Cooper Jenkins scored two goals and assisted on Connor Smith’s game-winner with 2:45 remaining and Nick Lefebvre made 36 saves as Pinckney picked up its first win of the season, 3-2, over Dexter on Saturday.
“Besides our last several games in the league, we had been playing teams close,” Pinckney coach Ted Kroll said. “We were playing good hockey and knew it was just a matter of time.”
Pinckney improved to 1-12-1 on the season, snapping a 12-game losing streak after a season-opening tie with Grand Blanc.
Jenkins, Pinckney’s career scoring leader, struck twice in the second period just to see the Dreadnaughts come back with two of their own to tie the game with 4:37 to play in the third.
But a little less than two minutes later, Jenkins was able to dig a puck out of the corner and get it to Smith in the high slot. Smith made a couple defenders miss before firing a well-placed shot to beat Dexter goalie Zack Richards.
Lefebvre, meanwhile, came up with save after save in the Pirates’ net, including stopping a penalty shot in the second period.
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Brighton went 4-0, including wins against two of Indiana’s top teams as well as handing another highly-ranked, in-state opponent a defeat.
Nick Brish (182 pounds) and Luke Ready (220/heavyweight) each went undefeated on the day for Brighton (14-0), Michigan’s top-ranked team in Division 1.
All four of Ready’s wins were by fall, including a match-clincher to seal a 27-25 win over Brownsburg (Ind.).
Brighton followed with wins over Mechanicsburg (Ohio), 36-24, Division 3’s second-ranked Richmond, 33-27, and Indiana’s seventh-ranked Merrilville, 49-17.
Grant Morrison (120/126), Jackson Renicker (120/126), Ryan Salmon (152), Tanner Maschke (160) and Eric Conquest (220/heavyweight) were each 3-1 on the day.
Wyandotte Roosevelt Tournament
WYANDOTTE – Five Eagles won titles as Hartland placed all 14 wrestlers in the top five to win the Wyandotte Roosevelt Tournament with 280 points.
Garnet Potter went 3-0 and defeated Saline’s ninth-ranked Kyle Boxeth, 5-2, in the 112 finals to continue his hot start to the season. Potter, a sophomore, improved to 17-1 on the season.
Others to win titles included Sage Castillo (140), Logan Vish (152), Jacob Gorial (160) and Jake Economou (215). Gorial scored more than 60 points in his three victories.
Noah Lopez (103), Reece Hughes (130), Lucas Laforge (171) and Charlie Harper (189) were each runners-up.
Meanwhile, Hartland’s ‘B’ varsity team went 5-0 en route to winning a varsity tournament at Ann Arbro Huron.
South Lyon Alumni Duals
SOUTH LYON – Fowlerville went 1-4 to finish seventh.
The Gladiators beat Birmingham Brother Rice 51-9 before losses to Lake Fenton (42-30), Chelsea (57-21), South Lyon (52-17) and Grand Blanc (64-11).
Austin Makins was undefeated, going 5-0 at 135, while returning state qualifier Kyle Roberts went 4-1 in his return to the Glads lineup at 145/152.
WHITE LAKE – Brighton’s depth carried it to three-peat as champions with 642.5 points.
J.D. Ham won the 50 in a pool-record time of 21.89 seconds and also touched first in the 100. Danny Keiffer also won in the butterfly for the Bulldogs, who held off second-place Howell (616 points) in the meet’s final event.
“Our depth really pushed us through to the victory,” Brighton coach Tim McInnis said. “We’re pretty deep in all our events and relays.”
The Highlanders won seven events, including three relays.
Henry Bauer won four events for Howell, including the 200 and 500 and as part of the 200 and 400 relays. Nolan Witt (medley and 400 relays, backstroke), Sam Timmerman (medley and 200 relays, breaststroke), Drew Zawacki (medley and 200 relays) and Caleb Balgaard (medley and 200 relays) also won multiple events.