Nate Hill

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 […]

Rockford hockey takes down Crusaders

March 3, 2011 // 0 Comments

Wednesday night, Feb. 23 at Walker Ice Arena, the Rockford varsity hockey team took on the Crusaders from Muskegon Catholic Central in a rematch of an earlier contest, in which both teams had skated to a 4-4 tie. This night was much different. Early in the contest, Rockford got on the board when freshman Zach Schwandt deked past a defender and snuck the puck in the net past the Crusaders’ goaltender just two minutes into the contest. Ten seconds later, Rockford gave up a goal after the initial shot was stopped, and a Crusaders skater was there on the doorstep to drive it home to even the score early at one. The scoring for the Rams continued when Nathan Hill, after receiving a perfect pass from Justin Ullrey in the corner, found the back of the net to again put the Rams ahead. The rest of the period was much calmer, as both teams had scoring chances. But it was at the 1:19 mark in the first when Alex Schrotenboer converted on a rebound to score, with Zach King and Hill getting the assists. The second period continued with the Rams dominating. Only one minute into the period, Ullrey scored on a rebound after Hill’s shot was originally stopped by the Crusaders’ goalie to make the score 4-1 Rams. One of the best goals of the season came next on a Ram power play as a one-touch pass from Erik Datema to Hill to King was one-timed into the net by King. It was a thing of beauty that was great to see, knowing that a play so well run is almost impossible to defend when the opponent is a man down. The end of the second had both teams off to the locker room with the Rams up 6-1. In the third period, the Rams came out looking to light the lamp. At the beginning of the second minute of the period, Hill got loose and faked out the Crusaders defender to score an unassisted goal, putting the Rams up 7-1. Three minutes later, it looked like the Rams were going to make this a shortened game, as Ullrey got loose behind the Muskegon Catholic defense to score on a breakaway with a great […]