Rockford Rams Hockey

Rockford Varsity Hockey takes 3 out of 4 points during the January 16-17 weekend

January 30, 2015 // 0 Comments

The Rockford Rams Varsity Hockey team continues to roll, despite a rash of injuries. Rockford tied Grandville 2-2 on Friday, January 16 and beat Hudsonville 7-6 in OT on Saturday, January 17.   Rockford headed into the Friday night contest against Grandville without forward Brad Dertien who suffered a shoulder injury against Mona Shores a few nights earlier. With Dertien out, the coaching staff knew they would need to juggle lines in order to compete against a tough Grandville Bulldogs squad. Grandville held a 1-0 lead after the first period. In the middle period, both teams scored; John Filipiak netted Rockford’s first goal of the game (with Jarrett Ullrey picking up the lone helper). The second period brought new challenges for the Rams as both Filipiak and Tanner Vesche went to the locker room with game-ending injuries. The Rockford coaches reacted by moving defensemen Ullrey and Nik Baumgardner to forward leaving only four skaters on the blueline for the remainder of the game.   Despite the adversity, Rockford responded. Grandville saw their 2-1 lead disappear midway through the third period when Jacob McNamara sniped the game-tying goal into the top left corner (Ullrey and Brandon Perry assisted). The two teams remained scoreless the rest of the period and through the 8-minute overtime session. When the final horn sounded, the scoreboard read Rockford 2, Grandville 2. Ram goalie Brendan Coolbaugh made 29 saves on 31 shots in the tie.   All three injured Rockford players were scratched for the Saturday matinee contest against Hudsonville. The coaches responded by again moving Ullrey and Baumgardner up front and going with four defensemen.   Rockford started hot, scoring the first four goals of the game. Baumgardner opened the scoring 78 seconds into the contest (unassisted). Brock Johnson scored two (the first assisted by Braden King and the second assisted by King and Perry) and Taylor Edgecomb netted one (assisted by Brendan Kennedy and Connor Foss). Midway through the first Rockford held a 4-0 advantage. Hudsonville, however, would not go quietly. The Eagles responded by scoring the final two goals in the first period and four unanswered goals in the second. After 34 minutes of play, Rockford trailed 6-4.   The Rams were energized in the third period, controlling much […]

Rams hockey bounces back with solid win

January 27, 2011 // 0 Comments

Coming off a game they would like to forget Wednesday, Jan. 19, the Rams came out Saturday night, Jan. 22, against Forest Hills Central (FHC) with something to prove. Both teams started out fast and physical, but Rockford, while killing off the game’s first penalty, saw Nathan Hill get loose on a breakaway and blast a shot through the Ranger goalie’s five hole to put the Rams up 1-0. Less than two minutes later, Rockford put another score on the board when Zach Schwandt buried the puck in the back of the net after a perfect pass through the slot from Austin Cantu. Ben Glass got the rush started on that goal with a great outlet pass to Cantu to start the two-on-one breakaway. With the Rams up 2-0, they continued the pressure on the Rangers when, again, the freshman Schwandt went top shelf on the FHC goalie to go up 3-0. Cantu again got the assist along with Glass. The visiting Rockford crowd was fired up as the Rams left the ice for the first intermission with a three-goal lead. The second period started out with the Rams controlling the puck in the FHC zone for the opening couple minutes. With 14:35 on the clock, Rockford’s Eric Datema fired it home after a great pass from behind the net from Glass and Justin Ullrey. The Rangers finally got on the board after a shot from FHC. Tyler Brewer shot a rocket just to the short side of the Rockford net, which caromed off the glass to a waiting FHC forward, who one-timed it into the net. With 2:51 left in the second, Zach Vandawater bounced one off the leg of a Ranger defenseman into the net. Jacob Smyth got the assist with some gritty work in front of the net to gain possession for the Rams. The final goal of the period came on a breakaway by the very quick Cam Pulling for the Rangers, as he snuck it in five hole on the Rockford goalie, to make the score Rockford 5, FHC 2. Through three periods, Rockford outshot the Rangers 23-12. In the beginning of the final period, neither team seemed to get in an offensive flow as they both traded penalties, which […]

Rams hockey showcases win 7-3 over East Grand Rapids

December 10, 2009 // 0 Comments

“A true team win—every line and every player contributed tonight,” summarized Head Coach Ed Van Portfliet of an impressive 7-3 Rams varsity hockey victory Saturday night, Dec. 5, against the always tough East Grand Rapids Pioneers. The game was part of the Tier 1 Showcase Tournament, pairing all the Tier 1 high school hockey teams in West Michigan and “showcasing” them in games of tournament play. The Rams were the last contest of the night and truly showcased their depth of talented and skilled players. Although down two players due to injury, everyone was called on to play hard and contribute, and everyone answered that call. The Rams struck first and hard in period one, as they found themselves up 3-0 with 6:13 still left in the period. Senior defenseman Geoff Garman found the net first with a shot from the blue line off a nice face-off assist from senior forward Jon Miller and junior forward Zach King. King put it right back in the net at the 6:28 mark, unassisted, only to be followed by a Cody Cantu goal 15 seconds later with assists from sophomore forward Ben Glass and senior forward Alex Fox, making it 3-0 Rams. The Rams kept the Pioneers in check until the 3:18 mark, when East Grand Rapids scored to put it 3-1. The Pioneers continued to fight back in the first period and scored again on a power play, making it 3-2 Rams at the end of period one. The depth and talent of the Rams was truly showcased in the second period, as the offensive line of Miller, King and junior Alex Schrotenboer really came together and poured it on the Pioneers. Van Portfliet echoed this after the game as he stated, “Although a true team effort, I was very pleased and impressed by this line tonight. They really shined for us.” Although starting period two down a player on the penalty kill, the Rams hit the Pioneers with three goals in 34 seconds, as senior forward Cantu stole the puck from three Pioneers in the front of their net and put it in at the 2:42 mark, really charging up the crowd. Twelve seconds later, forward Schrotenboer charged the net and put one in along with […]