TRAVERSE CITY — It was a good news, bad news night for the Traverse City West Titan hockey team Wednesday.
The good news: Junior Nick Schultz scored two goals, and senior Carter Edmondson was strong in net, as the Titans skated past Petoskey 6-1 in a Big North Conference contest.
The bad news: Junior Trevor Franklin, who just rejoined the team last month after suffering a broken vertebrae in a November car crash, was crunched into the boards with 10 minutes left and had to be taken from the ice by stretcher.
"He lost consciousness," West coach Jeremy Rintala said. "It's probably a serious concussion. With the back injury he had (from the accident), we were really worried that it could be something more serious. But it seemed like he had movement and wasn't feeling a lot of pain. We're hoping (for the best)."
The incident put a damper on the Senior Night victory at Howe Arena.
West, which has won three in a row, scored twice in the first period and never looked back. Schultz netted the first goal off an assist from John Linenger. Max Jenner then knocked in a rebound with 6:50 left in the period with Jeff Lingener drawing the assist.
It went to 3-0 midway through the second period when Dan Henderson scored on the power play, assisted by Jake Saxton.
That's where it stood when Franklin went down after a hit along the boards. Petoskey was called for a five-minute major for boarding and the Titans responded with two quick power-play goals — one by Keeler Steele, the other by Schultz on rebound. Luke Piotrowski and Henderson assisted on Steele's tally. Henderson picked up the lone assist on the Schultz goal.
Petoskey avoided a shutout with 2:11 remaining when Luke Pomranke scored.