The Eagles soar over the Rangers


The Rangers embarked on their revenge tour as they took on Grand Rapids Christian at Patterson Ice Center last night. The boys were hopeful of a large win after the brutal comeback they allowed last time around. Unfortunately, the Eagles played a phenomenal game, leading to their second win over the Rangers.

Sophomore stud, Eli Lipke reflected on this disappointing game. “I feel like no one on the team was locked in, including myself. It was very frustrating last night, but that’s in the past. We have a very important stretch of games coming up before playoffs and we need to take advantage of them. I feel if we play as we did against Mona and EGR we can be set up for great success. But we can’t afford any mental lapses like last night. I know the team has what it takes but it’s time to clock in and not clock back out for two months.” Lipke said.

The team only put the puck in the net once on the night, with senior captain Sammy Mielock’s strong wrister making its way past the Eagles’ goalie. Although he had one hiccup, the GRC goalie had an immaculate game, shutting down a plethora of hard shots on goal. To match the impeccable defense, GRC’s offense found the nylon six times, all with top-tier plays to fool the Ranger goalies. With that, the score came out to be 6-1 in favor of the Eagles, which leaves the Rangers with a lot of of behind-the-sceness work to prepare for the rest of the year.

“We’re going to reflect back on the game and figure out what we need to work on as a team,” fellow sophomore defenseman Henry Vonk explained when asked how the team will bounce back from this tough loss. “Leading up to the next game we have to hit the grindstone in practice and dial in.”

However losing twice in a row, the Rangers are bound to take down Jenison and Kenowa Hills this coming weekend. The Wildcats of Jenison host the Rangers on Friday, January 20, and the Rangers are traveling to Kenowa Hills on Saturday, January 21.