Hartland’s hockey team could’ve used just a little bit of the offense it displayed Friday night when it faced Byron Center last March.
The Eagles gained a measure of revenge for last season’s state quarterfinal loss to Byron Center with a 7-3 victory at Southside Ice Arena.
The last time the teams met, the Bulldogs ended Hartland’s quest for a third consecutive state Division 2 championship with a 2-1 victory at Munn Ice Arena.
“Going in, it’s something we talked about, not even as much about last year, but moving forward it’s a potential quarterfinal matchup,” Hartland coach Rick Gadwa said. “You have to be able to set the tone early and get familiar with each other. We definitely wanted to set a tone tonight.”
Gadwa watched the game from home via a live stream while recovering from COVID. He said it’s only the second game he’s missed since becoming head coach in 2011-12.
He remembers the date of his last absence — Feb. 19, 2016 — because it’s the day his daughter was born. Hartland beat Livonia Stevenson, 4-0, to win the KLAA championship that day.
“We win big games when coach Gadwa’s out,” he said.
“Getting an eagle eye look at it is a little bit different than what I’m used to. At the same time, you get a good look at your team’s structure when you sit back and watch it on film.”
Hartland got out to a 2-0 lead 6:06 into the game on goals by Braden Pietila and Ashton Trombley. Byron Center tied it, 2-2, by scoring two goals 36 seconds apart midway through the first period.
Pietila’s second goal of the game just 1:06 later gave Hartland the lead for good. Brady Balagna scored two goals early in the second period to make it 5-2. The Eagles led 6-2 going into the third, chasing all-state goalie Carson MacKenzie in the process.
Jack Paweski and Nick Halonen had Hartland’s other goals.
The Eagles outshot Byron Center, 29-27.
Fowlerville 49, Lansing Eastern 48
Greg Wilkinson’s free throw with seven seconds left in the game gave Fowlerville the victory.
Eastern stormed back from 12 points down in the final four minutes, tying the game 48-48 with 40 seconds left. Following a Fowlerville timeout with 15 seconds remaining, Wilkinson was fouled and hit one of two free throws.
Eastern’s Kyren McKnight, who beat Fowlerville on a buzzer-beater two years ago, missed a contested shot at the buzzer.
Wilkinson followed up Tuesday’s career-high 26-point performance against Owosso by scoring 25 points. Carter Young had 12 points for the Gladiators (6-3).
Hartland 47, Plymouth 33
Ryan Bohlen scored 16 points, Brendan Lewis 10 and Gannon Grundman eight for Hartland (7-2).
Charyl Stockwell 54, Novi Christian 37
Henry Munkres had 18 points and five steals, Kian Rooney had eight points, Christian Hammond had five steals, and Louis Perri had five blocks for Stockwell.
Fowlerville 66, Lansing Eastern 37
Fowlerville senior Levee Clark needed only three quarters to post the highest-scoring game in Livingston County girls basketball this season.
Clark scored 28 points, eclipsing a 25-point performance by Howell’s Sophie Daugard Jan. 7 at Plymouth. Clark scored seven points in the first quarter, 11 in the second and 10 in the third, hitting five 3-pointers. The Gladiators led 52-27 after three quarters.
Tori Briggs had 12 points for Fowlerville.
Hartland 55, Plymouth 18
Gracey Metz, Lauren Sollom and Amanda Roach scored eight points each for Hartland (10-1).
Tecumseh 56, Pinckney 45
Alina Shook scored 17 points, Kailey Lambert and Audrey Wardlow scored nine each, and Bella O’Keefe scored seven for Pinckney.
Swimming and diving
Pinckney 98.5, Chelsea 86.5
Pinckney seniors Tyler Ray and Erik Bolang continued to rewrite records.
Ray set school records with his winning times of 1:54.75 in the 200-yard individual medley and 46.67 seconds in the 100 freestyle. His 200 IM time was also a Chelsea pool record. His 100 freestyle time is third in Livingston County history behind a 46.29 by Brighton’s JD Ham in 2015 and a 46.45 by Howell’s Hunter Gubeno in 2020.
Bolang set a pool record with his time of 51.03 in the 100 butterfly. He won the 50 freestyle in 22.64.
Bolang and Ray were on the winning 200 and 400 freestyle relay teams.
Sophomore Dylan Ray won the 100 breaststroke in 1:07.26 and was second to his brother in the 200 individual medley in 2:05.96. He was on two winning relays.
Talon Koppmann and Merek Dickey helped the Pirates win two relays.
Mt. Brighton giant slalom meet
Brighton finished in first place with a score of 25.5. Howell was sixth with 93 points and Howell didn’t have a full team.
Hunter Post was second, Bradyn Galloway third and John Popov fifth to lead Brighton.
Evan Eikey was eighth and Oliver Gottbreht 10th for Charyl Stockwell.
Mt. Brighton giant slalom meet
Brighton tied Farmington Hills Mercy atop the standings with 38 points, but Mercy won the fifth-skier tie-breaker, 27-42.
Howell was eighth and Charyl Stockwell didn’t have a full team.
Brighton’s Isabella Millitello won by 1.01 seconds with a time of 30.91.
Abby Storch was seventh and Ellie Williams 10th for Brighton. Maddie Lindsay was fifth and Sydney Yates 12th for Charyl Stockwell. Howell’s Kamilla Bezdekova was 14th.
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This article originally appeared on Livingston Daily: Preps: Hartland avenges hockey quarterfinal loss to Byron Center