Mona Shores hockey drops heart breaker in division 2 regional finals

LocalSportsJournal.com

The Mona Shores hockey team’s dreams for state glory ended on Saturday in the Division 2 regional finals with a 3-2 loss to Byron Center at Kalamazoo’s Wings West Arena.

The Sailors led 2-1 entering the third period but two unanswered Byron Center goals closed out Mona Shores’ season with a 14-3-1 record.

Landon Taylor is set to rip a shot. Photo/Eric Sturr

Mona Shores was looking to bounce back after reaching the regional finals last season.

Landon Taylor gave the Sailors a 1-0 lead midway through the second period with an unassisted goal. After Mona Shores let in a Byron Center goal, Trent Benedict put his Sailors team up 2-1 on a powerplay goal assisted by Ty Langlois.

Byron Center rallied in the third with a goal seven minutes in and took the lead with 3:05 left on a tally from Logan Nickolaus to seal the victory.  

Mona Shores senior goalie TJ Habetler turned in a solid effort for the Sailors, stopping 33 shots. 

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