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Rockford varsity hockey begins 2012 in tournament action

January 12, 2012 // 0 Comments

The Rams varsity hockey team played their final games of 2011 in the annual Big Rapids Holiday Invitational on December 28 and 30, and kicked off the New Year with the annual Walker Classic on January 6 and 7. Rockford’s icers drew Jackson Lumen Christi (JLC) for the first game of the Big Rapids tournament. First period saw the Titans of JLC strike first only 1:26 into the period. Rams junior Austin Cantu answered less than three minutes later to tie the score at one. Assisting on the goal went to junior Stephen Shira and sophomore Trevor Mills. Second period action started much like the first. Just 1:47 into the period, the Titans found the scoreboard. Five minutes later, a JLC penalty gave the Rams a man advantage. Unfortunately, the Titans scored two short-handed goals in a 15-second time span to give them a 4-1 lead. During the same penalty, 27 seconds later, Rockford junior Jacob Smyth answered with a goal to put the Rams within two goals. Junior Nate Hill was credited with the assist. The Titans continued to roll with a late-period goal to go up 5-2. The lone third-period goal was scored by the Titans in similar fashion to the first and second periods. At 1:29 into the period, the sixth and final goal of the game gave JLC the lead they needed for the win. The Rams outshot the Titans 27-25 for the game. In the consolation game, Rockford outlasted tournament host Big Rapids Cardinals to a 5-4 win for their final game of 2011. Enter 2012 and the annual Walker Classic at Walker Ice and Fitness Center. Rockford faced Grandville for the second league game of the season. The Bulldogs had redemption in mind to avenge the previous loss to the Rams. At 6:44 into the first period, Rockford began their quest to deny Grandville any redemption. Hill was the first to find the netting with a feed from junior defenseman Cam Bathum. Junior goaltender Todd Millar turned away all Bulldog shots for the period. Grandville started the scoring in the second frame nine minutes into the period to tie the game at one. With 31 seconds to play in the period, junior Jacob Smyth received a perfect pass that […]

Ram icers split in holiday weekend tournament

December 1, 2011 // 0 Comments

After a win and a loss in the previous weekend tournament in Sault Ste Marie, the Rockford varsity hockey team knew that scoring only three goals in two games would need to be improved coming into Kentwood’s Annual Falcon Classic Thanksgiving tournament at Kentwood Ice Arena. Friday night, Nov. 25, Rockford faced the Bucs from Grand Haven. A high-paced first period ended scoreless as Grand Haven outshot the Rams 13-7 with junior goaltender Todd Millar turning away all Grand Haven attempts. One minute into the second period with Grand Haven attacking, the Bucs were first to find the scoreboard. A rebound off Millar’s pad was redirected to a Grand Haven player, who put the puck into the net to put the Bucs up 1-0. A Rockford penalty two minutes later put the Rams at a disadvantage against a solid Grand Haven power play. With only eight seconds left before the penalty expired, the Bucs tallied again with a hard shot from the point past Millar. Penalties continued to send both teams to the penalty box throughout the second period. The Rams took advantage of one of Grand Haven’s infractions with just under seven minutes to play in the period. Rockford junior Nate Hill battled to gain control of the puck to the right side of the Grand Haven goal. A quick shot from a tough angle was enough to catch an unsuspecting goalie off guard, as the puck deflected into the goal and put the Rams back within one. Rockford’s penalty woes continued and, with 36 seconds left in the second period, Grand Haven’s power play struck again. Rockford headed to the locker room down by two goals. Grand Haven’s momentum in the period was apparent, as the Bucs outshot the Rams 18-5 in the second frame. Going into the third period, two things were certain to gain control of this game. Stay out of the penalty box and get shots on goal. A Grand Haven penalty near the midpoint of the final period allowed Rockford to capitalize on the power play. Sophomore Trevor Mills gained control of the puck near the Grand Haven goal line and sent a perfect pass in front of the net to Hill, who sent the puck past Grand Haven’s […]