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Country Day edges Walled Lake Northern for fifth straight win WITH PHOTO GALLERY

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Birmingham Detroit Country Day 4
Walled Lake Northern 2
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SOUTHFIELD – With its defense playing at its best, the Birmingham Detroit Country Day hockey has found a winning formula.

Behind four unanswered goals, Country Day pushed its winning streak to five consecutive on Saturday with a 4-2 win over Walled Lake Northern at the Southfield Ice Arena.

Since Jan. 23, Country Day (10-7) has recorded two shutouts and has not allowed more than three goals in a single game after allowing 11 in its previous two.

“Our defense has really been playing well in our last five games, and it all starts with our senior goalie Nick Barra,” Country Day coach Frank Novock said. “We’ve been able to kill eight penalties last night and seven tonight and that all starts with our goalie. We’ve only given up six goals in our last five games now, so our defense is very strong.

“Before our five-game winning streak, we gave up six goals to Romeo and five to Grosse Pointe South, and we weren’t scoring. We’ve gotten back to playing well in the neutral zone, getting the puck behind opponent’s defenses and playing strong in our own end.”

Country Day’s third line produced three goals in the win over Northern, including a pair from junior Will Krushena. The forward scored back-to-back goals in a 31-second span with seven and a half minutes left in the third period to put Country Day ahead 4-1. Fellow linesman Jack Mettler also the Yellowjackets their first led with 7:06 remaining in the second period on an unassisted goal. Mettler also assisted on Krushena’s first goal.

“Will and Jack have really been playing well,” Novock said. “Before winning five in a row, the third line was one of our more consistent lines for us and they did a lot of nice things. I was able to reward them tonight, because it’s not too often that they’ve been out at the end of games. But the third line produced tonight and kept the puck along the boards.”

David Markey put the Knights (12-6-1) ahead early on a 5-on-3 goal with 8:05 remaining in the first period. Country Day was tagged for nine penalties, including five in the first period, but escaped the opening period with a 1-1 tie following a goal from junior forward James Roberts with 5:45 left in the period.

Northern’s second goal came via Cameron Tomyn with 4:55 remaining in the game.

Both teams were coming in on short rest Saturday. Country Day was playing in its second game in as many nights and third since Wednesday, while Northern was coming off a loss to Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett on Friday and a tie with Lakeland on Wednesday.

Northern returns to ice the Wednesday afternoon against Troy at Chelsea’s Artic Coliseum as part of the Michigan Public High School Hockey Showcase, while Country Day travels to the University of Detroit Jesuit on Friday.

Last Updated: 1/31/2015 10:52:34 PM EST


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