Chemics falter in third period vs. Hawks

The Midland High hockey team had a decade-long losing streak against Saginaw Heritage during last season’s thrilling run against the Frozen Four. On Wednesday, the Hawks mustered a degree of revenge in a key Saginaw Valley League showdown.

Heritage broke a goalless tie with three goals in the third half, beating hosts Chemics 3-0 in a game marred by missed chances by both teams and great play by both goalies.

The Hawks improve to 11-7 overall and 2-0 in the Valley while Midland slips to 13-5, 2-1.

MHS trainer Steve Witt was not satisfied with the course of the third period.

“We were soft,” admitted Witt. “We gave them a few chances where we could have framed someone with a body, but we didn’t do it. … They moved the puck. They moved around. They scored the first goal and we were kind of back on our heels for the next 16 minutes.”

When asked what he said to his chemists afterwards, Witt added: “Just be better. We have the opportunity to look at our mistakes in the film and fix them, and too many (our players) choose not to and expect different results.

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