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Sailors head north to participate in the Rick Deneweth Memorial North South Showcase

The varsity hockey team traveled to Traverse City this past week to participate in the T.C. Showcase. The Sailors came up short against Alpena dropping the first game 5-3 on Thursday night. Scoring for the Sailors were Ty Langlois, Trent Benedict and Caden Mollema. Dylan Dieselberg, Andrew Taylor, Kolin Jackson, Brennan Dethloff, Connor Winegar and Diego Pena each with assists.

The boys battled the Big Rapids Cardinals on Friday and came away away with a 2-0 win. Scoring for the Sailors were Trent Benedict and Jake Nanna, Kolin Jackson assisting on both goals along with an assist from Austin Grimm.

Your Sailors are home this Friday and take on Gabriel Richard at 7:00 p.m. Come out and cheer the boys on!


Congratulations to the Reeths Puffer Rockets the 2020 Stan Konrad Memorial Tournament Champions

Stan Konrad All Tournament Team Announced

Adshton Bol - Grand Rapids Christian
Dylan Dieselberg - Mona Shores
Zachary Mitchell - Grand Haven
Matt Herniman – Reeths Puffer
Nolan Convertini – Reeths Puffer

Nick Meyering – Reeths Puffer

The Sailors unleash an offensive attack to blow out Northview 10-0

On Saturday afternoon 12/28, the Sailors finished of the Northview Wildcats in two periods downing them 10-0.  Goal scoring came from Ty Langlois (2 goals), Jake Nanna (2 goals).  Nathan Taylor, Justin Winegar, Cayden Mollema, Connor Winegar, Scotty Cotner and birthday boy Jarod West each with a goal apiece.  T.J. Habetler anchored the Sailor for both wins on the weekend.

Led by Trent Benedict's three goal hat trick, Sailors down Jenison 9-3

On Friday 12/28, the Varsity Hockey team competed in two league games this past weekend.  The Sailors took on Jenison and Northview and skated away with two important league wins.  The Sailors toppled the Jenison Wildcats 9-3.  The goal scoring was led Trent Benedict (3 goals), Andrew Taylor (2 goals) and Nathan Taylor, Cayden Mollema, Ty Langlois and Diego Pena each with a goal.


Brainard’s overtime goal gives R-P a thrilling 5-4 OT win over Mona Shores in hockey

By Alex Plough

MUSKEGON – In an intense rivalry game filled with endless momentum shifts, Caden Brainard and the Reeths-Puffer hockey team got the last laugh on Saturday night.

The Rockets jumped out to a pair of commanding leads, Mona Shores scored twice in a wild comeback in the final minutes of regulation, then Brainard settled the issue with a goal early in the overtime period, giving R-P a wild 5-4 victory at L. Walker Arena.

Quinn Fowler rips a shot for Reeths-Puffer. Photo/Tim Reilly

Brainard finished with two goals and an assist and drew high praise from Reeths-Puffer Coach Bill Zalba after the game.

“It’s all about sticking to the game plan, sticking to the process, and just outcompeting,” Zalba said. “Ciden Brainard is the epitome of outcompeting. The kid is unbelievable at how hard he competes out there. He goes to the dirty areas and outcompetes and outworks. That’s what we need to have moving forward.”

A strong forechecking effort from the Rockets to start the game allowed forward Matt Herniman to capitalize with the first goal. He beat Mona Shores goalie TJ Habetler glove side with 5:14 left in the first period, with an assist from Nolan Convertini,

A little over four minutes into the second period, a Mona Shores penalty gave the Rockets the man advantage. Just 21 seconds into the power play, forward Nick Fuller found the back of the net, with Quinn Fowler and Brainard assisting, expanding the lead to 2-0.

No. 16 Andrew Taylor weaves through Reeths-Puffer defenders. Photo/Tim Reilly

Less than a minute after the Rocket goal, Sailors captain Connor Winegar buried an unassisted goal to cut the deficit to one. With 8:38 left in the second period, Mona Shores forward Nathan Taylor converted on a power play with Winegar assisting, tying the game up at 2-2 going into the final period.

The Rockets struck first in the third when Brainard scored off a pass from Gavin Viereck, giving R-P a 3-2 advantage with 9:33 left in regulation.

On a Reeths-Puffer breakaway attempt, Sailors defenseman Brennan Dethloff was called for slashing, giving the Rockets a man advantage with only 2:48 left. Just 38 seconds into the power play, Rocket forward Navarre Klint buried a goal off of a rebound, giving his team a seemingly safe 4-2 lead with just over two minutes remaining.

