The Rockford Rams varsity hockey team faced off against archrival and nemesis, the East Kentwood Falcons, on Wednesday, Feb. 24 on their home ice, and skated away with a hard-earned 4-3 victory. “This was a another true team effort that resulted in a well-deserved win for us. Everyone skated hard, played their positions and never let up. I’m very proud of the boys tonight. They earned it,” said Head Coach Ed Van Porfliet. The only scoring in the first period was a Falcons breakaway goal at the 1:42 mark, as they ran their cherry picker strategy the entire game and were able to get through on this one. Period two saw Rockford senior forward Eric Conroy even things up with a nice netter at the 13:17 mark, making it a tie game at 1-1. Assists came from senior defenseman Drake Veitenheimer and senior forward Jake Chaffee. The Rams roared back again, igniting a large and supportive crowd at the 11:19 mark with a beautiful goal from junior defenseman Eric Datema with the assist going to senior forward Cody Cantu. The Rams continued to pound away in the second when junior forward Ben Glass put one in the Falcons’ net, making it 3-1 Rams with 7:16 seconds left in the period. Assists went to Conroy and Chaffee. The action continued with East Kentwood coming back and capitalizing on the power play advantage, scoring at the 4:14 mark, and cutting the Rams’ lead back to one. The Ram charge continued in the second as Chaffee found the back of the Falcon net unassisted with 3:26 left to play, again putting the Rams up by two at 4-2 to close the period. The third period had the Rams’ penalty-killing unit work overtime, as Rockford took three penalties within seven minutes of each other, finally giving up a Falcons power play goal with 5:57 seconds left in the game, making it 4-3 Rams. Unfortunately for East Kentwood, they were hit with a taunting penalty after their score, putting the Rams on the power play. Good, solid, defensive skating combined with some breathtaking saves from junior goalie Taylor Newton was all Rockford needed to seal the victory at Rams 4, Falcons 3. On their last game of […]
Rockford Rams Varsity Hockey Team
The Rockford Rams varsity hockey team won a well-deserved overtime victory against the Crusaders of Muskegon Catholic Central on Tuesday night, Feb. 16, at Lakeshore Arena in Muskegon. The Crusaders put the first point on the board with 13:19 left in the first period while on the power play. Although the Rams took another penalty later in the period with 2:15 left, the Rams’ penalty kill unit managed to keep it 1-0 Crusaders. Period two saw penalties coming and going from both teams. The Rams, with a five-on-three power play advantage, fired back at the 7:54 mark as senior forward Cody Cantu found the back of the Crusaders’ net, assisted by junior forward Thomas Soupal. This made it a 1-1 contest. Barely 47 seconds later, the Rams struck again, when senior forward Jake Chaffee scored at the 7:07 mark, putting the Rams up 2-1. Assisting Chaffee on the score was senior forward Eric Conroy and junior defenseman Mike VanderVelde. Unfortunately the Crusaders struck back with 1:02 left, to close the period at 2-2. The third period saw both teams come out for the win with hard skating, great goaltending and good physical play. However, overtime was right around the corner, with period three ending at 2-2. Overtime was fast and furious as the Rams started one man down on the penalty kill. After the Rams successfully killed it off, it was time for Muskegon Catholic Central to take a penalty, and they did just that, allowing junior forward Eric Datema to clinch the Ram victory with a nice power play goal at the 4:57 mark. Assisting Datema on the game sealer was senior defensemen Robert Perry and Chaffee. Kudos must be given to junior net-minder Taylor Newton for a stellar performance, as the Crusaders put 30 shots on net versus 26 for the Rams. The Rams’ next contest is Wednesday, Feb. 24, against the Kentwood Falcons at Walker Ice & Fitness Center. Game time is 7:00 p.m.
