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Catholic Central claims regional title in strong effort over Rochester United WITH PHOTO GALLERY

  • Novi Detroit Catholic Central scored three times in the third period to pull away for a 6-0 victory over Rochester United at USA Arena in Plymouth Saturday afternoon. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Novi Detroit Catholic Central scored three times in the third period to pull away for a 6-0 victory over Rochester United at USA Arena in Plymouth Saturday afternoon. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Novi Detroit Catholic Central scored three times in the third period to pull away for a 6-0 victory over Rochester United at USA Arena in Plymouth Saturday afternoon. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Novi Detroit Catholic Central scored three times in the third period to pull away for a 6-0 victory over Rochester United at USA Arena in Plymouth Saturday afternoon. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Novi Detroit Catholic Central scored three times in the third period to pull away for a 6-0 victory over Rochester United at USA Arena in Plymouth Saturday afternoon. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Novi Detroit Catholic Central scored three times in the third period to pull away for a 6-0 victory over Rochester United at USA Arena in Plymouth Saturday afternoon. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Novi Detroit Catholic Central scored three times in the third period to pull away for a 6-0 victory over Rochester United at USA Arena in Plymouth Saturday afternoon. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Novi Detroit Catholic Central scored three times in the third period to pull away for a 6-0 victory over Rochester United at USA Arena in Plymouth Saturday afternoon. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Novi Detroit Catholic Central scored three times in the third period to pull away for a 6-0 victory over Rochester United at USA Arena in Plymouth Saturday afternoon. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Novi Detroit Catholic Central scored three times in the third period to pull away for a 6-0 victory over Rochester United at USA Arena in Plymouth Saturday afternoon. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Novi Detroit Catholic Central scored three times in the third period to pull away for a 6-0 victory over Rochester United at USA Arena in Plymouth Saturday afternoon. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Novi Detroit Catholic Central scored three times in the third period to pull away for a 6-0 victory over Rochester United at USA Arena in Plymouth Saturday afternoon. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Novi Detroit Catholic Central scored three times in the third period to pull away for a 6-0 victory over Rochester United at USA Arena in Plymouth Saturday afternoon. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Novi Detroit Catholic Central scored three times in the third period to pull away for a 6-0 victory over Rochester United at USA Arena in Plymouth Saturday afternoon. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Novi Detroit Catholic Central scored three times in the third period to pull away for a 6-0 victory over Rochester United at USA Arena in Plymouth Saturday afternoon. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Novi Detroit Catholic Central scored three times in the third period to pull away for a 6-0 victory over Rochester United at USA Arena in Plymouth Saturday afternoon. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Novi Detroit Catholic Central scored three times in the third period to pull away for a 6-0 victory over Rochester United at USA Arena in Plymouth Saturday afternoon. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Novi Detroit Catholic Central scored three times in the third period to pull away for a 6-0 victory over Rochester United at USA Arena in Plymouth Saturday afternoon. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Novi Detroit Catholic Central scored three times in the third period to pull away for a 6-0 victory over Rochester United at USA Arena in Plymouth Saturday afternoon. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Novi Detroit Catholic Central scored three times in the third period to pull away for a 6-0 victory over Rochester United at USA Arena in Plymouth Saturday afternoon. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Novi Detroit Catholic Central scored three times in the third period to pull away for a 6-0 victory over Rochester United at USA Arena in Plymouth Saturday afternoon. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Novi Detroit Catholic Central scored three times in the third period to pull away for a 6-0 victory over Rochester United at USA Arena in Plymouth Saturday afternoon. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Novi Detroit Catholic Central scored three times in the third period to pull away for a 6-0 victory over Rochester United at USA Arena in Plymouth Saturday afternoon. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Novi Detroit Catholic Central scored three times in the third period to pull away for a 6-0 victory over Rochester United at USA Arena in Plymouth Saturday afternoon. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Novi Detroit Catholic Central scored three times in the third period to pull away for a 6-0 victory over Rochester United at USA Arena in Plymouth Saturday afternoon. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Novi Detroit Catholic Central scored three times in the third period to pull away for a 6-0 victory over Rochester United at USA Arena in Plymouth Saturday afternoon. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Novi Detroit Catholic Central scored three times in the third period to pull away for a 6-0 victory over Rochester United at USA Arena in Plymouth Saturday afternoon. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Novi Detroit Catholic Central scored three times in the third period to pull away for a 6-0 victory over Rochester United at USA Arena in Plymouth Saturday afternoon. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Novi Detroit Catholic Central scored three times in the third period to pull away for a 6-0 victory over Rochester United at USA Arena in Plymouth Saturday afternoon. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Novi Detroit Catholic Central scored three times in the third period to pull away for a 6-0 victory over Rochester United at USA Arena in Plymouth Saturday afternoon. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Novi Detroit Catholic Central scored three times in the third period to pull away for a 6-0 victory over Rochester United at USA Arena in Plymouth Saturday afternoon. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Novi Detroit Catholic Central scored three times in the third period to pull away for a 6-0 victory over Rochester United at USA Arena in Plymouth Saturday afternoon. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Novi Detroit Catholic Central scored three times in the third period to pull away for a 6-0 victory over Rochester United at USA Arena in Plymouth Saturday afternoon. