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HOCKEY: Falcons soar past Farmington Hills Unified WITH VIDEO

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Hockey - Boys - 12/21/2013 

Farmington Hills Unified 0
Farmington 3

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FARMINGTON HILLS – The Farmington Falcons broke a scoreless tie midway through the third period and went on to defeat their rivals, the Farmington Hills Unified Flyers, 3-0, in OAA Red boys hockey action Saturday night.

Jason Petras fired a long cross ice pass to Drake Cole on the left wing, and Cole had a breakaway from the blue line. Cole cut to his right, past the defenseman then scored a backhanded goal from close range off another deke to give the Falcons the lead with 8:54 to play.

Two more goals followed quickly for the Falcons. First it was Nick Heffron putting one in from just outside the crease, then Kris Hamilton banged in a rebound in the slot. All told, the Falcons put all three goals on the board in a span of just 2 minutes and 45 seconds to take control of the game and claim the victory.

“We didn’t play well in the first two period, but we put everything together in the third period, and I was really proud of our kids and how they played in the third,” Falcons head coach Bill Newton said. “You’ve gotta give the Flyers credit. They’ve lost a lot of tough games this season already, but they played their hearts out right to the end,” he added.

The game was a scrappy, physical affair that often forced both teams to play chip and chase hockey as the teams contested every inch of ice defensively, especially the Flyers led by Joey Lacaj.

“We had them where we wanted them,” Flyers head coach Ken Anderson said “But for some reason we can’t score, and then when we get down, we let up a little bit.”

Farmington Hills Unified had come out strong, out shooting the Falcons over the first two periods and carrying more of the play. But they couldn’t beat Farmington’s star goaltender John Lethemon, who finished with 31 saves in the shutout.

“Johnny is so solid. He made a couple of really key saves when he needed to, and other than that he was in control the whole game. He really frustrates the other team because kids get frustrated when they can’t score, and that allows us to gain momentum and get our game going,” Newton said. “And that’s kind of what happened tonight. We frustrated them for two periods, and then got on the board and got number two and number three.”

With the win, Farmington heads into the holiday break with a stellar 10-2 record, including 2-0 in OAA Red. “We have five games in January; our schedule really slows down for us. But all five games are against teams ranked in the top 15 in the state,” Newton said. “So we’ve got our hands full coming into the new year. But we’ve got great momentum going and we’ve got great team chemistry, so we’re kind of looking forward to those challenges.”

Farmington Hills Unified drops to 0-3 in OAA Red after another close loss. “We’re in it all the way and still lose. We’ve got to do something different. It’s an attitude, and we don’t have the right one right now,” Anderson said. “There’s something wrong, and I’ve got to fix it. And I haven’t fixed it yet.”

The Flyers will try to get back on the winning track when they play West Bloomfield after the break.

Last Updated: 12/22/2013 3:39:01 AM EST

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