"If we're going to lose, it might as well be to another Traverse City team," Cam Givens said. "It's a great rivalry. We just have to start a new (streak)."
West (3-4, 2-0 BNC) has now won both its league games to get a run of its own together. At 2-0, the Titans are atop the BNC. Central slips to 3-4-1 and 2-1-1 in league play.
"We were lucky enough to get a couple pucks to the net with traffic early in the game and grab a little momentum there," Rintala said. "That was huge for us, as a team that doesn't score a whole lot of goals. To start with a lead, you can play with more confidence.
"They're a good team, obviously. We knew we were going to have our hands full. They gave us all we could handle, but we were able to hang on at the end. They've been down in many games in that streak in the third period and found a way to come back and win — and they almost did it to us."
Stevenson's two goals give him three in seven games of the senior's first season on varsity.
"That kid just works hard and works hard," Rintala said. "Goes to the net and gets two — one rebound and one tip-in. Great kid, and just a great story. He was our equipment manager last year and willed his way onto the team and just keeps getting better and better. He's really coachable and a tough kid."
West's defense did a good job of keeping Central at bay. Two of the Trojans' goals were scored with an extra attacker — once on a 5-on-3 power play and later with their goalie pulled. Titan forwards were also able to get the puck deep and forechecked to keep Central on the defensive for stretches.
Carlisle and Lacharite both said the outdoor ice wasn't much of a factor in the contest.
"It wasn't that big of a difference," Lacharite said. "The ice might have been a little soft, but other than that, everything was perfect. It couldn't have been any better."