A road victory at Big Rapids has lifted the Sault High Blue Devils to the .500 mark through four games of the recently started Michigan high school hockey season.
The Blue Devils halted a two game losing skid on Saturday with a 5-3 win over the Cardinals of Big Rapids.
Senior defenseman Gleb Bauman, playing in his first game of the season after recovering from an injury, staked Sault High to a 1-0 lead and the Blue Devils would never trail in the match to even their record at 2-2 for the season.
Aaron Kogan netted a pair of markers to pace Sault High while George Bauman and Andrew Goodrich also tallied for the Blue Devils in support of winning goalie Triston Forgrave.
Clayton Ellis, who does the colour commentary of Sault High broadcasts on local radio station Eagle 95.1, noted in summation that the win for the Blue Devils “was a much, much better effort … they really cleaned it up defensively.”
Having now played four games in a season that finally began on February 10 relative to COVID-19, Sault High has six more matches slated, with the next one being at Traverse City Central this Saturday at 7:00 p.m. Eagle 95.1 will again carry the live play by play action.
The Blue Devils, who have only played one home game to date, will not see action at Big Bear Arena in the Michigan Sault again until March 5 and 6 with back to back contests that weekend.
Sault High began the season by scoring a 2-1 home ice decision over the Cheboygan Chiefs before losing 7-3 on the road to the Gaylord Blue Devils and 5-4 to the Escanaba Eskymos and then taking the 5-3 victory at Big Rapids.
Of note, playoffs will begin on March 15 as part of a state format in which all high school hockey teams in Michigan qualify for the post season.