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HOCKEY: Balanced scoring attack leads Lakeland past West Bloomfield WITH TOUT VIDEOS

WATERFORD – Coming off of a disappointing loss to Hartland on Wednesday night, Lakeland entered Saturday night looking for a bounce back game of sorts to get back on track.

The Eagles didn’t waste any time getting back on the right track against West Bloomfield on Saturday night, picking up an 8-0 win with the help of six different goal scorers.

Lakeland head coach Tim Ronayne said that jumping out to a 3-0 lead behind three goals in a span of 90 seconds in the first period was a good way to get the ball rolling on Saturday and also added that it was good for his team to have six different players score on the night

“It was big for us, especially since our last game was a tough one against Hartland,” he said. “It was good to start scoring right away and break the ice for us and start moving in the right direction and we were able to spread out the scoring and that was good for us that everyone got a feel for the game tonight.”

After first period goals from Matthew Kovach, Bryant Cohen and Justin McFatridge, Lakeland pushed its lead to 4-0 just 14 seconds into the second period when Blake Kocsis netted the first of his two goals on the night.

Kocsis said that getting out to an early lead was big for Lakeland and added that he and his teammates were able to put pressure on the Lakers early and often.

“It was huge,” he said. “It got our team going and putting pressure on their defense and their goalie and it showed that they might not be able to stop everything we put on them.”

Nolan Johnson scored with 13:01 left to play in the second period and then Kocsis added another before intermission to push the Lakeland lead to 6-0 heading to the third period..

The Eagles held West Bloomfield to zero shots in the second period as they extended their lead and finished the game outshooting the Lakers 37-6.

Ronayne said that puck possession and keeping the puck in West Bloomfield’s end all game long, while adding that there is still room for improvement for his team going forward this winter.

“It was just about moving our feet and keeping the puck, but there’s obviously still something things that we can work on,” he said. “It was definitely the puck possession, we worked on a lot of things in practice that wasn’t specifically for this game, but to help us throughout the year and in this game we did do some of that stuff.”

Adam Szymanski picked up the shutout in net Lakeland (3-2-1)

Johnson tallied his second goal of the night just two minutes into the second period, and then the Eagles ended the game with 13:16 left on the clock in the third period when Josh Smith scored to bring the mercy rule into effect and give Lakeland an 8-0 win.

Johnson credited his team’s passing along with being active in West Bloomfield’s end of the ice for Lakeland’s scoring success on Saturday night.

“It was just a lot of passing and we were doing a lot of moving,” he said. “When we can shoot the puck like that, we can play with any team.”

Last Updated: 12/15/2013 12:34:30 PM EST

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