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Hartland too much for Walled Lake Northern, claims 4th-straight regional title WITH PHOTO GALLERY

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Hockey - Boys - 3/7/2015 

Hartland 6
Walled Lake Northern 3
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HARTLAND — It’s often said that the most dangerous lead in hockey is two goals, but don’t tell that to Hartland. Three different times Hartland stretched a 2-goal lead into three in Saturday’s 6-3 Division 2 regional final win over Walled Lake Northern at Hartland Sports Center.

“That next goal is huge in a two-goal game,” Hartland head coach Rick Gadwa said. “It’s all about momentum at that point. Every time we were able to climb out of that two goal lead into a three goal lead, it just added to our confidence.”

Both teams took advantage of special teams with only two goals coming with both teams at full strength. Each team had three power play goals while Hartland also added a 4-on-4 goal.

“Special teams is something we’ve struggled with all year,” Gadwa said. “As of late, the power play has gotten better. It’s crucial in playoffs that when a team takes a penalty that you can score a goal. It’s all about momentum.”

Kyle Boemer, David Markey and Myles Jackman each recorded a pair of points for Northern.

Daniel Smith scored two goals for Hartland while Brenden Lipon, Philip Caris, Nicholas Snyder and Shane Kelly each had a single tally for the Eagles. Trevor Murray and Zachary Sexton each had a pair of assists for Hartland.

Northern (18-8-2) head coach Tim McGraw had nothing but praise for both Hartland and the season his Knights turned in.

“Hartland is a good club,” “That winning breeds winning. They’ve got a good club, a good coach and that’s something to aim at. We played 28 games this year and only lost eight, so we’re very, very proud.”

The No. 4 ranked Eagles (13-7-2) claimed their fourth straight regional championship, but Gadwa said his squad will need a better team performance if they want to get past No. 1 ranked Birmingham Brother Rice and return to Compuware Arena for a chance to improve upon the last two years when they lost in the finals.

“It’s good to win a regional championship,” “The last couple years, we’ve had a lot of success. We were looking to continue that. Our goal is to get back to Compuware. We’re going to have a tough road to get there.”

Last Updated: 3/8/2015 12:01:23 PM EST


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