By John Johnson
MHSAA Communications Director
Two teams – one familiar with the Finals, another a first-time finalist – checked into Saturday's MHSAA hockey championship game in Division 2 with victories in the Semifinals on Thursday at USA Arena in Plymouth.
Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern/Eastern 4, Saline 2
Northern/Eastern Goes Up 2-0 - Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern/Eastern got two goals in the first period less than 90 seconds apart to jump out to an early lead. The second goal came on this rebound score by Joel Brandinger – who had two goals in the game.
Saline Ties It Up - Saline answered with the next two goals of the game, tying things up early in the second period on this power play goal by Collin Clark.
Birmingham Brother Rice 5, Hartland 2
Tosto Takes Two - Birmingham Brother Rice took a 2-0 lead after one period against Hartland, with both goals coming from Blake Tosto. The second goal came on this power play.
Hartland Pulls Within One - Early in the third period, Hartland cut the Brother Rice lead to 2-1 on this wrist shot by Jake Gallagher.