Another day, another two-time defending champion tonight for the Brighton hockey team, a prospect that brought laughter to Brighton coach Paul Moggach.
“I hadn’t thought of it that way,” he said.
But that’s the situation the Bulldogs find themselves in tonight, when they play host to Hartland at the Kensington Valley Ice House in a game that will be broadcast on The Livingston Post starting at 6:50 p.m. Click on the link here.
Brighton beat two-time defending Division 3 champ Detroit Country Day on Wednesday. The Eagles have won the last two Division 2 titles.
But there’s another stat that concerns Moggach: His team has lost eight in a row to the Eagles.
“Yes, it matters,” he said. “I think we have enough pride in ourselves that we don’t want to be on the other side of that again. Our players, on this team, have never beaten Hartland. That’s a rivalry that won’t be a rivalry if we don’t win a game here.”
Both teams are ranked in the coaches’ poll that came out on Thursday. Brighton moved up to No. 3 in Division 1, while Hartland stayed at No. 4 in Division 2.
“They’re a quality hockey team,” Moggach said of the Eagles. “They’re very skilled and I think that when you get the opportunity you want to get to the other side (win), but you want to do the right things. There’s not a lot of opportunity to turn pucks over or not play well in your defensive zone or take too many penalties. You’ve got to execute the plan.”
The plan has been working for the Bulldogs as of late. They’ve won seven of their last eight games, with five of the wins (out of six games total) against teams that are currently ranked.
“I’d rather have some momentum than not,” Moggach said, “but it’s one game at a time, and you still have to play the game and get a couple of breaks.”
It will be the only time the teams meet this season.