Goalie Bryan Briggs backstopped the Kalkaska Rhinos to their first win in Canadian International Hockey League action from Saturday.
Briggs stopped 46 shots as visiting Kalkaska defeated the Espanola Rivermen 2-1 before a matinee crowd of 566 spectators.
While Briggs was stopping the puck en route to earning first-star honours, Rivermen goalie Austin Hannaford made 36 saves of his own.
The Rivermen got out to a 1-0 lead on a goal by Alex Zerbel before Jonathan Dagnal of the Rhinos scored to tie the match.
Kalkaska’s Jake Hepburn then scored the game winner for the visitors.
“It was a great game to be part of and both teams came ready to play,” said Kalkaska coach Krzysztof Oliwa.
“Fast paced, up and down, with tons of scoring chances. Austin Hannaford of the Espanola Rivermen had an unbelievable game as well as Bryan Briggs for our team, who stopped point-blank shots at the end of the game. Espanola is very well coached by Tom McCarthy, the fans are great and it’s an amazing experience to be part of CIHL for our team,” added Oliwa.
With the loss, Espanola record falls to 7-1 while Kalkaska, the CIHL’s newest addition, is 1-1.
Kalkaska is in St. Charles today to take on the Spirit.