Opening the 2017 – 2018 USPHL with a win and loss in Fraser, Michigan on September 22nd and 23rd with the Motor City Hawks, the Kalkaska Rhinos hit the ice for the third time in three days they met the Detroit Fighting Irish at the Brownstown Sports Center in USPHL Premier Midwest East division action.
Kalkaska’s Arsh Dhollin sank the first goal of the game 8:13 into the opening period with a pass from Hendrik Röbel to give the Rhinos a 1 – 0 lead. 27 seconds past the halfway mark of the period, the Fighting Irish’s Peyton Hughes sends a pass to Zachary Wiener to even the game 1 – 1 for Detroit. At 13:33 of the first, John Lizyness sinks the go – ahead goal for the hosts with Hughes adding the helper on Lizyness’ goal. With an unassisted Rhinos goal. Corey Kops fires the tying goal for the visitors with 2:36 left in the period to send Kalkaska into the first intermission tied at 2 – 2. Josh Weber finds the back of Rhinos’ goaltender Brenden Williams at 11:41 of the middle stanza for the Fighting Irish’s third of the game with an assist from Zachary Wiener.
Noah Reeser adds a contributor on Detroit’s Tyler Kajewski’s goal to bring the hosts lead to 4 – 2 at 3:54 of the final period. With Kalkaska on a power play, Rhinos’s captain Tomasz Skokan pulls the visitors within on with an unassisted goal. Scoring his second of the contest 13:28 into the third was Corey Kops of the Rhinos and tying the game at 4 – 4. Jacob Hardwick had the helper on Kops goal. Brayden McDonald gives Kalkaska a 5 – 4 lead at 14:51 of the period with Dhillon setting up McDonald’s goal. With 2:29 left in the game, Peyton Hughes sinks the fifth goal for the Fighting Irish with Brendon Hull registering the assist and to send the game into overtime. Hendrik Röbel finds the back of Detroit’s net 27 seconds into the overtime to give Kalkaska a 6 – 5 overtime win. Skokan had the contributor on Röbel’s power play overtime winner. Rhino’s goaltender Brenden Williams stopped 28 of 33 shots in Kalkaska’s second win of the season.
The Rhinos will hit the road to face the Tri City Icehawks on September 29th in Bay City, Michigan at the Bay County Civic Arena in a 7:30 p.m start.