The Kalamazoo Eagles defeated Mattawan 4-1 Wednesday evening, keeping the Eagles in the hunt for the fourth and final SWMHSHL tournament semifinal slot. Plainwell senior Lucas Collins had a stellar outing in net for the Eagles, getting 41 saves in the victory.
The Eagles opened scoring with first period goals by homeschooled sophomore Garret Hoard and Gull Lake junior Alex Dorrance. In the second period, Parchment duo Jimmy Lindstrom and Matthew DeNoon added two more tallies.
Both teams were even in shots for the first two periods, although numerous penalties would skew it toward the Wildcats in the third. The Eagles would kill off almost all of the penalty time, except for a Brad Kolinski goal late in the third.
Mattawan falls to 8-12-2 overall and 5-4 within the SWMHSHL standings. They could still usurp Portage Central for the second place spot if they beat the Mustangs in Saturday’s Renbarger Cup game.
The Eagles improve to 8-20-1 overall and 3-6 in league play, tied for fourth with Portage Northern. Because the Huskies have the tiebreaker, the Eagles must defeat the Southwest Michigan Blades Saturday and get a Husky loss or tie against Kalamazoo United to take the final semifinal slot.