Just when you thought the game was over, Sailors forward Cayden Mollema beat R-P goalie Nick Meyering off a feed from Ty Langlois with 1:14 left, cutting the deficit to 4-3. Then freshman forward Trent Benedict found the back of the net with 39.8 seconds left on the clock, tying the game at 4-4 and forcing the overtime period.

Brainard scored his unassisted, game-winning goal exactly two minutes into overtime.

The Rockets improved to 6-3-1 on the season while the Sailors fell to 6-3.

The Sailors travel to Jenison next Friday for a conference game. Reeths-Puffer doesn’t play again until Jan. 3 at home against Grand Rapids West Catholic.

No. 11 Quinn Fowler controls the puck as Mona Shores’ Ty Langlois pursues. Photo/Tim Reilly


Reeths-Puffer’s No. 56 Matt Herniman leads the celebration after a goal. Photo/Tim Reilly


Austin Grimm moves the puck up ice for Mona Shores. Photo/Tim Reilly


Trent Benedict pushes the puck up ice as No. 21 Scotty Cotner follows for Mona Shores. Photo/Tim Reilly


No. 16 Andrew Taylor weaves through Reeths-Puffer defenders.


No. 10 Andrew Bouwman dumps the puck for Reeths-Puffer. Photo/Tim Reilly

Quinn Fowler leads the puck into the corner as Mona Shores’ No. 4 Brennan Dethloff tries to defend. Photo/Tim Reilly

Reeths-Puffer’s No. 10 Andrew Bouwman sends Jared West to the ice after the shot. Photo/Tim Reilly

Jared West tries to dig out the puck near the Reeths-Puffer bench as No. 18 Navarre Klint looks to steal. Photo/Tim Reilly



Quinn Fowler rips a shot for Reeths-Puffer. Photo/Tim Reilly

TJ Habetler makes the save in goal for Mona Shores. Photo/Tim Reilly

Reeths-Puffer’s No. 11 Quinn Fowler some how gets a shot off as Mona Shores defenders No. 7 Gavin Viereck and No. 25 Connor Hilliker try to stop. Photo/Tim Reilly

Gavin Viereck sends in a shot from near the blue line for Reeths-Puffer as No. 6 Diego Pena tries to block with his foot. Photo/Tim Reilly

Caden Brainard gets a breakaway as Mona Shores’ No. 22 Justin Winegar defends. Photo/Tim Reilly

Navarre Klint gets the puck near the Mona Shores goal. Photo/Tim Reilly


Mona Shores goalie No. 29 TJ Habetler reaches back to make a stick save. Photo/Tim Reilly

Mona Shores’ Diego Pena battles for the puck against Reeths-Puffer’s No. 18 Navarre Klint. Photo/Tim Reilly

TJ Habetler makes the save on a close range shot from Reeths-Puffer’s No. 11 Quinn Fowler. Photo/Tim Reilly

Teammates mob Caden Brainard after scoring the game-winning overtime goal for Reeths Puffer. Photo/Eric Sturr

Mona Shores’ Trent Benedict scores past the outstretched reach of Nick Meyering to tie the game late in the third period. Photo/Eric Sturr

Reeths Puffer’s Navarre Klint puts a rebound past TJ Habetler. Photo/Eric Sturr

Mona Shores’ goalie TJ Habetler poke checks the puck as Matt Herniman cuts towards the net. Photo/Eric Sturr

Third Period Rally Lifts Mona Shores Over Northview 5-1

Mona Shores Sailors took on Northview at their house on Wednesday night. They skated away with a 5-1 victory. Ty Langlois lead the sailors with 2 goals, while Trent Benedcit, Dylan Dieselberg and Connor Winegar each with a goal.

Come out and support the sailors this Saturday when they take on Reeths Puffer at the LC walker Arena at 6:30pm.

Justin Winegar goal lifts Mona Shores to OT win over Midland

Mona Shores hockey needed overtime to defeat visiting Midland 3-2 on






Justin Winegar lifted the Sailors to the victory in overtime as his brother Connor Winegar assisted on the play.

The Sailors led early with a 1-0 lead after the first period of play. Andrew Taylor put Mona Shores on the board with an assist from Scotty Cotner.

After a Jacb Librandt goal in the second period, Mona Shores led 2-1 heading into the final period. Ty Langlois assisted on the power play goal by Leibrandt.

TJ Habetler posted the win in goal for Mona Shores, stopping 30 of 32 Midland shots.

