Rockford High School Varsity Ice Hockey Team

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 […]