By David Troppens
The Fenton/Linden varsity hockey team ended its trip to Sault Ste. Marie with a thrilling contest.
The Griffins scored the go-ahead goal with 2:05 left in regulation, resulting in a 4-3 victory against Alpena.
The squad opened the weekend with a 5-0 loss to Sault Ste. Marie.
The Griffins (8-4) never trailed against Alpena, but the contest remained tight throughout. Max Wright scored game’s first goal on an assist by Nick Temple in the opening period. It was the period’s only goal, resulting in a 1-0 lead entering the first intermission.
In the second period, the Griffins jumped up to a 2-0 lead with Mitchel Luck scored a goal on assists by Caden Crandall and Filip Harant. Alpena cut the lead to 2-1 with 4:11 left in the period, but the Griffins scored before the period was up again. Keegan McNamara scored a power-play goal off assists by Luck and Jace Dumeah. Fenton/Linden led 3-1 entering the second intermission.
Alpena did tie it up with two goals in the third period. The tying goal came with 3:57 remaining in regulation. However, Dumeah responded just 112 seconds later with the game-winning goal.
The Griffins killed off two power plays, helping spark the win. In goal, Nick Wilson made 33 saves.
Against Sault Ste. Marie, the squads were tied 0-0 entering the second period. However, the hosts ended up scoring four second-period goals resulting in the Griffins’ loss. Wilson had 27 saves. The Griffins had 19 shots on goal in the contest.