MIHL wins six of 10 games against KLAA in HS Challenge Showcase
Adam Mitchell, center, coordinator of the Challenge Showcase involving high school teams from the Michigan Interscholastic Hockey League and the Kensington Lakes Athletic Association, presents MVP awards to Ben Charboneau, left, of University of Detroit Jesuit and Nick Bogenhagen of Northville High School at Livonia Eddie Edgar Arena Dec. 15. U of D won, 2-1, on a goal by Charboneau with 25 seconds to play in the game. Nine other games between the schools of both conferences resulted in five more MIHL wins and four victories for the KLAA.
For a second year, a challenge show-case between two of Michigan's best High School Hockey Conferences drew large crowds to Eddie Edgar Arena in Livonia as the Michigan Interscholastic Hockey League faced off against the Kensington Lakes Activities Association.
In a day-long series of 10 games played Dec. 15, the MIHL took six of the contests with wins by Detroit Catholic Central, Cranbrook, University of Detroit Jesuit, Trenton, DeLaSalle and Port Huron Northern.
Upending MIHL teams were KLAA’s Livonia Stevenson, Howell, Hartland and Canton.
"The day was another success for High School Hockey," said Jeff Fleming, president of the Michigan High School Hockey Coaches Association and assistant coach at Brother Rice, which fell to Hartland, 5-1. "The event was able to bring together two strong conferences and showcase some very talented players from both leagues.
“I look forward to seeing this event grow for many years to come."
The inaugural challenge between the conferences in 2017 was also decided by a 6-4 margin in favor of the MIHL squads.
Adam Mitchell, one of the key co-ordinators of the event, said this year’s games were very competitive and the crowds were excellent.
"How did you like that one?" he asked after U of D beat Northville, 2-1, when Ben Charboneau scored with 25 seconds to play. "One heck of a game."
Other MIHL winning scores were by 4-1, CC over Brighton; 3-1, DLS over Churchill; 3-2, Port Huron Northern over Novi; 5-1, Cranbrook over Plymouth, and 5-2, Trenton over Salem.
Besides Hartland's defeat of Brother Rice, KLAA's Stevenson won 3-2 over Orchard Lake St. Mary's, Canton dumped Grosse Pointe North, 5-3, and Howell beat Grosse Pointe South, 3-1.