Central (2-1, 1-0 BNC) ended up with a 47-12 advantage in shots on Petoskey goaltender Michael Whittaker.
"We knew we were going to have to do that," Givens said. "We know Mike Whittaker well. He played midget fall league down here, so we knew he's a really good goaltender. ... If you give him a look at it, he's going to save a lot of them."
Darrell Carlisle made 10 saves in goal for Central.
Central closed out its scoring with Zach Bohrer's goal 1:05 in the third for his first varsity goal. It was set up by Reilly deTar and Derek Becker.
"We call it our 'gray' line — Zach Bohrer, Derek Becker and Reilly deTar had a couple really nice shifts, especially in the third period," Givens said. "A lot of puck possession, really efficient on the cycle and not giving the puck away when they didn't have open passing lanes. They just were really aware of keeping possession. You kill 40 or 50 seconds like that where they don't touch the puck, you don't have to worry about your defensive zone breaking down."
Petoskey's goals came from Dameon Spencer (assist by Mike Forton) and Nick Gadowski (unassisted).
"A lot of shots on our net," Northmen coach Brent Ward said. "They spent a lot of time in our zone. They move the puck well and they skate hard and make it difficult to break out of your own zone."
Petoskey (0-4, 0-1 BNC) hosts Saline on Friday, while Central and TC West head to the Upper Peninsula to play Hancock on Friday and Houghton on Saturday in the Rick Miller Memorial Tournament.
"Those are going to be tough," Givens said. "Both Hancock and Houghton are really good, veteran teams. Hancock has got something like 18 or 19 guys back from last year. I think they only lost one guy. Houghton's got 14 or 15 back from their team that got to the (quarterfinals)."