Grand Haven suffered a loss in the opening round of the league tournament, then stormed back with wins over St. Joseph, Rockford and Muskegon Catholic Central.
The final win over MCC came in dramatic style. The teams were tied at the end of regulation and went scoreless in overtime, leading to a shootout.
Grand Haven goalie Ryan Henning stopped all five shots he faced in the shootout. The Bucs’ Cole Carlson snuck a shot past the MCC goalie for the 1-0 shootout victory.
“The players erupted over the boards to congratulate Henning in a sea of flying gloves, sticks and helmets,” said Bucs’ coach Mike Feasby.
Grand Haven opened the weekend with a disappointing 5-1 loss to the Walker Hawks. That left Grand Haven facing elimination in every game the rest of the way.
The Bucs responded with a 3-1 victory over St. Joseph. Adam Carlisle scored Grand Haven’s first goal, then James Calkins lit the lamp twice in the third period to give the Bucs the win. Henning had a fantastic game in goal.
That win set up a semifinal game against Rockford, a team that had defeated Grand Haven 7-0 just two weeks earlier.
Grand Haven fell behind 1-0 early in the second period, but Carlisle tied the game, assisted by Cole Carlson.
Thirty seconds later, Andrew LaFrance scored an unassisted goal, and Henning made the lead last in a 2-1 victory.
Playing their fourth game in as many days, Grand Haven met the MCC Crusaders on Monday night.
The Crusaders scored early, then Grand Haven responded with Carlisle scoring, assisted by Brandt VanHeest and LaFrance.
The game remained tied through the rest of regulation and overtime thanks to great showings by Henning and MCC goalie Garret Rebone.
Grand Haven finally got the game-winner in the shootout.