Senior night may have caused the Port Huron hockey team to start slow Thursday night, but it wound up making a special night even more special.
The Big Reds defeated Fraser 6-3 at McMorran Pavilion, clinching the outright Macomb Area Conference Blue Division title.
“It feels good,” Port Huron coach Ben Pionk said. “Going into this year, having a lot of seniors on the team – having a lot of four-year seniors on the team – it’s nice to see them go out with a MAC title.”
Brendan Conard, Andrew Morris, Will Kriewall, Bruce Hudson, KJ Fontenot and Jack Martin were each credited with a goal, while Kriewall had three assists, Darien Davis and Carter Smith had two, and Hudson, Sylas Stone and Dayne Davis each had one. Ally Fetterly stopped 16 shots for the win.
Zach Zombo scored two goals for Fraser, while Charlie Haymond had one. Tristan Ellis stopped 33 shots in the loss.
Fraser jumped out to a 1-0 lead early in the game, and held that lead into the second period. The Big Reds owned the second 17 minutes, however, out-scoring Fraser 4-1 in the second and taking control of the game.
“The first was bad,” Kriewall said. “I think people just got fed up. They were just getting sick of playing like that.”
Added Conard, who could wind up getting credit for a second goal, as he said he tipped Hudson’s shot on the Big Reds’ fourth goal: “Once we got the first two in the second period, we started picking up some steam. Once you get a little bit of energy, it helps pick everything up.”
Port Huron added two goals in 34 seconds in the third, as Fontenot and Martin gave their team a 6-2 lead midway through the period.
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