Portage Central used a five-goal third period for a 6-5 comeback victory Wednesday evening against the Kalamazoo Eagles. The Mustangs avenged their loss to the Eagles from last month, coming back from behind 4-1 early in the third period.
Paw Paw sophomore Tyler Wressel opened the scoring for the Eagles midway through the first period, followed by a Hunter Maschke Mustang goal with 1:35 left in the period. The Eagles reclaimed the lead halfway through the second thanks to Parchment’s Jimmy Lindstrom, followed by a Garret Hoard powerplay score with 3:34 to go for a 3-1 Eagle lead at the second intermission
A shorthanded Lindstrom goal opened the period and gave the Eagles a 4-1 lead. However, within the next three minutes, the Mustangs had the game tied at 4-4. Back-to-back Maschke goals, the first on the powerplay, plus a score from Will Anderson evened the contest. All three were assisted by Konnor McLeod.
The Eagles took back control with 9:49 remaining via a Matthew DeNoon powerplay goal. Portage Central tied the game back up with 5:31 left as defenseman Justin Hayward went coast-to-coast. Less than a minute later, a two-on-one opportunity put PC ahead for the first time. With 4:41 to go, Luke Sproule received a perfect feed from Jaden Sorenson to get what was ultimately the clincher.
Both teams had 32 shots on goal. Lindstrom was in on every Eagle goal, finishing with two goals and three assists. Maschke had a hat-trick for the Mustangs and McLeod had an assist hat-trick.
The Eagles drop to 2-5 in SWMHSHL play and 5-13-1 overall. Ahead is a weekend tournament in Grand Rapids.
Portage Central moves to 5-2 in league play and 6-8 overall. They’ll meet crosstown rival Portage Northern at Wings West on Saturday.