2018-01-11 / Sports

Bobcats take two tough losses

By Sports Staff


Grand Blanc’s Chase Homer pursues the puck against Northville on Dec. 6. 
Photo by Brandon Pope Grand Blanc’s Chase Homer pursues the puck against Northville on Dec. 6. Photo by Brandon Pope FLINT – Grand Blanc’s Alexi Francoeur made 40 saves in net when the varsity hockey team ran into one of the tougher teams in the state, losing 6-1 to host Midland on Saturday. Owen Walker was the lone Bobcat to score when he received a back-door pass from Garrett Lesser. It seemed as if Grand Blanc was gaining some momentum until two late penalties put a nix on that.

Friday’s game at Livonia Churchill was not what the Bobcats were expecting resulting in a 7-0 loss. Thanks to the play of goaltender Andrew Braum, Grand Blanc only trailed 3-0 after two periods, but a four-goal third period for Churchill sealed the game. Braum had 42 saves on the night.

“The kids continue to work hard in practice and are improving each and every time when faced with some of the best competition the state has to offer,” said Grand Blanc coach John Lesser.

Grand Blanc traveled to Plymouth yesterday, following press deadlines. – B.P.

ALLIANCE: The Alliance hockey team (LakeVille, Almont, Goodrich, Imlay City, North Branch) was back in action last Wednesday after nearly two weeks off, taking an 8-5 win over league opponent Fenton/ Linden.

The Alliance took a 4-0 lead in the opening period. Jacob Young opened the scoring effort within the first minute of the game, assisted by Thomas Manko. Hunter Ratliff then added the second goal off a helper from Kurtis Winget. Zak Hanaford then set up Young for his second goal before Hanaford added one of his own to close out the first.

Fenton/Linden opened the second with three unanswered goals to cut the Alliance’s lead to one. Young completed his hat trick on an unassisted goal to close out the second with a 5-3 Alliance lead.

In the final period, Johnny Labombard rippled the mesh at 10:12, assisted by Dakota Lehman. The Griffins answered with one of their own, but the Alliance added another pair of goals to extend its lead to 8-4. Manko hit the net first, assisted by Hanaford and Winget, followed by Lehman, with helpers from Jacob Krutz and Labombard. Fenton/Linden added the final goal of the game at 5:35.

The Alliance, 4-1 league, 8-4 overall, travels to Otsego County Sportsplex to face Gaylord in back-to-back games Friday and Saturday. – K.R.

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