Tonight 5th ranked Hudsonville welcomed 8th ranked Zeeland to their new home. The teams have meet twice prior in tournament play splitting the wins, making this district game their rubber match.
The Eagles came out strong starting with Anthony Shepard winning the opening sprint. Lucas Petzold started off the scoring for the Eagles, followed with another Eagles goal by Jason Dalman, with Ethan Jones assisting both. But it was Jones’ defensive strength that neutralized Micah DeJonge, one of Zeeland’s top players, and allowed Hudsonville to hold their opponents to a scoreless first quarter, something they had been unable to do in their previous meetings.
It wasn’t until late in the second quarter, and after another Dalman goal, that Zeeland would be able to find offensive success with DeJonge connecting to Gabe Trevino on a beautifully played back-door goal. After holding Zeeland scoreless for the first 14 minutes of play, Hudsonville had the lead at the end of the half 3-1.
Zeeland fought back strong to start the third, adding an additional 2 goals, but Hudsonville was able to further pull away with 3 additional goals by Petzold, Jones, and Sheppard.
The pattern set in the third was continued into the fourth with Hudsonville again outscoring Zeeland 3-2 with Petzold finding the back of the net twice thanks to a full pool pass from goalie Gerrit Baker and a selfless break-away pass from Harrison Friar.
At the end of the fourth it was the Eagles extending their district record to 2 wins and 1 loss with a 9-5 victory over Zeeland, now with 1 win and 2 losses.
Scoring for the Eagles was lead by Lucas Petzold who had 4 goals and 1 assist along with 2 key steals. He was closely followed by Jason Dalman who put up 3 goals of his own. Ethan Jones contributed 1 goal and 2 assists to go along with his defensive play. Anthony Shepard finished off the scoring with 1. Harrison Friar was a huge asset finishing the night with 3 steals and 2 assists, along with Austin Atwood who managed to pick 2 Zeeland passes out of the air at key moments, and Caden Riegel with a quick steal that turned into a quick assist.
The Eagles JV were first on the board in their match-up with Josh Haaser drawing a 5 meter shot which Jake Benson took and made. Later in the game Zeeland had drawn their own penalty shot but they were unable to make it past freshman goalie Ethan Springer who put up a huge block. However, in the end it was Zeeland who came out victorious with the Eagles lossing 4-11.
Scoring for the Eagles was Jake Benson with 3 and Wesley Fields with 1. Springer not only managed to block a penalty shot, he also added an assist while Josh VandeGutche added the other 2. In addition to drawing the 5 meter to start the game, Josh Haaser also to lead the team in steals with 3, followed closely by Adam Simon with 2.