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Rams blank Grandville 4-0 in conference tilt

December 15, 2011 // 0 Comments

by GORDIE ANGUS Studying your opponent is a significant role of a coach to prepare the team going into every game. “We knew we have better depth than Grandville and we knew we could wear them down with our attack,” said Rockford Head Coach Ed Van Portfliet. Wear them down, they did. Just over three minutes from the start of the game on Saturday, Dec. 10, Rockford junior Stephen Shira lifted junior Austin Cantu’s rebounded shot to the top shelf of the net over the Bulldog net-minder to start the scoring. The assist went to senior Keegan Knight. The Rams continued the attack and set the pace of the game. Less than two minutes later, a heavy pressure forecheck by junior Blake Erhart and senior Justin Ullrey put the puck into position for junior Nate Hill to beat the goalie and score his team-leading third goal of the season. Assists on the goal went to Erhart and Ullrey. With 6:10 left in the opening frame, junior Hunter Angus forced a turnover in the Rockford zone. He took the puck just inside Grandville’s zone and fired a quick shot to beat the Bulldog goaltender over the right shoulder. Rockford outshot Grandville in the opening period 15-5. Rams junior goaltender Jake Rekucki thwarted all Bulldog scoring chances, turning away all shots and not giving up rebounds. The Rams went to the locker room with a solid 3-0 lead. A scoreless second period would be considered a success for Rockford. “During the intermission, we reminded the guys that we have recently been in this position with a two- or three-goal lead, only to give it up in the following period,” said Van Portfliet. “Our goal for the period was not to protect the lead, but to keep the pressure on and extend the lead.” Rockford continued their dominant play, outshooting Grandville 8-2 in the period. Back in the locker room before the start of the third period, the message was similar to the last. “Keep the pressure on and continue to do the little things right,” noted Van Portfliet. “Our line changes in the second period were a bit sloppy and needed to be better in the third.” The Rams continued their pressure against a much more determined […]

Rockford Varsity hockey splits weekend

December 9, 2010 // 0 Comments

Friday night, Dec. 3, the Rockford varsity ice hockey team took on the Falcons from West Catholic. In a penalty-laden game with a game total of 22 trips to the “sin bin,” each team found it difficult to get into a rhythm. Just 20 seconds into the game, Nathan Hill was checked from behind, sustaining a shoulder injury that knocked him out of the game for the rest of the night. With the Rams already being a team with a short bench, injuries to key players like Hill were not going to make it easy. The Rams were first to get on the board in what turned out to be a high-scoring affair. Ben Glass got his first goal of the night with the assist going to Keegan Knight. Just a few minutes later, Thomas Soupal lit the lamp with helpers from Zack Vandawater and Eric Datema to put the Rams up 2-0. The final tally of the period came from West Catholic, making the score 2-1 going into intermission; the shots on goal were West Catholic 10, Rockford 8. Both teams came out in the second period with scoring on their mind. West Catholic tied it up at 2, followed up shortly by another goal to take a 3-2 lead. The last four minutes of the second period were filled with plenty of scoring action. Soupal got his second and third goals of the night to complete his hat trick with assists coming from fellow senior Mike VanderVelde on one of the goals, while the second Soupal goal was assisted by Zach King and VanderVelde. West Catholic got an unassisted goal from Connor Kelbel for their last goal of the second period. The final minute, when the crowd thought five goals between the two teams would be enough, King blistered one to the back of the net with an assist by Justin Ullery, giving both teams three goals for the period and a score at the intermission, Rockford 5 and West Catholic 4. The final period was dominated by the Rams, with two goals from Glass to complete his hat trick for the night, with assists from King and Ullery. The final Ram goal was scored by Knight, his second for the contest, with […]