A goal by Collin Rewerts at 8:03 of the third period proved to be the difference for West Michigan in a 5-4 win over the Southern Tier Xpress in the NA3HL Saturday at the Northwest Arena.
It was a tough game to lose because the Xpress had battled back for a 4-1 deficit to tie only to see West Michigan get the winner on an unassisted goal by Rewerts.
The loss was the third straight by the Xpress, now 3-5-1, while the win lifted West Michigan to 10-6 as it completed a two-game sweep of the Xpress this weekend.
Both teams scored a goal in the first period with West Michigan getting on the scoreboard first on a tally by Dakota Ulmer from Danill Remido and Jason Bloomfield at 5:51.
The Express knotted the game at 1-1 on Joshua Malin’s tally from Jacob St. Andre and Cameron Pries at 9:45.
Jacob Redman made it 2-1 for West Michigan on an assist from Bloomfield at 7:15 of the second period. Nathan Sudek scored unassisted to make it 3-1 at 11:40 and, just 28 seconds later, Rewerts scored his first goal unassisted to put West Michigan on top, 4-1.
The Xpress got back into the game with two goals in the later part of the period. Ty Rickabaugh scored from Arttu Rajamaki on a power play at 16:07 and St. Andre tallied from Luke Grossman and Pries at 17:05 to trim the deficit to 4-3.
In the first minute of the third stanza, Grossman tied at 4-4 with an unassisted goal at 41 seconds ,but then Rewerts got the winner and the Xpress couldn’t respond the rest of the way.
Ryan Pascarella and Harrison Vangellow combined for 26 Xpress saves. Sam Woznicki was the the winning netminder, also with 26 saves.
Southern Tier meets the same West Michigan on the road next Friday and Saturday.
Original article by The Post-Journal.