The Blades of Southwest Michigan grabbed a 4-1 win over Kalamazoo United Wednesday evening to stay unbeaten against SWMHSHL opposition.
The Blades controlled the first period and scored thrice, despite three minor penalties in the period. The opening goal came midway through by Three Rivers senior Jaxon Dobrowolski, assisted by White Pigeon’s Blaine Shafer and fellow Wildcat Jett Haifley. Haifley got a goal of his own unassisted with 5:20 remaining, followed by a Blade powerplay goal in the final minute by Shafer, assisted by Schoolcraft’s Parker Lawrence.
After only three first period shots, United picked up the pressure in the second period. However, Vicksburg’s Jack Tomer turned them all away. Loy Norrix’s Parker Remelius fended off the Blades attack as well to keep the score at 3-0 into the second intermission.
United grabbed some brief momentum early in the third with their lone goal on a powerplay snipe by Kalamazoo Central’s Brandon Murray. However, a turnover less than two minutes later gave Sturgis sophomore Brock Ellingson his first goal of the season for the Blades. Tomer finished with 17 saves in the victory with 39 in defeat for Remelius.
Kalamazoo United falls to 0-6-1 overall and 0-4 in SWMHSHL play. They’re off until Friday, December 21 against Mattawan.
The Blades improve to 4-0 in league play and 18-3 overall. They have a busy week ahead, heading north Friday to Grand Rapids to face West Catholic, then south to Carmel, Indiana Saturday and Sunday. They’re back in SWMHSHL action next Wednesday versus Portage Central.