Bay Reps End Historic Season in State Semifinals
PLYMOUTH – A historic season for the Bay Reps hockey program ended Friday in the MHSAA Division 1 state semifinals with a 5-2 loss to No. 2 Saginaw Heritage at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth.
Trailing 3-0 midway through the second period, Logan Kerry put the Bay Reps on the scoreboard with 12:40 remaining.
The Bay Reps (23-6) trailed 2-0 after a period and 5-1 after two.
Kamerin Lannen registered 28 saves in the loss.
“We weren’t supposed to be here,” Bay Reps senior Chris Deneweth said. “We were never supposed to win a playoff game. We were supposed to be stopped right off of the bat. So, to come all the way here is just remarkable to be a part of this team that made history for the Bay Reps.”
Champions of the Northern Michigan Hockey League, the Bay Reps recorded their first quarterfinal win in the 19-year history of the program with a 4-3 overtime win over seventh-ranked Byron Center on Wednesday.
“We could’ve had four or five goals in this game also,” Bay Reps coach Mike Matteucci said. “We made some mistakes at times, and you’re going to against good teams. You know, the game’s much faster. I’m proud of the way we played.”
The Bay Reps registered postseason wins over Muskegon Reeths-Puffer (6-4), Grand Haven (5-1) and No. 10 Rockford (2-1) along the way.
Saginaw Heritage (28-2) will now face top-ranked Detroit Catholic Central for the state championship Saturday at 6:05 p.m.