The Blades of Southwest Michigan smacked Portage Central 9-1 in Wednesday’s Teddy Bear Toss game, keeping the Blades unbeaten within the SWMHSHL through their first pass of the teams. The stuffed animals donated via the toss will go to first responders to help children in traumatic situations.
The opening goal came by Three Rivers senior Jaxon Dobrowolski on the powerplay, triggering the teddy bear toss six minutes into the game. The Mustangs were able to even the game up by the first intermission, using a major penalty to get their own powerplay tally via Canyon Morse.
It was the 5-0 second period that was decisive for the Blades, getting the first three goals within the first 5:02 of the period. Two by Schoolcraft’s Parker Lawrence, two more by Dobrowolski, and one by Harper Creek’s Tyler McKellar pushed the score to 6-1 by the second break.
In the third period, Three Rivers’ Jett Haifley, homeschooled Chris Bigelow, and Dobrowolski again put the final score at 9-1. Dobrowolski’s fourth goal of the night put them at the mercy rule threshold with 20 seconds remaining. He finished with six points with White Pigeon’s Blaine Shaffer adding four assists. Comstock’s Zac Hattan had 29 saves in the win.
Portage Central stays in second in the SWMHSHL standings at 3-2 and falls to 4-5 overall. They’ll return to action on January 4 at Big Rapids with their next league game on January 9 against Kalamazoo United.
The Blades move to 5-0 in the SWMHSHL and 22-2-0-1 overall with two games Saturday at the South Bend Ice Box against Valparaiso and the LSJ Warriors. They won’t play another SWMHSHL game until January 16 against Mattawan.