Hockey falls short in tight battle versus Catholic Central


A one-game week of hockey flashes fans back to a very familiar opponent. Saturday, the boys would face off with Grand Rapids Catholic Central; the seniors on FHC and their battles with Catholic Central span back to last year when the Cougars knocked off FHC in the regional finals.

Although sophomore goalie Peter Nemmers deflected many shots early on, CC would open up the scoring column quickly on a defensive breakdown. In the second period, freshman Rocco Gonzalez knocked in a loose puck for the first and only goal of the night for FHC. With solid defense throughout the game and staying strong on man-down situations, the Rangers forced overtime with the Cougars. Unfourtanley, for FHC, an icing would bring CC into its territory, as this drew a face-off that C.C would win and use to get the final goal of the game to win 2-1.

The Rangers have managed to keep games close all year long as they now drop to 6-6. However, in the past few games, the power play offense and defense have continued to improve and provide success for the Rangers, and senior captain Lucas Jeffreys has noticed.

“Over the last weekend out offensive kicked it into gear and gave us our first mercy of the year to Lowell/California,” Jeffreys spoke. “Our strong defense and goaltending kept a low score to Jenison. With that, our penalty kill had two goals that game generated by Anthony Ott.”

The Rangers will move on to face Kenowa Hills on Wednesday and play Muskegon Mona Shores on Friday.