FROM STAFF REPORTS
ALPENA — Traverse City Central put the wraps on its second consecutive unbeaten Big North Conference hockey season Monday night with a 6-3 win at Alpena.
The Trojans finished 10-0 and in the process stretched their league unbeaten streak to 21 games. Central's last Big North loss was to Gaylord in overtime on Feb. 9, 2011.
"Going 10-0 back to back, I don't know if that's ever been done before," Trojans coach Chris Givens said. "At the beginning of the season, the boys talked about wanting to keep that streak intact. It's not an easy thing to do."
Five different Trojans scored goals in Monday's win. Cam Givens netted two while Nico Saco, Mitchell Ward, Alex Oliver and Jon Russell had one each. Two of the goals came on power plays.
Cooper Macdonell finished with three assists and Brady Brantley two.
TC West 38 Alpena 28
Traverse City West outscored Alpena 13-3 in the fourth quarter to pull out a 38-28 Big North Conference win.
The win keeps the Titans league title hopes alive. West is 6-2. Petoskey and Cadillac have one loss each. The Titans host Petoskey on Thursday and travel to Cadillac next Tuesday.
"We're still mathematically in it," West coach Dave Ginsberg said. "But we have two really tough teams coming up."
West (6-9 overall) used a strong fourth quarter to earn the win Monday.
"We finished strong," Ginsberg said. "Our defense got better and better as the game went on."
Kimmy Bilinski paced the Titans with 12 points, all in the second half. Jess Kalbfleisch added 10 while Kate Placek had nine points and eight rebounds.
West won the JV game 40-27 as Hannah Mead scored 10 points and Kari Cannon nine. Erica Whiting pulled down nine rebounds. Alpena won the freshman game 39-28. Makenna Mattson scored 11 points for the Titans.
Benzie Central 56 Buckley 27
Makayla Huddleston netted 19 points as Benzie Central posted a 56-27 Northwest Conference win over Buckley.
Mary Warsecke added 12 points while Jordan Nye finished with 10 rebounds, nine steals and seven assists for the Huskies (8-6, 6-3). Marlee Harris had eight points for Buckley (5-9)
Forest Area 71 Central Lake 43
Justin Burke's 27 points powered Forest Area to a 71-43 Ski Valley win over Central Lake.
Austin Vance added 15 points and seven rebounds for the Warriors (9-3, 8-2).
Will Brockman's 25 points and 11 rebounds led Central Lake.
Bellaire 55 Suttons Bay 35
Denny Hall tossed in 18 points and Mitch Teetzel 16 as Bellaire remained unbeaten with a 55-35 win over Suttons Bay. Logan Mikesell had 13 and Aaron Orban 11 for the Norse (3-8).
Ludington 69 Benzie Central 59
Jacob Schoon led a balanced attack with 15 points as Ludington downed Benzie Central 69-59.
Corey Weaver's double-double — 22 points, 20 rebounds — paced Benzie (5-7). Nate Oren added 16 points and Ismael Halaweh 11.
Lake Leelanau St. Mary 58 Grand Traverse Academy 41
Drew Pobuda's 18 points and 20 rebounds led Lake Leelanau St. Mary to its first win, a 58-41 decision over Grand Traverse Academy
Brandon McSawby added 13 and Jack Garthe 12 for the Eagles (1-12). Max Boothroyd had 14 for the Mustangs.
Alanson 62 Burt Lake NMCA 58
Burt Lake NMCA dropped to 6-6 with a 62-58 loss to Alanson.
Jake Lovitt netted 27 points and Aaron Chatfield 24 points for Burt Lake.