Hockey holds strong, defeats Forest Hills Northern/Eastern 2-1


Today saw the rematch of the Rangers versus Forest Hills Northern/Eastern, and the rivalry certainly lived up to the hype. The first game ended in a 4-1 loss for the Rangers after Northern/Eastern scored a quick goal in the third, making it 2-1 before scoring two empty netted goals, so there was plenty of attention on the rematch.

In the first period, both teams took some time to get settled in. No scoring would be accounted for in the period, and the game would remain tied at zeros. Penalties would be given both ways early as the Rangers went into power play four times in the game, however failing to score on any of the opportunities while also holding FHNE scoreless on their three opportunities.

Halfway through the second would see the Rangers finally open up the scoring book after sophomore Anthony Ott netted his first goal on the season, bringing the score to 1-0. The rest of the second period remained scoreless as both teams would end up firing shots that were saved both by goalies Gavin Brady and Caleb Woolery. The FHC defense, led by the three junior stars Lucas Jefferys, Connor Defouw, and Josh Smith, would also prove to be much more lethal than the offense of Northern/Eastern.

Midway through the final period of the game would see an answer from FHNE. Sam Seeber tied the game up after receiving a crisp pass from Ryan Almassian, tying the game up at 1-1. With short time on the clock, just 44 seconds, senior Jacob Campbell would net a beautiful shot, giving the Rangers a lead that they would not give up, ending in a 2-1 Ranger win.

The Rangers are now 4-7 on the season and 3-5 in conference play. They have 8 points in conference play, which now leaves them at fifth in the Baum conference. The Rangers have two more games left on the week: matchups at Lowell/Caledonia Friday and at Grand Rapids Catholic Central on Saturday.