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Novi Detroit Catholic Central scored three times in the third period to pull away for a 6-0 victory over Rochester United at USA Arena in Plymouth Saturday afternoon. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Novi Detroit Catholic Central scored three times in the third period to pull away for a 6-0 victory over Rochester United at USA Arena in Plymouth Saturday afternoon. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Novi Detroit Catholic Central scored three times in the third period to pull away for a 6-0 victory over Rochester United at USA Arena in Plymouth Saturday afternoon. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Novi Detroit Catholic Central scored three times in the third period to pull away for a 6-0 victory over Rochester United at USA Arena in Plymouth Saturday afternoon. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Novi Detroit Catholic Central scored three times in the third period to pull away for a 6-0 victory over Rochester United at USA Arena in Plymouth Saturday afternoon. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Novi Detroit Catholic Central scored three times in the third period to pull away for a 6-0 victory over Rochester United at USA Arena in Plymouth Saturday afternoon. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Novi Detroit Catholic Central scored three times in the third period to pull away for a 6-0 victory over Rochester United at USA Arena in Plymouth Saturday afternoon. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Novi Detroit Catholic Central scored three times in the third period to pull away for a 6-0 victory over Rochester United at USA Arena in Plymouth Saturday afternoon. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Novi Detroit Catholic Central scored three times in the third period to pull away for a 6-0 victory over Rochester United at USA Arena in Plymouth Saturday afternoon. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Novi Detroit Catholic Central scored three times in the third period to pull away for a 6-0 victory over Rochester United at USA Arena in Plymouth Saturday afternoon. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Novi Detroit Catholic Central scored three times in the third period to pull away for a 6-0 victory over Rochester United at USA Arena in Plymouth Saturday afternoon. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Novi Detroit Catholic Central scored three times in the third period to pull away for a 6-0 victory over Rochester United at USA Arena in Plymouth Saturday afternoon. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Novi Detroit Catholic Central scored three times in the third period to pull away for a 6-0 victory over Rochester United at USA Arena in Plymouth Saturday afternoon. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Novi Detroit Catholic Central scored three times in the third period to pull away for a 6-0 victory over Rochester United at USA Arena in Plymouth Saturday afternoon. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Novi Detroit Catholic Central scored three times in the third period to pull away for a 6-0 victory over Rochester United at USA Arena in Plymouth Saturday afternoon. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Novi Detroit Catholic Central scored three times in the third period to pull away for a 6-0 victory over Rochester United at USA Arena in Plymouth Saturday afternoon. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Novi Detroit Catholic Central scored three times in the third period to pull away for a 6-0 victory over Rochester United at USA Arena in Plymouth Saturday afternoon. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Novi Detroit Catholic Central scored three times in the third period to pull away for a 6-0 victory over Rochester United at USA Arena in Plymouth Saturday afternoon. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Novi Detroit Catholic Central scored three times in the third period to pull away for a 6-0 victory over Rochester United at USA Arena in Plymouth Saturday afternoon. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Novi Detroit Catholic Central scored three times in the third period to pull away for a 6-0 victory over Rochester United at USA Arena in Plymouth Saturday afternoon. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Novi Detroit Catholic Central scored three times in the third period to pull away for a 6-0 victory over Rochester United at USA Arena in Plymouth Saturday afternoon. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Novi Detroit Catholic Central scored three times in the third period to pull away for a 6-0 victory over Rochester United at USA Arena in Plymouth Saturday afternoon. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Novi Detroit Catholic Central scored three times in the third period to pull away for a 6-0 victory over Rochester United at USA Arena in Plymouth Saturday afternoon. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Novi Detroit Catholic Central scored three times in the third period to pull away for a 6-0 victory over Rochester United at USA Arena in Plymouth Saturday afternoon. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Novi Detroit Catholic Central scored three times in the third period to pull away for a 6-0 victory over Rochester United at USA Arena in Plymouth Saturday afternoon. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Novi Detroit Catholic Central scored three times in the third period to pull away for a 6-0 victory over Rochester United at USA Arena in Plymouth Saturday afternoon. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Novi Detroit Catholic Central scored three times in the third period to pull away for a 6-0 victory over Rochester United at USA Arena in Plymouth Saturday afternoon. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Novi Detroit Catholic Central scored three times in the third period to pull away for a 6-0 victory over Rochester United at USA Arena in Plymouth Saturday afternoon. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Novi Detroit Catholic Central scored three times in the third period to pull away for a 6-0 victory over Rochester United at USA Arena in Plymouth Saturday afternoon. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Novi Detroit Catholic Central scored three times in the third period to pull away for a 6-0 victory over Rochester United at USA Arena in Plymouth Saturday afternoon. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Novi Detroit Catholic Central scored three times in the third period to pull away for a 6-0 victory over Rochester United at USA Arena in Plymouth Saturday afternoon. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Novi Detroit Catholic Central scored three times in the third period to pull away for a 6-0 victory over Rochester United at USA Arena in Plymouth Saturday afternoon. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Novi Detroit Catholic Central scored three times in the third period to pull away for a 6-0 victory over Rochester United at USA Arena in Plymouth Saturday afternoon. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Novi Detroit Catholic Central scored three times in the third period to pull away for a 6-0 victory over Rochester United at USA Arena in Plymouth Saturday afternoon. