CADILLAC – Traverse City Central put itself right back into the thick of the Big North Conference hockey race with a 4-2 road win over Cadillac on Wednesday.
The two teams tied 6-6 earlier this season.
"Key game," Central coach Chris Givens said. "I was a little worried the guys would be a little distracted with what's coming up this weekend."
Instead, Alex Oliver put the Trojans up 1-0 in the first period on a goal set up by Cam Givens and Joe Videki.
In the second period, John Peters struck off Oliver and Derek Schrank assists and Parker Hebden scored, set up by Reilly deTar and Cooper Marshall.
Marshall scored his second of the game off a third-period Schrank assist.
Central faces Division 2 No. 1-ranked Livonia Stevenson on Friday in this weekend's North-South Showcase hosted by the Bay Reps at Centre ICE. The No. 11 Trojans play Division 1 No. 12-ranked Macomb Dakota on Saturday.
Both goals for Cadillac (7-3-1, 1-2-1 BNC) came from Patrick Briggs.
Darrell Carlisle made 23 saves for Central (7-5-1, 3-1-1 BNC).
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Ashton Lawton, John Linenger and Greg Brandt scored two goals each as Traverse City West defeated Petoskey 9-1.
Brandt's second goal of the game ended the contest with 2:26 remaining.
West was 4 for 8 on the power play.
"We got our power play cranked up," West coach Jeremy Rintala said. "It was good seeing that unit produce."
Other Titan goals came from Caleb Breithaupt, Ryan Roehler and Jacob Benker. Assists went to Jake Saxton, Ryan Fernandez, Lawton (two), Jordan Stevenson, Roehler (two), Benker, Nick Schultz, Michael Lake and Erik Anton.
West outshot Petoskey 50-5.
Tom Crampton scored on Petoskey's only shot on goal in the opening period. The Northmen managed just two shots on goal in each of the other two stanzas.
The Titans (6-8, 4-1 BNC) play Division 1 No. 14-ranked Utica Eisenhower on Friday and No. 1 Livonia Stevenson on Saturday in the North-South Showcase hosted by the Bay Reps at Centre ICE.
Kingsley prepped for its upcoming showdown with Frankfort by disposing of Buckley 61-35 in Northwest Conference play.
Autumn Goggin's 18 points, seven steals and six rebounds paced Kingsley (7-2, 4-1). Lilly Rawlings added 14 points, four assists and three steals; Lilly Travis 10 points; and Alysia Folkersma nine rebounds.
Jordyn Barley tossed in nine points for Buckley, which hosts Leland on Friday.
Kingsley travels to Frankfort on Friday.
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Leland built an 11-point lead in the first half en route to a 56-43 Northwest Conference win over Suttons Bay.
Libby Munoz led the 5-4 Comets with 20 points, nine rebounds and six assists. Caitlin McKee contributed 17 points and Jessica Fleis 15 points.
Delaney Kaufman netted 10 points for Suttons Bay.
Madalyn Balon's 20 points, five assists and four rebounds led a balanced attack as Bellaire defeated Pellston 78-23 in a Ski Valley basketball game.
Leighten Koepke contributed 18 points and six assists and Michaela Watson 12 points and 14 rebounds for the Eagles (6-2, 5-1), who host Onaway on Friday. Bellaire led 52-18 at half.
Kelly Lewis topped Pellston with eight points.
Forest Area	20
Devin Bristley's 10 points and 12 rebounds paced Onaway to a 44-20 Ski Valley basketball win over Forest Area.
Onna Hulwick scored eight points for Forest Area (1-8), which hosts Central Lake on Friday.
The Cardinals (6-3, 5-3) led 24-8 at half. Onaway travels to Bellaire on Friday.
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Gaylord St. Mary improved to 5-0 in the Ski Valley with a 40-31 win over Mancelona.
Bekah Myler netted 12 points for the Snowbirds (8-1), who host Inland Lakes on Friday. Eileene Naniseni scored 14 for Mancelona (3-4), which hosts Johannesburg-Lewiston Friday.
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Madison Showerman's 17 points and nine rebounds led Johannesburg-Lewiston past Inland Lakes 74-10 in Ski Valley play.
Brittany Cherwinski tossed in 13 points and Emily Aisthorpe 12 for the Cardinals. Madison Ewing chipped in six steals.
Kingsley wins two matches
Five Kingsley wrestlers finished the night 2-0 as the Stags beat Lake City 48-12 and Forest Area 33-20.
Going 2-0 were Max Denny at 112, Tyler Slater at 119, Richard Durecki at 145, Kelly Lark at 171 and Dustin Kerr at 215.