No. 10 Grand Rapids Starts Strong, Knocking Off Two Top-Ten Foes

Alicia Tipcke
Updated: December 05, 2019 06:51 PM

The Grand Rapids boys hockey team started last season 0-3, finishing 9-17 overall. This season, under new head coach Wade Chiodo, the Thunderhawks are 3-0 including wins over two top-ten teams. 


Grand Rapids defeated No. 6 Benilde St. Margaret's 4-2 in their season opener at the IRA Civic Center in Grand Rapids.

Their second game of the season they faced another top-ten foe, No. 8 Minnetonka. The Skippers scored with one second remaining in regulation, tying the game 3-3 and sending it to overtime. Joey DelGreco scored the game-winning OT goal, pushing the Thunderhawks to the 4-3 victory. 

"Joey DelGreco made a couple key plays in the game and we hung on and found a way to win. It was fun to see, and it was good to see kind of how the kids handle adversity. [They got] scored with one second left in they game [and] they turn[ed] it around and found a way to win," commented Coach Chiodo. Coach Chiodo is the third bench boss for Grand Rapids in four seasons. 

Next, Grand Rapids opened road play against Virginia/Mountain Iron-Buhl. The Thunderhawks defeated the Blue Devils 7-2 to remain undefeated. 

In December, they'll face a series of tough tests including Warroad, Edina and Eden Prairie. Next up, is Roseau.

"We've got to play our best, it's a tough place to play up in Roseau. We've got to come out flying and pop one early, see if we can win," said Grand Rapids junior defenseman Jack Peart. 

Grand Rapids continues their six game road stretch Friday versus Roseau at 7 p.m. They head to Warroad Saturday. Puck drop with the No. 6 Warriors is set for 2:15 p.m.


Alicia Tipcke

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