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HOCKEY: Novi skates past Davison into Clarkston Holiday Tournament final

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Hockey - Boys - 12/20/2013 

Davison 1
Novi 4

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BLOOMFIELD HILLS – The Novi Wildcats defeated the Davison Cardinals 4-1 to advance to the final of the Clarkston Holiday Hockey Tournament.

Drake Shepard got the eventual game winner with 6:51 left in the second period, sneaking a long shot in transition into the back of the net.

Novi controlled the game for long stretches, pinning the Cardinals in their own end while the Wildcats moved the puck around. But the Cardinals’ defense took away the crease, forcing Novi to shoot from the outside much of the night. The end result left Novi with a 33-17 margin in shots, but the Wildcats didn’t have many quality chances.

However, the chances that Novi was able to create, they cashed in, including a power play goal early in the second period to open the scoring. Christopher Kennedy got the Wildcats on the board less than two minutes into the second period when he snuck out from behind the net and jammed it into the near side.

On the other hand, Novi was able to limit Davison’s chances by pressuring the puck in the neutral zone, making it hard for the Cardinals to get out the puck deep and get the offense set up in the Wildcat end.

Davison tied the game midway through the period when Lance McLean sprang Josh Hill on a breakaway and Hill executed a hesitation deke before firing the puck just under the crossbar to knot it at 1-1. But Shepard put Novi back ahead just 1:20 later, and the Wildcats would add two goals in the third period – one each by Jacob Cyr and Niklas Tewilliager. Gage Fisher added two assists for the Wildcats.

Both goaltenders also turned in solid performances, with David Arterburn making 29 saves for Davison, while Austin Petty stopped 16 shots to pick up the win in net for Novi.

Despite the loss, Davison coach Doug Towler was happy with his team’s performance as his young club tries to measure themselves against high quality competition this weekend. “There were areas of the game we did a nice job and areas of the game that I didn’t think we did a very good job,” he said. “It’s part of being an inexperienced club, but we’ve got to learn quickly.”

Davison (5-1) while play Macomb Dakota in the tournament’s consolation game at noon on Saturday. Novi (6-4) advances to the championship game against Clarkston, which is schedule for 2:30.

Last Updated: 12/20/2013 10:36:37 PM EST

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