Eight different players score as hockey dominates East Kentwood in 9-1 win

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Widespread offensive contribution from eight different goalscorers—including a first career goal from junior Ryan Demeter—led to a quick lead for the FHC hockey team in the first period against East Kentwood, and the boys never took their foot off the gas. After leading 4-0 at the end of the first, the Rangers scored one goal less in each succeeding period for a final score of 9-1. 

While the contribution offensively came from a multitude of players, many of the goals came from the usual goalscorers. Seniors Cole Beaufait and Hayden Sarjeant and sophomores Lucas Jeffreys and Tyler Weaver scored in the first period, with senior Cole Munger recording an assist on each goal after the first one from Cole Beaufait. 

The Falcons saw very little offensive production on the night, and sophomore goaltender Jake Munger only faced 11 shots total, saving all but one. 

In the second period, the Rangers extended their lead to 7-0. Instead of assisting this time, Cole Munger scored for himself this time with assists from Tyler and junior Jack Fitzgibbon. The other two goals in the period came from junior Xavier Ott and freshman Sammy Mielock, with assists coming from many different players.

Despite EK scoring in the third period, the Rangers still won the final 17 minutes with two goals for themselves. Cole Beaufait scored his second of the day, and Ryan Demeter scored toward the end of the game for his first career goal, bringing the final score to a 9-1 win for FHC.

Overall, 11 different players recorded an assist, including 4 assists from Cole Munger. Lucas trailed just behind, dishing out three assists of his own.

With the 9-1 win, the Rangers improve to 11-4 overall with a 5-1 record in conference play, just trailing FHNE in first place with their undefeated record. Losing to the Bird-dogs 3-2 in the previous meeting, the Rangers will face FHNE in a rematch this Saturday with serious conference standing implications on the line.