Traverse City Record-Eagle


December 19, 2013

West tops Central 4-3 in Detroit outdoor game


Central came back and had 39 seconds of 5-on-3 after a pair of West penalties. Alex Oliver scored with four ticks of 5-on-3 left to make it 3-1.

West re-established its three-goal cushion with a Gavin Garmhausen goal off an Ashton Lawton assist with 7:41, which resulted in the Trojans putting Darrell Carlisle in goal in place of Boyce. At the point, Central was outshooting West 22-11.

"We can't give up four goals on 11 shots," Central coach Chris Givens said. "It doesn't matter who we're playing, you're not going to win games that way. But their goaltender played a really good game and stopped some good chances. We played well enough to win. It's not like we had a bad effort. At times we had really good, sustained pressure down there and he came up with some big things. We certainly played well enough to win."

Carlisle — who was playing on his 15th birthday — and Boyce each made seven saves on the day. Lacharite came up with 32 stops.

Central pulled within two goal when Cam Givens converted a 2-on-1 rush with Parker Hebden with 6:14 remaining.

With an extra attacker on the ice, Givens made it 4-3 when he took a shot just as some of the stadium's lights turned off with 37 seconds left. Hebden drew another assist on that goal.

"Board play was huge," Cam Givens said. "There were a lot of lost battles along the boards that West capitalized on. Give-aways were huge. But as the game went on, we got back to our game plan. Once we realized a lot of the game was going to be played along the walls, we got a handle on it and started to make some plays."

The TC West win also snapped Central's 24-game Big North Conference unbeaten streak, a run that extends back to the 2010-11 season.

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