The Mustangs traveled to Lansing to take on a new South Central High School Hockey League member, the Mid-Michigan Marauders. The Marauders are a co-op team between the high schools of Holt, Eaton Rapids, Grand Ledge, Portland and Potterville.
The Mustang offense got on the board quickly, scoring just over three minutes into the game. Luke Sproule collected a rebound and passed the puck down the boards to Jaden Sorenson at the near the faceoff dot. Sorenson turned and ripped the puck top shelf past the goaltender's glove to give the Mustangs the lead.
Portage Central scored again a few minutes later when Mitchell Haines skated in hard on the forecheck and deflected a Marauder clearing attempt which Hunter Maschke picked up. Maschke took a few steps and fired a laser shot top shelf, shortside to light the lamp for the Mustangs again.
Sproule scored the third Mustangs goal of the first period less than two minutes later. Sproule carried the puck into the zone and tried to work around the Marauder defender but was cutoff and the defender chipped the puck up the boards. Justin Hayward jumped up to grab the puck and pass it back to Sproule. Sproule walked around a defender then fired a wicked backhander by the goalie's glove to make the score 3-0 at the end of the first.
Portage Central scored a beautiful powerplay goal early in the second period. Will Anderson worked the puck to Maschke to made a cross-ice pass to Hayward, then drove for the net. Hayward made a perfect pass back across the zone to Maschke in stride at the back of the net for a tap in goal.
The Marauders scored later in the second on a goal mouth scramble, but Bryan Gracey played well in net, make at least two outstanding saves and turning away all of the other Marauder shots for the win.
The Mustangs finished with 4 goals on 31 shots while Gracey stopped 15 of the 16 shots he faced.