assists (13) added another to his tally in this game. Captain Kavanaugh Kane, as well as Jack Zwiers, recorded their eighth assists of the year. This is the second highest total on the team behind Bol. The fourth assist of the game was credited to Tanner Fisher, his first point of the season.
Joey Hildebrand was successful on the faceoffs for the Eagles, winning 18 of his 22 trips to the circle (81.8%). Alex Singh (4 for 5), Jack Zwiers (2 for 2) and Jake Noordewier (2 for 2) also found large amounts of success in limited trips to the faceoff circle. The team as a whole won 58 of the game’s 77 faceoffs (75.3%).
The Eagles are now 7-8-1 on the season, and they are back in action on Saturday at 5:30 against Lowell-Caledonia. This game will take place at home in the Eagles Ice Center. In their last meeting on December 14, the Eagles needed overtime to overcome a 3-0 deficit, ultimately prevailing over LC by a score of 4-3.