From staff reports
TRAVERSE CITY — For the second straight year, Traverse City Central will be playing in the championship game of the Scott Miller Memorial Holiday Invitational Tournament.
The Trojans advanced to the title tilt with a 6-3 victory Friday over Plymouth Salem.
Central — ranked No. 2 in Division 2 — will face off with undefeated Saginaw Heritage (8-0) today at 3:30 at Centre ICE.
"It'ss be a good game," Central coach Chris Givens said. "I watched them play (Toledo) St. Johns. They're very quick and they work very, very hard. I was impressed with their work ethic and their team speed. It's going to be a tough test for us."
The Trojans seized control early against Salem, scoring three first-period goals.
Rhys Adle put Central up 1-0 off Jon Russell and Cooper Macdonell assists. Salem answered 24 seconds later, but the Trojans (8-1) countered with Russell and Macdonell goals, both set up by Nico Saco.
Mitchell Ward set up two second-period goals — one each by Saco and Brady Brantley — and Macdonell sealed the win with an empty-net goal with 20 ticks left off Cam Givens and Brantley assists. Bill Vermetten made 25 saves.
In the other games, TC West and the Bay Reps will play in the seventh-place game at 1 p.m., followed by Toledo St. Johns and Plymouth Salem at 1:15 in the third-place game. The fifth-place contest features Hartland and Midland at 3:15 p.m.
TC West fell to Hartland 4-1. The Titans led 1-0 on a Nick Schultz goal set up by Dan Henderson in the first period and went into the final stanza tied 1-1. But a double-minor penalty led to a power-play goal by Hartland that was followed quickly by two other scores.
"For the most part, they played well, except for that one five-minute stretch," West coach Jeremy Rintala said.
Carter Edmondson made 32 saves for West.
The Reps lost 6-1 to Midland, with Travis Kirk scoring a goal off an Andrew Dzierwa assist. Claire Huhta made 24 saves in goal.