History was made on Nov. 16, when the newly formed Grand Ledge-Fowlerville varsity hockey team took the ice for their first game, and the occasion was marked with the team’s first win, a 4-3 overtime thriller against the Capital Area Patriots at the Summit.
“I am so proud of our team,” head coach Brian Clifford said. “We really wanted to win our first game after we merged with Fowlerville, the kids have worked so hard to get ready for the season and it paid off.”
The Comet-Gladiators struck first at 10:32 of the first period on a goal by freshman defensemen Alex Montrose. Montrose let loose a blast from the point that found the back of the net, assisted by Cam Evans and Redmond Riggs.
Wade “Rocky” Huggett scored with 4:39 left in the first on a scramble in front of the net to put GL-F up 2-0, assisted by Peyton Stiles.
The Patriots scored one of their own at 11:23 of the second period on the power play to make it 2-1 GL-F at the end of two periods, and took the momentum into the third. They scored at 3:27 of the third tying it at 2-2 and just 24 seconds later made it 3-2 on a deflection off a Comet-Gladiator skate.
GL-F pulled freshman goalie Jamie Humphrey for an extra skater and it paid off with one second remaining in regulation. Junior Cameron Evans found the net to tie the game, assisted by Brett Smith, and sent it into overtime.
In OT Humphrey made several key saves to keep the game tied. With 57 seconds remaining, Stiles scoring the winning goal assisted by Alec Faggion to give the team its first win of the season. For Stiles it was also his first career varsity goal.
Humphrey made 26 saves in route to her first varsity win.
“What a great hockey game,” Clifford said. “This is my tenth season as a coach, and this was one of the most exciting games I have ever been involved in. Our goaltending was spectacular, Jamie (Humphrey) was great in net, she has a wonderful work ethic and I was happy she could win her first varsity game.”
After a holiday tournament over the Thanksgiving weekend at Hudsonville, the Comet-Gladiators get back into CAAC play at Suburban Ice in East Lansing against the Eastside Stars on Wednesday, Nov. 28.