On Wednesday the Eagles hosted the Grandville Bulldogs, with the Eagles coming away with a 17-3 victory.
The Eagles defense dominated, forcing the Bulldogs to dump the ball or face a shot clock violation for many of their possessions. By the end of the half Hudsonville held a 13-0 lead, with 6 of those coming off of fast breaks assisted by goalie Gerrit Baker.
To start off the second half Hudsonville substituted Austin Atwood in goal, who managed to put up 3 saves and allowed 2 goals – a beautiful grab and shot by Grandville’s #16 which took everyone by surprise and the other a 5 meter penalty by #3.
The fourth quarter saw Hudsonville’s sprinter Anthony Shepard take to the goalie cage, putting up 3 saves and allowing a strong outside shot from Grandville’s #16. By the time the quarter was done and the game complete, all but one Hudsonville player had managed to get at least 1 steal.
Leading the offensive march for the Eagles was Anthony Shepard with 3 goals and 2 assists, despite donning the red cap for the last quarter. He was followed closely by Jason Dalman who also put up three goals. Lucas Petzold came away with 2 goals and 2 assists, including a fast break early in the game. Caden Riegel and Ethan Jones both added 2 to the total. Austin Atwood, Drew Boeve, Chase Miller, Josh VandeGutche, and Noah Beyer all attributed 1 each.
Since Grandville’s team is too small to field both a varsity and a jv team, varsity played first and JV was up after, facing many of the same varsity players. JV managed to put up 7 points but were unable to overcome the advantage of the Bulldog team who put up 12. Freshman goalie Ethan Springer managed to put up a huge block on a 5 meter shot taken by the same Grandville player who scored 2 out of the 3 goals during the varsity game. Jake Benson lead the scoring with 3 goals. Adam Simon managed to get his first 2 goals in a head-to-head match-up, along with Gabe Boonstra getting his first as well. Josh VandeGutche, who also played and scored during the varsity game, added another goal to his total for the night.
The varsity team has the weekend off, returning for their Senior Night at home against East Grand Rapids and then Districts, hosted by Hudsonville that weekend. The JV team will be heading to Grand Haven this weekend for the Grand Haven JV Shootout tournament.