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Lowell Caledonia hockey stuns #5 Grandville

by Justin Scott

contributing reporter

Showing the state their potential, the Lowell Caledonia hockey team upset Division One’s fifth-ranked team in the state, Grandville, on Saturday by a score of 4-1. Trailing 1-0 heading into the third period the team made four straight goals including two shorthanded to surprise the 11-6-1 Bulldogs.

With 14:35 left in the game, Wade Fridley scored a shorthanded goal assisted by Dylan Olsen and Owen Carpenter to tie the game. The eventual game-winner would be scored just four minutes later by Ryan Klieliszewski on an assist by Austin Douma.

Douma would score the second of Lowell Caledonia’s shorthanded goals with 1:59 to play with Grandville chasing an equalizer. Dylan Olsen tacked on an empty netter to seal the upset over the hosts.

Lowell Caledonia went into the game 68 spots behind Grandville in the latest My Hockey Rankings. The upset even caught the attention of Craig Peterson in a column on Michigan High School Hockey Hub, one of the state’s top online high school hockey resources. He called it along with Capital City over FHNE and Gabriel Richard over Canton one of the three top upsets in the state all year.

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