Jackson United hockey player Kully Miotke (19) drives toward the goal against Brett Terry during a game at the Optimist Ice Arena on Friday night.
By Jeff Steers
(January 15, 2022 8:23 AM) If the Lumen Christi/Jackson United hockey game on Friday was an Olympic boxing event, the Titans would have won by a split decision.
Lumen Christi dominated the first period, Jackson came back to win the second period, and the Titans finished off the game in the third period with a big goal by Kavin Kennedy.
Kennedy scored three minutes into the third period giving LCCHS a 3-2 win over Jackson United in front of a large crowd at Optimist Ice Arena.
The Titans improved to 9-3 on the season while JU is now 6-7.
Kennedy said he saw an opening and took it.
“All I remember is I was open in the slot and saw and opening … and it happened,” Kennedy said.
Jackson United fell behind 2-0 late in the first period, but rallied with a goal with eight seconds remaining in the period by Kully Miotke. The goal gave Jackson a boost of energy for the second and third periods.
“We took it to them in the second and third periods but didn’t score enough,” JU Coach Matt Grimes said. “We were confident heading into the game and felt the matchups were good.”
Lumen Christi took a 2-0 lead on goals by Nash Hanchett and Josh Dumont – both players on the first line with Kennedy.
Jackson tied the game up at 2-all in the second period on a second goal by Miotke. JU outshot the Titans 7-6 in the second period.
But the game winning goal by Kennedy proved to be huge for the Titans.
LCCHS goalie Matt Hoop stopped 16 shots on the night to earn the win. The goalie was snowed under with less than 10 seconds remaining in the game on a flurry by JU.
“I wasn’t sure where it (puck) was,” Hoop said. “I thought I had it with me.”
Jackson United goalie Easton Craig stopped 17 shots on goal for the night. Shots on goal were nearly event with the Titans outshooting JU by two.
The rivalry win was the first for LCCHS Coach Dan Brady.
“We won the first period, they won the second, and we said in the locker room between the second and third periods whoever won this third would win the game,” Brady said.
Neither team will have much time to dwell on the rivalry game as Jackson hosts Ann Arbor Huron today at 4:30 at Optimist and the Titans travel to Okemos for a 7:30 puck drop.
Friday night’s game will be re-broadcast on JTV Saturday, January 15 at 7 PM and Sunday, January 16 at 1 and 9 PM.