Grandville too much for Big Rapids hockey in 5-1 win

Big Rapids’ Connor McAdams skates down the ice against Grandville on Wednesday. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)

BIG RAPIDS — Grandville demonstrated on Wednesday why it’s been a state power the past several years.

The Bulldogs had two much firepower for Big Rapids and skated to a 5-1 win at the Ewigleben Ice Arena.

“We ran into a bit of a buzzsaw,” Big Rapids coach Tim Blashill said. “We knew Grandville was going to be a solid team. They have 14 seniors, two juniors and one sophomore. We knew they were going to be good. They’ve been good the last two years.”

Grandville (3-0) scored the game’s first two goals.

Defenseman David Breazeale scored with 9:01 to play in the opening period after skating down the ice and beat Fletcher Bolda with a shot. Chris Northouse and Cooper Pratt assisted.

Trevor Gelfius put in the Bulldogs’ second goal early in the second period on a cross pass. Brendan Crawthon and Zach Tyocki assisted.

The Cardinals (3-2-1) got one back midway in the period right after killing a penalty. James Hundersmarck scored off a breakaway, assisted by Tom Lobert and River Spedowski.

The Bulldogs went back by two late in the period when Northouse, assisted by Patrick Underwood, scored off the faceoff.

Three minutes into the third period, Grandville got its fourth goal, scored by Tyce Lindhout, assisted by Breazeale and Brendan Cawthorn. Breazeale scored his second goal of the game later, assisted by Cooper Pratt.

“It was a great game for us to play,” Blashill said. “We added Grandville this year. We want to play teams like this. We want to be tested.”

Bolda had 43 saves.

“I can’t say enough about our goaltender,” Blashill said. ‘If we don’t have Fletcher Bolda, it’s a little different story. We were missing a couple of guys with injuries. We’ll be a better team for playing Grandville. It exposes bad habits that we get away with some time.”

“I thought it was a big lesson,” senior Connor McAdams said. “We have to bear down and focus on what we need to work on.”

Big Rapids is at Gaylord this weekend and will play Farmington on Friday and Jeffers on Saturday.

“This was a tough loss but an eye-opening loss that will help us be better, starting by hopefully this weekend and certainly for the playoffs, which is what we’re shooting for,” Blashill said.


Holland West Ottawa 66, Reed City 12

Shelby 60, Reed City 15

HESPERIA — The Coyotes went 0-2 in wrestling action Wednesday at Hesperia.

Double winners include Ryan Simmons (112), Anikin Andrus (119), and Brett Walker (189) while Austin Fowler (215) went 1-1.

The Coyotes will participate in the Kent County Classic on Saturday.


Posted by John Raffel

John is a sports reporter with the Pioneer as well as the Herald Review and The Lake County Star. He also coordinates the weekly Pioneer sports outdoors page. He can be reached at (231) 592-8356 or by email at

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