By David Troppens
While many winter squads are still working on preparing for their first games of their seasons, the Fenton/Linden co-op hockey team has been busy around the Thanksgiving weekend.
The Griffins (1-3) faced Powers, Hudsonville and Mid-Michigan in a period of four days, going 1-2 against those squads.
The team’s victory came against the Mid-Michigan Marauders, earning a 4-3 victory in overtime on Saturday. The Griffins had four different goal scorers and five different players collect assists in the contest. The only player to collect a goal and an assist was Carson Gardner. The other goal scorers were Jace Dumeah, Ethan Hutchings and Heyden Justus. Others getting assists were Dominic Loria, Dominick Krusniak, Dylan Holloway and Ken Sorum.
The Griffins played two goalies. Brady Faille played two periods and made 15 saves. Loren Jones saved all five shots he faced.
The Griffins began the weekend with a 5-2 loss against Hudsonville. Loria and Nick Temple had a goal each while Trevor Isaacson, Keegan McNamara and Brendan Miles had an assist each. Both Fenton/Linden goals were power-play goals.
Faille played in goal and made 32 saves.
The Griffins began the week against state-power Flint Powers. Fenton/Linden was able to get some offense going against the Chargers, but the squad couldn’t contain Powers’ strong offense. It didn’t help that the Griffins suffered seven short-handed situations, allowing three power-play
goals during these chances. Fenton/Linden had 27 penalty minutes compared to Powers’ six minutes. Powers took 49 shots compared to Fenton/Linden’s 24.
Alex Washburn scored three goals for Powers while Joey Carpenter and Tyler Lawrence had two goals. Kyle Barbour had one goal. Lawrence and Barbour had three assists each.
Fenton/Linden kept up a recent trend by having all four of its goals scored by four different players. The goal scorers were Gardner, Ryker Wright, Bittner and Miles. Temple had two assists while Isaacson, Loria, McNamara, Hutchings and Ken Sorum had an assist each.
In net, Jones made saves on 45 of the 53 shots he faced. Brennan Churchill made saves on 20 of the 24 shots he faced for Powers.