CHARITY MAR. 26, '16

On Saturday, March 26, 2016,  members of the West Michigan Phantoms were able to participate in a very special event for a great cause.  For the fourth time in the team's history, the team was asked to play in a Charity Game at Van Andel Arena in Downtown Grand Rapids to help support the Grand Rapids Griffins Youth Foundation.  The Youth Foundation was established in 1995 by the Grand Rapids Griffins (American Hockey League team) to promotes academic excellence, community involvement and healthy lifestyles among the youth of West Michigan, enhancing their lives through hockey and ice-related sports.

This event was spearheaded by Brian Dudek and Kevin Wootton back in 2014 as a way to bring two groups of hockey teams that have battled against each other at multiple rinks together in a new venue for a great cause.  The 2016 battle at Van Andel was the third time in three years that both Dudek's and Woot's team played against each other in this event at the 'Freezer on Fulton'. During this 2016 clash, 30 players and 2 goaltenders squared off with hundreds of family members and friends in attendance to all support the foundation.  The game took place between the West Michigan Phantoms (Walker Ice & Fitness Team) and MOS Office Solutions (Patterson Ice Arena Team) and again featured many players who have played against each other for nearly 12 years.  

In the end, MOS rallied to defeat the Phantoms 8-3.  The West Michigan Phantoms were powered by goals from Nate Skoboda, Kyle Clark and Andrew Erickson.  Following the Charity Game, members of both teams hit the bars in Downtown Grand Rapids to hang out and later in the evening all gathered to watch the Grand Rapids Griffins take on the Lake Erie Monster's at Van Andel.

PHANTOM ROSTER: 

G- #35 Kevin Wootton
#11 Jordon Tomkins
#19 Kyle Clark
#72 Keith Moorman
# 91 Andrew Erickson
#20 Chris Laux
#21 Brad Zehr
#27 Nate Skoboda

#88 Trent Kik
#14 Matt Myers
#10 Dave Harper
#6 Pavel Fabian
#47 Dan Datema
#17 Shawn DeBoer
#22 Ryan Johnson

MOS ROSTER: 

G- #30 Brian Dudek
#8 Nick Koster
#11 Wayne Vredenburg
#17 Claude Saliers
#20 Norm Farr
#10 Jim Boese
#26 Ryan House
#9 Bobby Janecyk

#4 Chris Murray
#27 Steve Koich
#13 Derek Jelsema
#16 Paul Fitzpatrick
#12 Brian Steil
#22 Jon Byker
#2 Mike Stark
#Mike Brossman

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