A look ahead at boys varsity hockey’s rematch vs. Reeths-Puffer

Tommy Spaletto, Sports Reporter

After putting away the Reeths-Puffer Rockets on December 16th in a battle until the final second 4-3, the Rangers Varsity Hockey team has another very anticipated matchup against the Rockets on the road tonight in Muskegon. This would be a big win for the Rangers, as they are hoping to continue to climb the ladder and claim the OK White conference title.

Last time these two teams met, turnovers were huge for FHC. Reeths-Puffer scored three goals in a matter of minutes to tie up the game. Sophomore Tim Kramer, however, scored an enormous goal to put the Rangers up 4-3 with just five minutes remaining. That would eventually be the game winning goal and give the Rangers their first win of the season. If the Rangers can limit their turnovers and come out strong against a very angry Rocket team, the Rangers will get the W on the road.

These two teams are evenly matched. Both these teams have players who can play with speed and offenses that can score. The Rockets have scored nine goals in their past two games while the Rangers have scored four in their last two. One thing that does separate these teams is defense. The Rockets gave up right goals last game against West Ottawa while the Rangers gave up three in just the past two games combined. The Rangers are also going to need to find various ways to score in order to win.

In the Rockets last game, they were 0/8 on power plays shot attempts and totalled 35 minutes in the penalty box with 12 total penalties. The Rangers are going to need to take advantage of missed opportunities and turnovers from the Rockets in order to pull away and win this game. The more forced turnovers by FHC, the better they have a chance of defeating Reeths-Puffer on the road.