Heritage drew first blood, taking advantage of a Davison penalty just past the 5-minute mark of the opening frame when Hawks senior David Helpap
buried a power play goal with assists coming from junior Brady Rappuhn
and senior Edison Symons
for a 1-0 Heritage lead at 5:45 of the first period.
The Cardinals answered just 27-seconds later when Davison junior Jeffrey Schmidt
scored on a feed from sophomore Dylan Wendel
and junior Dylan McMullen
to tie the game at 1-goal apiece at 6:12 of the first period, however, the hawks would regain the lead just a few minutes later, capitalizing on another Davison penalty near the midway point of the first when Heritage sophomore Eathan Houck
converted the power play goal on a feed from Heritage junior Matthew Cole
for a 2-1 Hawks lead at 7:42 of the first period.
Heritage junior William Schmidt
found the back of the net near the end of the first frame, scoring the eventual game winner with assists from senior A.J. Felton
and junior Connor Krausneck
at the 12:39 mark, giving the Hawks a 3-1 lead heading into the first intermission.
Davison managed to make it a 1-goal game early in the middle frame when senior Gage Thrall scored to cut the Heritage lead to 3-2 at 10:53 of the second period, but Krausneck answered with a bar-down one-timer with an assist from Felton to extend the Hawks' lead to 4-2 at the 14:55 mark of the second period.
Heritage senior Parker Severson
would wrap up the scoring with a pair of goals in the final frame; converting a Hawks' power play goal with assists from Rappuhn and Symons to take a 5-2 lead at 3:27 of the third, before scoring his second goal of the night with an assist from senior Jacob Best
for a 6-2 lead at 16:27 of the third period.
The Hawks' senior all state goal tender Jack Jesko
stopped 12 of the 14 shots he faced in between the pipes for Heritage, picking up his fifth win of the season.
Davison will look to rebound with a game in less than 24-hours against Alliance (a team made up of players from Almont, Goodrich, Imlay City, Lakeville, and North Branch high school's) in an early 12:30 pm game at the Dort Federal Event Center in downtown Flint tomorrow afternoon, while Heritage will be off until after Christmas when the Hawks open the 2018 Scott Miller Memorial Tournament with a 6 pm face off against No. 3 (D1) Salem High School (4-3) on Thursday Dec. 27, at Centre Ice Arena in Traverse City, MI next week.
Video of the No. 2 ranked Heritage HS hockey team leaving the ice after a 6-2 win over Davison HS tonight: