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Traverse City Central Beats Bay Area Thunder in First Round

BAY CITY — Traverse City Central started its postseason in hockey on Monday with an 8-0 victory over the Bay Area Thunder.

“I thought we played well tonight, obviously controlled the play,” T.C. Central head coach Chris Givens said. “We got the first step out of the way, so now we can get back to practice (Tuesday) and then have it at on Wednesday in the second round.”

The Trojans outshot the Thunder, 48-8, in the game. Cam Peters, Owen Dawson and Hunter Folgmann all notched two goals for T.C. Central.

“We did a great job on defense of not allowing to get any opportunities on me, so that’s always huge especially in playoffs where if you lose you’re done,” Central goaltender Grant Neuhardt said. “It’s obviously a huge win for us, and we’re looking to carry that momentum to Petoskey.”

The Trojans advance to the regional semifinals to face Petoskey on Wednesday at 5 p.m. in Gaylord. The two teams split their regular season matchups.