Maybe the Fenton/Linden Grffins should be called the Road Warriors.
The squad proved they can do some serious damage on the road last week, winning two road contests. The second one came against the Tri-Valley Titans in an important Mid-Michigan Hockey Conference contest at the Saginaw-Bay Ice Arena on Saturday. The Griffins took a 2-1 lead into the first intermission and never trailed in the final two periods, earning a 5-3 victory.
Tri-Valley started strong, scoring within the first two minutes of the contest when Matt Pike scored with 15:54 left in the first period.
However, 2:29 later, the Griffins scored their first goal when Kenneth Sorum scored his third goal of the season off a Zach Eakes assist, tying the game at 1-1. Fenton/Linden took the lead for good by scoring with just five seconds left in the first period. It came when Josh Appleberg scored the first of his two goals on assists by Eakes and Lincoln Wright. Fenton/Linden led 2-1.
The Griffins (5-1, 15-3) took control of the game in the second period, scoring two more goals. Adrien Ganslandt scored his fifth goal of the season while Nick Temple scored his sixth four minutes apart. The Griffins went into the third period leading 4-1.
Jackson Kocur scored for TriValley about midway through the third period, cutting the gap to 4-2, but Appleberg provided his team-high 19th goal of the season with 6:13 remaining, raising the edge to 5-2. Tri-Valley cut the gap to 5-3 but with only 2:53 remaining.
The Griffins enjoyed just a slight 34-31 shot on goal edge, meaning the goalies played a key role deciding who won the game. Loren Jones played in net and made 28 saves.
The Griffins play their third straight road contest on Wednesday at the Arctic Coliseum against Pinckney at 6:30 p.m.