Grandville hockey advances to state finals

A team hug as Connor Fischer scores a goal against Bay City in a state semifinal. (March 13, 2015)


PLYMOUTH, Mich. (WOOD) — Grandville hockey is headed to the state championship game.

Grandville beat Bay City Friday night in the state semifinal; 3-2. The Bulldogs now advance to play Detroit Catholic Central on Saturday in Plymouth.

Last year, Grandville fell to Detroit Catholic Central in the state semifinals. That was the same day  Grandville lost team captain Ryan Fischer, who died suddenly of complications from an enlarged heart.

The Detroit Catholic Central High School hockey team embraced the Grandville Bulldogs Friday night after the MHSAA Division 1 hockey semifinals game. (March 7, 2014)
(The Detroit Catholic Central High School hockey team embraced the Grandville Bulldogs Friday night after the MHSAA Division 1 hockey semifinals game. (March 7, 2014)

After last year’s semifinal game, as the Grandville players gathered on the ice to pray for Ryan, the Catholic Central players joined and embranced them in a moving show of sportsmanship and compassion.

During Friday night’s game, Ryan’s younger brother Connor Fischer scored the first goal of the game for Grandville.

Watch highlights of the Friday night semifinal above.

 

 

 

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