ALPENA — Traverse City West made Friday's long hockey trip worthwhile.
The Titans came back from Alpena with a 4-1 Big North Conference over the Division 3 No. 9-ranked Wildcats.
"It was our most complete game of the year," West coach Jeremy Rintala said. "We got the forecheck going early and were able to get traffic out front and were able to bang a few home."
The Titans never trailed in the game, going up early on a John Linenger goal off a Jake Saxton assist 9:54 into the first period.
Nick Schultz and Saxton made it 3-0 after two periods, with Ryan Roehler, Jeff Linenger, Alec Carruth and Schultz drawing assists.
Ryan Basel tacked on a third-period goal off a Nick Featherstone assist.
Carter Edmondson made 21 saves for West, which outshot Alpena 39-22. West plays Traverse City Central next Wednesday.
"We're getting better and better and heading in the right direction," Rintala said.
Midland Dow 5 Bay Reps 2
Midland Dow scored three unanswered third-period goals to notch a 5-2 win over the Bay Reps.
The Reps had tied it up 2-2 on Nick Sicinski's short-handed goal off a Zach Hill assist.
Sicinski had their first goal as well, scoring a power-play marker off a Nate Wilson set up.
Jay Jones made 19 saves for the Reps, who host Tri-Valley today at 1 p.m. at Centre ICE.
Alpena 59 TC Central 54
Luke Cordes led Alpena with 20 points in a 59-54 Big North Conference win over Traverse City Central.
The Trojans (1-3, 1-1 BNC) were paced by Taylor Cook's 14 points, while Ethan Pilarski and Tanner Kenny each had 13 points.
Alpena won the JV game 45-31, despite 10 points from Central's Jackson Schrameyer.
The Trojans won the freshman game 48-25, led by 16 points from Alex Everts and 11 by Mason Houston.
Petoskey 38 Cadillac 33
Erik Davenport scored 16 points as Petoskey topped Cadillac 38-33 in the Big North Conference opener for both teams.
Quinn Ameel added 10 points for the Northmen (4-0, 1-0 BNC).
Nick Paquet had eight points and Ben Mackey seven for the Vikings (3-1, 0-1 BNC), who travel Tuesday to Traverse City West.