Flivvers notch pair of downstate wins

TRAVERSE CITY – Trey Bociek recored two goals and two assists, and Reece Fortner had four assists, as Kingsford won a pair of games over the weekend in the North/South Showcase at Center Ice Arena in Traverse City.

On Saturday morning, Kingsford defeated Walled Lake Northern 3-0. The Flivvers scored three different types of goals, starting off with a first period 5-on-5 goal from Tyler Bengston, with assists from Trey Bociek and Reece Fortner.

Kingsford recorded a second goal in the first period with Colin Watkins lighting the lamp with a power play goal. Watkins’ goal was assisted by Bociek and Ethan Fox.

In the third period, Bociek found the net with a shorthanded goal for the

Flivvers, with an assist from Fortner, his second of the contest.

Head coach Greg Wadge was happy the team got a win in each game, but wasn’t happy with his team’s effort in either game.

“Our effort level was better Saturday morning than on Friday night versus Alpena, but for a morning game after an evening game the night before, the boys responded well to that, I’ll give them credit for that,” he said.

On Friday night, the Flivvers defeated Alpena 3-2 in overtime. Bociek got the Flivvers on the scoreboard first with a first period goal with an assist from Fortner.

In the second period, Hunter Fortner light up the red goal light, with Watkins getting credit for the assist. Alpena scored in the second period, with the Flivvers taking a 2-1 lead ino the second intermission.

Alpena tied the hockey game in the third period to send the game into overtime. The Showcase rules set for overtime were one eight-minute period with 4-on-4 hockey. If nobody scored, the game would have ended in a tie.

But with a little more than two minutes left in the overtime period, Fox scored the game winner for Kingsford. Fox’s goal was assisted by Fortner, his fourth assist in the two games at T-C.

Wagde credited Flivvers goalie Evan Hedtke with a solid effort in goal in the two games.

Kingsford, who improves to 6-7 on the season, returns home to resume Great Lakes Hockey Conference action on Tuesday when they host the Hancock Bulldogs at Mountain View Ice Arena.

Wadge also noted that the Flivvers home game that was scheduled for Thursday versus Bay Port, Wis., was cancelled near the end of November.

Center Ice Arena is where the Detroit Red Wings annually hold training camp. “The boys were excited to get to play there and it was a good experience,” Wadge noted.

Walled Lake North 0 0 0 — 0

Kingsford 2 0 1 — 3

Kingsford 1 1 0 1 — 3

Alpena 0 1 1 0 — 2


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