On Friday night, Feb. 12, the Rockford Rams varsity hockey team played the East Grand Rapids Pioneers for the second time this season. And for the second time this season, Rockford skated away with a well-earned victory. The Rams beat the Pioneers decisively in their first meeting, and the expectation was East Grand Rapids (EGR) wanted a little revenge. However, that was not the case, as the Rams’ hard skating, smart play and solid teamwork earned them a 3-1 win. Although the first period seemed to have momentum a little more in EGR’s favor, it ended with neither team putting a puck in the net. Period two saw the Rams pick up the pace, as senior forward Noah Greco found the back of the Pioneers’ net at the 13:33 mark with an assist from junior forward Eric Datema, making it 1-0 Rams. Penalties followed and forced the Rams to play short-handed twice. However, the penalty kill unit gave the Pioneers nothing. After the penalties cleared on both sides, the Pioneers scored with 2:11 remaining, making it tie game at 1-1. The Rams were not done for the period and gained the lead back when senior Jake Chaffee scored at the 1:08 mark with a nice assist from senior forward Eric Conroy, closing the second period at 2-1 Rams. Third period action saw both teams fight hard to earn the win. The Rams answered the Pioneers’ pressure when Greco scored his second goal of the night at the 8:02 mark, assisted by senior forward Robert Perry. Although the Rams found themselves on the penalty kill again with 4:30 seconds remaining in the contest, hard defensive team play and excellent goaltending by senior Christian Van Portfliet kept the Pioneers scoreless and sealed the Rockford win, ending the contest at 3-1 Rams. The Rams’ next contest is Tuesday, Feb. 16 against Muskegon Catholic Central at Lakeshore Arena in Muskegon. Game time is 5:00 p.m.
On Wednesday evening, Dec. 23, the Rams varsity hockey team traveled to Lake Shore Arena in Muskegon to take on Reeths Puffer High School. Coming off two very close conference losses, the Rams were looking for a little revenge and they got it, pounding Reeths Puffer with 51 shots on goal for a decisive and solid 8-2 win. Reeths Puffer managed only 15 shots on Ram goalie Christian Van Portfliet. This was another true Ram team effort, as 11 of 15 skaters contributed either a goal, assist or both. A big game was had by sophomore forward Ben Glass as he racked up two goals and two assists for the night. Right on his heels with a great performance came senior forward Alex Fox with two goals and an assist. Also contributing in both scoring and passing was senior forward Noah Greco with a goal and an assist. Scoring continued to pour in from more Rams as senior forward and team captain Jake Chaffee, senior forward Jon Miller and senior forward Eric Conroy all found the Reeths Puffer net open for scoring with one goal apiece. Skaters setting up goals with nice assists had senior forward and team captain Robert Perry giving two, and junior forward Eric Datema contributing two as well. Rounding out the assists with one apiece and great efforts were senior defensemen Drake Veitenheimer and Geoff Garman and junior forward Thomas Soupal. The Rams’ next contest was a holiday tournament in Big Rapids at Ferris State University. The Rams faced off against Jackson Lumen Christi on Tuesday, Dec.29, followed by Big Rapids on Wednesday, Dec. 30. Watch the Squire for results of these games. As always, the Rams varsity hockey team would like to thank everyone for their continued support.
The Rams varsity hockey team lost a heartbreaker Wednesday night, Dec. 16, to cross-town rival Forest Hills Northeastern 5-4 in a hard-fought game that went into overtime. The first period was all fast-paced, hard-hitting, non-stop skating play as both teams played hard at both ends of the ice. Rockford finally broke the pace when senior forward Alex Fox found an opening on the left side of the Forest Hills Northeastern (FHN) net and scored at the 6:19 mark with a nice rebound goal. This closed out the period at 1-0, Rams. Period two found the Rams in penalty trouble early, giving the Hawks the power play advantage several times, which allowed the Hawks to score for the first time at 11:22, making it a 1-1 game. Momentum appeared to swing in favor of the Hawks, as they took a 2-1 lead with another score at the 7:18 mark. As the penalties continued to flow from both teams, it was the Rams’ time to take advantage. Junior forward Zach King scored for the Rams at the 6:21 mark with a nice assist from senior forward Cody Cantu, making it an even game at 2-2. A series of Hawk penalties gave the Rams a 5-3 power play advantage, allowing Cantu to put one in the net at the 3:53 mark with help from junior forward Thomas Soupal and King as period two ended at 3-2, Rams. Third period action started with senior defenseman and team captain Robert Perry finding the net with a nice goal at 13:22 of the period, giving the Rams a 4-2 lead. Unfortunately Ram penalties crept back into the contest, allowing FHN a power play score with 9:29 left, putting it at 4-3 Rams. After finding themselves on the penalty kill again, the Rams put on a defensive show for the next several minutes and kept the Hawks from scoring, finally getting back to full strength at the 6:00 mark. As the clock wound down, it appeared the Rams would close this one out with a victory, but it was not to be had, as FHN scored with :54 seconds left in the game to tie it up 4-4 and send it into eight minutes of overtime play. Although this was a hard-fought […]