2018-01-11 / Sports

Hockey team starts off new year on hot streak

By Brandon Pope
810-452-2651 • bpope@mihomepaper.com

Davison’s Allen Hughson corrals the puck along the blue line against Alliance on Dec. 6. 
Photo by Brandon Pope Davison’s Allen Hughson corrals the puck along the blue line against Alliance on Dec. 6. Photo by Brandon Pope FLINT – The Cardinals’ varsity hockey team fell behind early but then quickly stormed back to take a dominant 7-1 win over the FNV Griffins (Freeland/Saginaw Nouvel/Saginaw Valley Lutheran) on Saturday.

After allowing an FNV goal, Jeffrey Schmidt evened things with the help of Allen Hughson in the first period.

In the second period, the Cards began to open up the offense. Jeffrey Schmidt netted a goal assisted by Jourdan Schmidt, before Dylan McMullen buried a power-play goal with a helper from Gage Thrall.

Thrall then netted a power-play tally with the help of Jeffrey Schmidt. Jourdan Schmidt opened the scoring in the final frame on a great setup from Brendan Keelin before Thrall finished off the show. He scored with the help of Jeffrey Schmidt and then added the final goal of the game with assists from Caleb Maville and Dylan McMullen.

Dominic Wendel stopped 18 of the 19 FNV shots that came his way in net.

The Cardinals opened up the Saginaw Valley League schedule last Wednesday with a 2-1 win over Midland Dow at the Dort Federal Event Center.

After a scoreless first period, the two teams each scored once in the second and Davison got the game-winner in the final frame.

Both goals were netted by Thrall, as the Cards went on to out-shoot the Chargers, 25-19. Thrall’s first goal was the equalizer with help from Jeffrey Schmidt and Jake McCatty. His game winner came on a quality setup from Allen Hughson and Tommy Goyette.

“Good start to SVL play as we move forward to a much-needed tougher schedule,” said Davison coach Doug Towler. “We played very solid maybe our best of the season. Goaltending of Noah Hall was solid. Allen Hughson, Luke Pastor and Tommy Goyette were very responsible on “D” while Freshman Caleb Manville and Brendan Keelin continue to develop.

“Gage Thrall is a tough match-up every night on offense. I like the way Jourdan Schmidt has found that he can be a solid power forward threat also. We are trying to play faster as a team while being more efficient in the process.”

Davison took on Saginaw Heritage on Wednesday, following press deadlines.

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