Beyond the Blueline: Lightning Among Top Teams in Class AA

Eyewitness Sports
Updated: January 16, 2018 11:08 PM

The hockey season is quickly coming to an end for the Grand Rapids/Greenway girls hockey team who only have five games remaining in the regular season. However, their start to the season, which included tallying just three loss in the first half, is why the team remains ranked among the top-20 team in Class AA.

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"I expected us to be a little slow starting, but we started off fast and I don't think we've stopped," said senior forward Mady Shaffer.

After losing nine seniors from the previous squad, it's been a pleasant surprise to see how the younger players have stepped up.

"We have a lot of the young girls that are really fast, really small, and they can move their feet. That's really helpful," said senior defenseman Tyara Bischoff.

"Those little girls, their legs can move so fast up the ice. They fly up the ice so that's a really big difference," added Shaffer.

Along with their lightning fast speed, their top two point scorers on the team happen to be a junior and freshman. Sadie Peart and Claire Vekich lead the team each having earned over 30 points on the season.

Although rankings don't mean everything, the team has also received some recognition on the state level settling into the No. 18 spot in the latest 'Let's Play Hockey' rankings. It's a list that only includes a handful of teams outside of the metro area.

I sometimes call it the 'last best hope of the north,'" said head coach Brad Hyduke. "I think you do see the metro area teams dominate with the depth that they have, but there are some really great program out on the out-state," he added.

Sitting just three weeks out from section play, it's all about execution for this developing team. They've seen their young players become regular contributors, which is why Coach Hyduke's message to the team remains the same.

"Let's be better tomorrow than we were today and let's be better the next game than we were the last game," Hyduke said.



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