A look ahead at varsity hockey’s back-to-back showdowns with Rockford

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Tommy Spaletto, Sports Report

The Rangers have some good momentum going right now, with two straight wins and sweeping the series against the Mona Shores Sailors. They will try to do the same thing this week as they take on the Rockford Rams. On Friday, FHC will be on the road and on Saturday the two teams will face off at Patterson Ice Center. If the Rangers can get these two wins before heading into a very important rematch against Grandville – the frontrunner in the OK White Conference – it would give the Rangers a good shot to take down the undefeated Bulldogs.

Last game for FHC: FHC won in a close game against Mona Shores at Patterson last Saturday 4-3. Cole Munger scored his first varsity goal to eventually win the game for Rangers. The offense was firing on all cylinders that game and the Rangers hope to continue that. FHC also hopes to turn these two games into a huge momentum booster to head into some very important upcoming games and eventually the playoffs. FHC’s key is going to be playing with confidence and never letting a dull moment get into their heads.

Last game for Rockford: Rockford defeated Lowell-Caledonia in their last game 5-3. The Rams’ main key to victory has been their offense. When Rockford can find the back of the net and its offense is clicking, it is an extremely hard team to beat. The Rams are averaging 4 goals per game in their last 5 games, whereas the Rangers are averaging about 3. The defense could be the deciding factor in this game, as the Rams allowed Grand Rapids Christian to score 3 goals in the 2nd period and 4 in the 3rd.

This non-conference matchup will be big for both teams, as Rockford is in the same position in its conference as FHC. The Rams trail behind very good teams such as FHNE and West Ottawa in Tier Two of the OK Conference. Showing up and playing with a lot of heart will be huge in this game between these two evenly matched teams, but the deciding factor will be if the Rangers can grow from two weeks ago, when they played EGR, and execute their offense. If FHC can do that, look for two very close victories for the Rangers.