Local Sports Journal

FRUITPORT – It was one for the ages Thursday night as the Fruitport Trojans defeated Lakes 8 rival Spring Lake 5-4 in double overtime to remain undefeated in the league.

Fruitport’s Zack Gilson finished with four goals in the victory.

“A classic game with the most ups and downs regarding emotion I can remember,” said Fruitport head coach Greg Kobyak of the match.

Getting three goals from Gilson and another from Bryant Rebone, the Trojans squandered a 4-1 half-time lead.

Keegan George scored the Lakers lone first-half score.

In the second half, George, Kyle Zietlow and Tanner Dedien all picked up goals to tie the match at 4-4 heading into the first overtime.

After a scoreless first overtime, Gilson, assisted by Noah Hendricks, goaled a header at the 8:46 mark of the second extra frame to lead his squad to the victory.

“Spring Lake really put the pressure on and got us out of our game and we struggled to respond with the mentality needed,” said Kobyak. “We were able to get to the end of regulation and regroup. That was important and the team has now been through it all.  We hope to keep this good thing going!  That was our third 2OT win in a row and the biggest.”

Both teams finished with 14 shots-on-goal apiece, and Trojan goalkeeper Conner Deneer finished with 10 saves in the victory.

Fruitport stands at 9-2-3 overall and 6-0 in the conference.

The league loss was Spring Lake’s first of the season.