After a tough and injury-plagued regular season, the Rockford Rams varsity hockey team had a great three-game post-season run in district regionals, finally falling to Traverse City West, 3-1, on Saturday afternoon, March 6 at Ferris State University. Round one, played on Monday, March 1, had the Rams face a very determined Creston City team. The Rams easily got past Creston City 10-0, with the game ending after two periods. Round two brought a huge post-season highlight, as the Rams again found themselves facing their archrival, the East Kentwood Falcons, on Wednesday, March 3 at home. Everyone knew this was a big one, especially since the Rams knocked the Falcons down to Tier II next year after beating them in regular season game on February 24, 4-3. In front of a very large and supportive crowd of parents, families, friends and students, the Rams moved on to round three, beating the Falcons in a real thriller, 5-3. In period one, the Falcons came out skating for revenge as both teams felt each other out. Each team took three total penalties, as it proved to be a back-and-forth battle until senior forward Jake Chaffee scored on the Ram power play at the 1:18 mark, making it 1-0 Rams to end the period. Period two had the Rams starting on the penalty kill. As both teams continued to be put in the box, the Falcons finally capitalized on the mayhem with a power play score at the 3:46 mark, making it a tie game. However, the Rams roared back and ignited the crowd when senior forward Alex Fox, positioned perfectly at the side of the Falcons’ net, put one in for the Rams at the 2:59 mark, making it 2-1 Rams. Unfortunately, the Falcons struck back and evened the score again less than a minute later, ending the very heated and hectic second period, 2-2. Period three was “do or die” and both teams knew it. The losing team was done for the season and it was going to be the last game for their seniors. The Rams scored early at the 13:16 mark when senior defenseman Robert Perry made it 3-2 Rams. After a Falcon penalty barely a minute later, the power play door opened for […]
Rockford Rams Hockey Team
The Rams varsity hockey team split a pair of games last weekend, Jan. 8-9, at the annual Walker Classic. Although both were hard-fought games against very formidable opponents, the Rams lost their first game Friday night, Jan. 8, to the always tough and top-ranked Grandville Bulldogs 5-2. The first seven minutes of play started out well for the Rams, as they actually dominated play and puck control, keeping the game in the Bulldogs’ zone for what appeared to be a good match-up early on. However, the Bulldogs’ strong offensive fire power opened up at the nine-minute mark with a quick score to make it 0-1, Bulldogs. A Ram holding penalty with three minutes left in the period found the Rams down a player and on the penalty kill, allowing Grandville to score again at the 2:31 mark. Momentum was all Bulldogs for the remainder of the period as they got another one past Ram goalie Christian Van Portfliet 35 seconds later to end the period up on the Rams, 3-0. Period two had the Rams sharper, as senior forward Noah Greco found the back of the Bulldogs’ net at 8:19 into the period on a well-executed breakout pass play with senior forward Cody Cantu and senior defenseman Geoff Garman on the assist, finally putting the Rams on the scoreboard at 1-3. Unfortunately Grandville came right back two minutes later with another goal and maintained their three-point lead the remainder of the period. The third period saw good hard action from both teams with no scoring until the Bulldogs managed another score with 7:06 remaining, adding to their already strong lead at 5-1, Grandville. The Rams continued the hard fight the remainder of the game and fortunately managed another point as sophomore forward Ben Glass scored with 19 seconds left in the contest with assists from senior forward Cantu and junior forward Thomas Soupal, closing out the contest at Grandville 5, Rockford 2. Saturday, Jan. 9, had the Rams in the Walker Classic consolation game against the Kenowa Hills Knights, resulting in a well-deserved 7-4 Ram victory. The Rams came out fast-paced and hard-hitting in a game that belonged to junior forward Eric Datema, as he scored the hat trick for the Rams with 6:17 still […]
The Rockford Rams hockey team opened the Big Rapids holiday tournament with an afternoon contest against the Jackson Lumen Christi Titans at Ferris State University ice arena. The Titans scored first on a screened shot from the point that Rockford senior goalie Christian VanPortfliet never had a chance on. Rockford answered less than three minutes later when junior Thomas Soupal poked in a loose puck off a scramble in front of the Jackson net. The goal was assisted by Erik Datema and junior Zach King. The teams battled hard, exchanging chances until King scored on a beautiful backhand shot from a bad angle, giving the Rams the lead. The goal was assisted by Soupal and Datema. The Titans evened it at 2-2 with 36 seconds left in the second period with a power play goal on a tipped shot from the point. The Rams again took the lead on a goal from Eric Conroy with an assist from Noah Greco. Jackson again evened it up on yet another power play goal midway through the third. The Rams went ahead for good with senior Alex Fox blasting a one-timer off a great pass from Soupal past the Titan goalie. Senior Jake Chaffee added an empty-net goal to put the game away. The win put the Rams into the championship game against the Big Rapids Cardinals, who defeated Wyandotte/Roosevelt in overtime. The championship game began with Big Rapids scoring late in the first period after both teams fought hard throughout the opening period. As the second period opened, Big Rapids forward Seth Adams picked up a turnover and scored on a breakaway, giving the Cardinals a 2-0 lead. The Rams kept battling and cut the lead to one with Chaffee banging in a rebound off a shot by Greco just after the Rams had killed off a Big Rapids power play. The lead stayed at one only due to a great save by goalie VanPortfliet with just 25 seconds left in the second period. The Rams fought hard in the third period, but were unable to get one past the Big Rapids goalie. Big Rapids won 2-1. Rockford seniors Eric Conroy and Robert Perry were both recognized with awards for outstanding play for both games.
The varsity basketball Lady Rams’ Kimberly Weston (#3) gets a shot off to the basket while guarded by West Ottawa’s Ingrid Gallegos (#2) and Stacy Chandonnet (#42). The December 18 home game was close through all four quarters, but Rockford played their best in the final minutes and were able to over come the Panthers by a score of 49-43. The Lady Rams next play Grandville at home on Tuesday, Jan. 5 at 7 p.m.