Traverse City Record-Eagle

January 5, 2013

Prep Hockey Roundup: 01/05/2013


TRAVERSE CITY — Traverse City Central improved to 4-0 in the Big North Conference with a 4-3 hockey win Friday over Alpena.

The Trojans (11-1 overall) outshot the Wildcats 42-13.

"We played hard," Trojans coach Chris Givens said. "I thought we did a good job finishing checks, making plays, but I give a lot of credit to (Alpena goalie) Brett Letourneau. He was sharp. This was not an easy win."

Jared Kwiatkowski netted all three Alpena goals, two on the power play. He put the Wildcats up 1-0 in the first period. Central responded with a Connor McGraw goal off an assist from Jon Russell.

The Trojans took the lead for good in the second period when Cam Givens tallied off a Nico Saco assist.

Givens made it 3-1, converting off assists from Saco and Cooper Macdonell.

Kwiatkowski's second power play goal closed the gap to 3-2, but Russell followed with an unassisted goal to make it 4-2.

Kwiatkowski closed out the scoring with 2:13 left.

Bill Vermetten had 10 saves for Central.

TC West      4 Petoskey      3

Jake Saxton scored with 28 seconds left in overtime to give Traverse City West a 4-3 victory over Big North Conference foe Petoskey.

Max Jenner drew an assist on the game-winning goal.

Petoskey had tied it up 3-3 on a Ken Forton goal with 3:40 left in regulation.

West's Keeler Steele scored a first-period, power-play goal, but the Northmen knotted it up on Ben Schwartzfisher's second-period goal and went up 2-1 on a Mike Forton goal early in the third.

One minute later, Jenner scored off a Saxton assist and Ryan Fernandez put the Titans ahead 3-2 with a Michael Lake assist with 6:38 remaining.

Carter Edmondson made 27 saves for West, while Mike Whittaker had 31 for Petoskey.

TC West (3-8, 2-1 BNC) hosts Alpena today at 1 p.m.

Tri Valley      7 Bay Reps      2

Tri Valley avenged a 4-2 loss to the Bay Reps earlier this season with a 7-2 victory in Midland.

Zach Hill and Trevor Apsey scored goals for the Reps, while Jay Jones made 13 saves.

The Reps (3-9) host the Mid-Michigan Storm tonight in their first Northern Michigan Hockey League contest of the season.