Grand Haven scored a 6-4 victory over East Kentwood on Saturday to win the Falcon Classic Thanksgiving Tournament.
The Bucs had a 4-2 lead over the host Falcons at the end of the second period, but EK fought back with two goals to tie the game with more than 5 minutes left to play.
Bucs’ senior right winger Doug Zelenka broke the tie and scored what turned out to be the game-winner with just 1 minute, 47 seconds remaining in the third period.
Center Ian Hibbard added an empty net goal — off an assist from Zelenka — with 20 seconds left to pad the Bucs’ lead and secure the tournament title in their first-ever apperance in the event.
Zelenka and James Dyksterhouse each scored in the first period to give the Bucs an early cushion. East Kentwood cut the lead in half entering the second period, but Grand Haven responded with a goal by Hibbard and the second by Dyksterhouse to push its advantage to 4-2 at the second intermission.
The teams were even in shots on goal at 25 apiece. The Bucs had seven different players record assists — Tyler Ploeg, Nathan Schmidt, Jordan Klaassen, Jake Pole, Tom Zelenka, Doug Zelenka and Hibbard.
Zach Kooi got the win in goal for the Bucs, making 21 saves.
In the tournament semifinals on Friday, the Bucs nipped rival Rockford, 3-2.
After a scoreless first period, the Bucs built a 2-0 second-period lead behind goals from Tom Zelenka and Dyksterhouse.
The Rams scored later in the period, but Tom Zelenka added his second goal of the contest, off an assist from Dyksterhouse and Hibbard.
Rockford’s Nathan Hill cut the Rams’ deficit to 3-2, but the Bucs were able to hold on for the one-goal victory.
Kooi faced 15 shots in the win, and recorded 13 saves. Grand Haven fired 24 shots at Rams’ goalie Todd Miller.
Grand Haven is back on the ice Wednesday, as it battles Grandville in a O-K Tier 1 Conference game at Edge Ice Arena in Holland at 6:30 p.m.