Diego Pena carries the puck into the offensive zone looking for a trailing teammate. Photo/Eric Sturr


It’s a crowded crease, but Habetler makes the save. Photo/Eric Sturr


Nolan Kasher separates the Midland player from the puck in the high slot. Photo/Eric Sturr


TJ Habetler makes the save on a high shot. Habetler stopped 30 of 32 shots in the game. Photo/Eric Sturr


TJ Habetler stares down the shooter. Photo/Eric Sturr


Jacob Leibrandt get high-fives from the bench after scoring the Sailors’ 2nd goal. Photo/Eric Sturr


Mona Shores’ Andrew Taylor finds the loose puck in the crease puts it home for the score. Photo/Eric Sturr

Mona Shores hockey team welcomes new coach with an 8-0 win in season opener

By Alex Plough

FRUITPORT TOWNSHIP – For the past five years, as an assistant coach, Chris Benedict watched the Mona Shores hockey team lose quite a few games.

On Wednesday night, in his first game as head coach, Benedict had the pleasure of watching the Sailors soar.

Austin Grimm moves the puck along the boards for Mona Shores. Photo/Jason Goorman

Mona Shores, which has finished significantly below the .500 mark for the past few seasons, opened up its 2019-20 campaign in style, posting a convincing 8-0 victory over Kalamazoo United at Lakeshore Sports Centre.

The game ended midway through the third period, due to the mercy rule, following the Sailors’ final goal. Mona Shores outshot the visitors 39-6.

The Sailors collected two goals apiece from two players on different ends of the experience spectrum – senior captain Connor Winegar (who also had three assists) and freshman Trent Benedict.

All three freshmen on the Mona Shores roster scored, including Isaac Habetler and Jake Nanna.

“You know, the last couple of seasons we’ve struggled, and sometimes it has taken some time to get that first win in the books to start the season,” Benedict said. “It’s nice to get it off of our backs and get back to work.

“Roughly I think we’ve had 12 wins over the past two seasons. We’ve struggled, but it’s a new season and we’re building.”

The Sailors wasted no time taking control of the contest.

Habetler got his team on the board with a goal exactly one minute into the first period, with assists from Connor Winegar and Ty Langlois. With 7:20 remaining in the first, a 3-on-1 Sailors breakaway resulted in a goal for Langlois, with assists from Connor Winegar and Nolan Kasher.

Benedict scored with 5:30 remaining in the first, with assists from Kolin Jackson and Habetler, putting Mona Shores up 3-0.  With less than a minute left in the first period, Justin Winegar found the back of the net with a power play goal, with assists from Langlois and Connor Winegar.

Isaac Habetler controls the puck for Mona Shores. Photo/Jason Goorman

The Sailors led 4-0 at the end of the first period.

Benedict scored an unassisted goal midway through the second period to give the Sailors a five-goal advantage. With 2:35 remaining in the period, Connor Winegar scored with Scotty Cotner assisting. Less than a minute later, Connor Winegar struck again, with assists coming from Langlois and Cotner.

Mona Shores recorded an impressive 26 shots on goal in the second period.

The game ended abruptly just 4:08 into the third period when Nanna found the net during a 5-on-3 power play, invoking the eight-goal mercy rule. Austin Grimm and Jacob Leibrandt had assists on the final tally.

“I thought our jump was good,” Coach Benedict said. “That’s going to be a strength of ours – team speed. We came out right away and we controlled it in their zone for a good amount of the first period. It would be good to see us shoot more. I think we tried to get too fancy a little bit. Other than that, I was happy.”

Mona Shores goalie TJ Habetler recorded the shutout, stopping all six shots he faced. The Sailors will host Kenowa Hills next Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

Mona Shores’ Jacob Leibrandt controls the puck. Photo/Jason Goorman


Ty Langlois pushes the puck along the boards for Mona Shores. Photo/Jason Goorman


Isaac Habetler controls the puck for Mona Shores. Photo/Jason Goorman


No. 12 Austin Grimm follows through after taking a shot for Mona Shores. Photo/Jason Goorman


Trent Benedic finds a break on net for Mona Shores. Photo/Jason Goorman


Connor Winegar sends a pass to No. 22 Justin Winegar, setting up a Mona Shores goal. Photo/Jason Goorman


Scogtty Cotner moves the puck being the United net. Photo/Jason Goorman


Isaac Habetler sends the puck towards the United net. Photo/Jason Goorman


Austin Grimm moves the puck along the boards for Mona Shores. Photo/Jason Goorman


Trent Benedict chases down a bouncing puck for Mona Shores. Photo/Jason Goorman

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