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Novi Detroit Catholic Central scored three times in the third period to pull away for a 6-0 victory over Rochester United at USA Arena in Plymouth Saturday afternoon. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Novi Detroit Catholic Central scored three times in the third period to pull away for a 6-0 victory over Rochester United at USA Arena in Plymouth Saturday afternoon. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Novi Detroit Catholic Central scored three times in the third period to pull away for a 6-0 victory over Rochester United at USA Arena in Plymouth Saturday afternoon. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Novi Detroit Catholic Central scored three times in the third period to pull away for a 6-0 victory over Rochester United at USA Arena in Plymouth Saturday afternoon. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Novi Detroit Catholic Central scored three times in the third period to pull away for a 6-0 victory over Rochester United at USA Arena in Plymouth Saturday afternoon. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Novi Detroit Catholic Central scored three times in the third period to pull away for a 6-0 victory over Rochester United at USA Arena in Plymouth Saturday afternoon. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Novi Detroit Catholic Central scored three times in the third period to pull away for a 6-0 victory over Rochester United at USA Arena in Plymouth Saturday afternoon. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Novi Detroit Catholic Central scored three times in the third period to pull away for a 6-0 victory over Rochester United at USA Arena in Plymouth Saturday afternoon. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Novi Detroit Catholic Central scored three times in the third period to pull away for a 6-0 victory over Rochester United at USA Arena in Plymouth Saturday afternoon. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Novi Detroit Catholic Central scored three times in the third period to pull away for a 6-0 victory over Rochester United at USA Arena in Plymouth Saturday afternoon. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Novi Detroit Catholic Central scored three times in the third period to pull away for a 6-0 victory over Rochester United at USA Arena in Plymouth Saturday afternoon. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Novi Detroit Catholic Central scored three times in the third period to pull away for a 6-0 victory over Rochester United at USA Arena in Plymouth Saturday afternoon. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Novi Detroit Catholic Central scored three times in the third period to pull away for a 6-0 victory over Rochester United at USA Arena in Plymouth Saturday afternoon. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Novi Detroit Catholic Central scored three times in the third period to pull away for a 6-0 victory over Rochester United at USA Arena in Plymouth Saturday afternoon. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Novi Detroit Catholic Central scored three times in the third period to pull away for a 6-0 victory over Rochester United at USA Arena in Plymouth Saturday afternoon. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Novi Detroit Catholic Central scored three times in the third period to pull away for a 6-0 victory over Rochester United at USA Arena in Plymouth Saturday afternoon. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Novi Detroit Catholic Central scored three times in the third period to pull away for a 6-0 victory over Rochester United at USA Arena in Plymouth Saturday afternoon. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Novi Detroit Catholic Central scored three times in the third period to pull away for a 6-0 victory over Rochester United at USA Arena in Plymouth Saturday afternoon. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Novi Detroit Catholic Central scored three times in the third period to pull away for a 6-0 victory over Rochester United at USA Arena in Plymouth Saturday afternoon. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Novi Detroit Catholic Central scored three times in the third period to pull away for a 6-0 victory over Rochester United at USA Arena in Plymouth Saturday afternoon. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Novi Detroit Catholic Central scored three times in the third period to pull away for a 6-0 victory over Rochester United at USA Arena in Plymouth Saturday afternoon. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Novi Detroit Catholic Central scored three times in the third period to pull away for a 6-0 victory over Rochester United at USA Arena in Plymouth Saturday afternoon. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Novi Detroit Catholic Central scored three times in the third period to pull away for a 6-0 victory over Rochester United at USA Arena in Plymouth Saturday afternoon. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Novi Detroit Catholic Central scored three times in the third period to pull away for a 6-0 victory over Rochester United at USA Arena in Plymouth Saturday afternoon. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Novi Detroit Catholic Central scored three times in the third period to pull away for a 6-0 victory over Rochester United at USA Arena in Plymouth Saturday afternoon. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Novi Detroit Catholic Central scored three times in the third period to pull away for a 6-0 victory over Rochester United at USA Arena in Plymouth Saturday afternoon. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Novi Detroit Catholic Central scored three times in the third period to pull away for a 6-0 victory over Rochester United at USA Arena in Plymouth Saturday afternoon. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Novi Detroit Catholic Central scored three times in the third period to pull away for a 6-0 victory over Rochester United at USA Arena in Plymouth Saturday afternoon. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Novi Detroit Catholic Central scored three times in the third period to pull away for a 6-0 victory over Rochester United at USA Arena in Plymouth Saturday afternoon. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Novi Detroit Catholic Central scored three times in the third period to pull away for a 6-0 victory over Rochester United at USA Arena in Plymouth Saturday afternoon. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Novi Detroit Catholic Central scored three times in the third period to pull away for a 6-0 victory over Rochester United at USA Arena in Plymouth Saturday afternoon. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Novi Detroit Catholic Central scored three times in the third period to pull away for a 6-0 victory over Rochester United at USA Arena in Plymouth Saturday afternoon. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)
  • Novi Detroit Catholic Central scored three times in the third period to pull away for a 6-0 victory over Rochester United at USA Arena in Plymouth Saturday afternoon. (MIPrepZone photo by Jason Schmitt)

