Houghton tops Traverse City Central 5-2 for first win of season

HOUGHTON — The Houghton Gremlins earned their first win of the season on Friday, beating the Traverse City Central Trojans 5-2 at Dee Stadium.

Houghton’s Taavi Rajala scored twice, while Dawson McKay, Seth Francois and Clayton Sayen each scored for the Gremlins (1-2).

McKay also tallied two assists to make for a three-point night.

The Gremlins held a 38-20 shot advantage, while Houghton’s Will Stier finished with 18 saves.

For Traverse City (2-2), Sebastian Brons-Piche and Charlie Douglass each scored.

Next, Houghton hosts Hartland today at 1 p.m., while Traverse City heads to Hancock for a 1 p.m. matchup.

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First period

TC — Sebastian Brons-Piche (Carson Peters), 4:29, 1-0

Houghton — Taavi Rajala (Patrick Donnelly, Dawson McKay), 5:00, 1-1

Houghton — Dawson McKay (Justin Norkol),15:20, 2-1

Second period

Houghton — Taavi Rajala (Dawson McKay), 0:18, 3-1

Houghton — Seth Francois (Clayton Sayen, Justin Norkol), 3:37, 4-1

Houghton — Clayton Sayen (Derrian Raffaelli), 11:06, 5-1

TC — Charlie Douglass (Noah Kendra, Jack Olson), 2:40, 5-2

Saves

TC: Spencer Terres: 10 17 6 — 33

Houghton: Will Stier 7 6 5 — 18

Penalties

TC: 0/0; Houghton 2/4

Power play

TC: 1/2; Houghton 0/0

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