The Blades of Southwest Michigan defeated the Kalamazoo Eagles 4-2 Wednesday evening, giving the defending SWMHSHL champions a 3-0 start in league play. The Eagles gave them their tightest game yet, largely thanks to a 41-save performance by Plainwell goalie Lucas Collins.
The Blades controlled the shots-on-goal 18-5 in the first period, but were only able to score once on an unassisted score by Schoolcraft junior Parker Lawrence. In the second period, the Blades kept a similar shot disparity and this time got two shots by Collins. Lawrence tallied his second of the night midway through with an assist by Comstock freshman Owen Drake, followed by a Drake goal five minutes later for a 3-0 Blade lead.
With 10:24 left in the third, the Eagles got on the board with Jimmy Lindstrom assisted by Parchment classmate Matthew DeNoon. The Blades added their fourth goal with 7:03 remaining on a powerplay by Vicksburg’s Austin Ziegler. The Eagles got one more with DeNoon assisted this time by Lindstrom.
Comstock’s Zac Hattan had 23 saves in the victory compared to 41 in defeat for Collins. The Blades are now 3-0 in the league and 14-2 overall with a trip to Culver, Indiana ahead for the Cornfield Cup tournament Friday through Sunday.
The Eagles start league play at 0-1 and fall to 3-5 overall. They’re back at it with a league game Friday versus Mattawan.