PLYMOUTH – The Novi Detroit Catholic Central Shamrocks claimed the Region 6 Championship and advanced to the Division 1 Quarterfinals with a convincing 6-0 win over a pesky Rochester United team.

Catholic Central dominated early and often, outshooting Rochester United 12-0 in the first period. But a solid defensive effort and some timely saves from United goaltender Trevor Szafran kept the game scoreless through the first period.

“Catholic Central is a really good hockey team,” Rochester United head coach Craig Staskowski said. “I think Trervor is what kept us in the game. Trevor was incredible.”

The Shamrocks finally broke through with 9:28 to play in the second period when Brendan West pounced on a loose puck in the slot and fired a wrist shot that found the back of the net for a 1-0 Catholic Central lead. The Shamrocks then got some breathing room with about five minutes left in the second period when Joseph Mancinelli and Alex Kreutzer scored just 27 seconds apart.

“We talked about sticking to the game plan, and eventually it will pay off. And eventually it did,” Catholic Central head coach Brandon Kaleniecki said.

United fought hard all game, but they just could not solve Catholic Central’s speedy defense, and their inability to turn breakouts into scoring chances left them with very little offense on the afternoon.

“Our defense did a good job when they were tested with those types of things. Every time they did have an opportunity to get a rush going the other way, whether it was two-on-two or one-on-one, I think the key was that none of those were odd man rushes,” Kaleniecki said. “Our defense were able to handle a two-on-two or a one-on-one, and they shot it down.”

Jared Lee, Zachary Sprys-Tellner, and Michael Considine added third period goals for the Shamrocks to close out the scoring.

The Shamrocks are after a bigger prize, trying to repeat as Division 1 Champions, and much like NHL teams who don’t touch the Conference title trophies, the Shamrocks were careful not to touch the Regional Trophy.

“I know last year we didn’t touch it,” Mancinelli said. “I’m not sure how long that’s been going on, but we just didn’t touch it.”

With the win, Catholic Central (21-7) moves on to face Saginaw Swan Valley in Wednesday’s quarterfinals where they will continue their quest to repeat.

Rochester United finishes 13-15, and Co-Champions of OAA Red.

“We were playing our best hockey up until today. I’m proud of our guys. We had a solid season,” Staskowski said. “We would have had to play a perfect game, and we didn’t play a perfect game. But this game won’t define our season. Getting to regional final is a pretty good accomplishment. Winning the league again, for the fourth year in a row was a big accomplishment. So I’m definitely proud of these guys.”

Last Updated: 3/5/2016 9:34:02 PM EST


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