Stevenson Lifts Bay Reps to First State Semifinal Appearance
BIG RAPIDS – Jake Stevenson’s overtime winner propelled the 11th-ranked Bay Reps to a 4-3 victory over seventh-ranked Byron Center on Wednesday at Ferris State and punched the program’s first MHSAA Division 1 state semifinal berth in the process.
Trailing 3-1 with under six minutes remaining in regulation Wednesday, Stevenson scored the first of his two goals to bring the Bay Reps within one. Kaleb Miller then sent the game into overtime with a goal with 3:41 remaining in the third period.
Chris Deneweth opened the scoring for the Bay Reps less than two minutes into the opening period as the two teams were tied at 1-1 through two periods.
The Bay Reps (23-5) will now face defending state runner-up and second-ranked Saginaw Heritage (27-2) Friday at 7:30 p.m. at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth.