Grand Rapids Hockey vs Greenway-2017-MN High School Hockey
Grand Rapids hockey team heads to Greenway for the season's first 2017 game after winning last year's Minnesota State High School Tournament. RAIDERS SKATE PAST RAPIDS, 5-1 Nov 29, 2017 Grand Rapids Herald Review For the first time since 2004 the Greenway boys hockey team defeated Grand Rapids as the Raiders skated to a 5-1 win over the Thunderhawks Tuesday at Hodgins-Berardo Arena in Coleraine. Greenway was dominant throughout the first two periods, holding a 27-8 shot advantage and a 4-0 lead. Mitchell Vekich had a pair of goals for the Raiders with additional goals from Nikolai Rajala, Donte Lawson and Peyton Orhn. In goal, Ville Hyttinen stopped 20 of 21 Thunderhawk shot attempts. Vekich opened the scoring at 6:04 in the first period, finding space in front of Grand Rapids goalie Gabe Holum, then sliding a low, backhand shot past Holum. Later in the first, Rajala scored to extend the Raiders lead to 2-0. In the second period, Greenway outshot Grand Rapids 15-2 and tacked on goals from Lawson at 6:33 and Orhn at 11:21. The Thunderhawks broke through midway through the third period after Kobie Koenig found Tanner Hanttula to put Grand Rapids on the board. Vekich closed out the scoring with a power play goal at 15:40. Gavin Newton had two assists for the Raiders. Holum had 33 saves. Greenway hosts Virginia/Mountain Iron-Buhl Thursday and Grand Rapids has its home opener against Benilde St. Margaret’s Saturday. Greenway 5, Grand Rapids 1 GR 0 0 1 - 1 GWY 2 2 1 - 5 First period: 1, G, Mitchell Vekich (Ben Troumbly), 6:04; 2, G, Nikolai Rajala (Donte Lawson, Gavin Newton), 10:57. Second period: 3, G, Lawson (unassisted), 6:33; 4, G, Peyton Orhn (Bailey Thorson, Newton), 11:21. Third period: 5, GR, Tanner Hanttula (Kobie Koenig, Nano DeGuiseppi), 8:49; 6, G, Vekich (Brock Trboyevich), pp 15:40. Saves: G, Ville Hyttinen 20; GR, Gabe Holum 33. By News Tribune on Nov 28, 2017 at 10:57 p.m. For the first time since 2004, Greenway got the best of Grand Rapids in boys hockey Tuesday night at Hodgins-Berardo Arena, where the Raiders scored the first four goals en route to a 5-1 victory over the defending Class AA state champs. Mitchell Vekich had a pair of goals for Class A No. 9 Greenway (2-0), which hadn't defeated the Thunderhawks since Jan. 30, 2004 — a 4-2 triumph at the IRA Civic Center. In between, the Raiders lost 11 straight to their Iron Range neighbors. The rivalry became so lopsided that the teams stopped playing each other after the 2008-09 season, before reconnecting last winter. Greenway goalie Ville Hyttinen stopped 20 of 21 shots to spoil Grand Rapids' season opener and the coaching debut of Chris Marinucci.