TRAVERSE CITY — A little game management went a long way for Traverse City West.
The Titans moved their Senior Night presentation from before the game to afterward, and coach Jeremy Rintala said he was happy with the results as West notched a 5-2 win over Cadillac to wrap up second place in the Big North Conference.
“It’s always nerve-wracking coming into Senior Night,” Rintala said. “We used to always have the ceremony before the game, and it would kind of throw off our routine. So we thought it was a good idea to have it after, and it seemed to work out well. Guys could just focus on the game, and then afterward have a nice moment.”
All three Titans seniors who played put up points in the victory.
“Before the game kind of distracts from the game a little bit,” West senior captain John Linenger said. “You get your mind off things. It’s good to focus before.”
Linenger had two goals and three points, while fellow senior forward Nick Schultz had a goal and an assist and senior defender Caleb Breithaupt added an assist.
“John Linenger had a nice tip for a goal,” Rintala said. “Nick Schultz got on the board with a nice back-door play. Caleb Breithaupt made a great play on the D-to-D pass on the power play and Jacob Benker finished it off. All three played well.”
The fourth Titan senior, Jordan Stevenson, missed the game with a concussion, but participated in the post-game ceremony.
West (10-14, 7-3 NBC) didn’t waste any time getting ahead on the scoreboard, as Linenger poked one past Connor Kassuba 36 ticks into the contest. Jake Saxton drew an assist. It was the first of two times the Titans would light the lamp in a period’s first minute.