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Vogel scores four goals, Brother Rice clams regional title over Berkley Unified WITH PHOTO GALLERY

  • The Birmingham Brother Rice Warriors celebrate their 8-3 victory over the Berkley Bears in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Saturday March 5, 2016 at the Oak Park Ice Arena. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • Brother Rice's Emerson Vogel (27) and Berkley's Ian Melrose (9) go for the puck during the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Saturday March 5, 2016 at the Oak Park Ice Arena. Vogel had 4 goals for Rice and Melrose had 2 goals for the Bears. The Warriors won the title with an 8-3 win.(MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • Brother Rice's Adam Blanck (5) tries to move the puck in front of Berkley's Ian Melrose (9) during the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Saturday March 5, 2016 at the Oak Park Ice Arena. The Warriors won the title with an 8-3 win over the Bears.(MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • Berkley's Kevin Jurvis (43) makes a move around Joey Blanck (18) of Brother Rice during the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Saturday March 5, 2016 at the Oak Park Ice Arena. The Bears lost to the Warriors 8-3.(MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Birmingham Brother Rice Warriors defeated the Berkley Bears 8-3 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Saturday March 5, 2016 at the Oak Park Ice Arena. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Birmingham Brother Rice Warriors defeated the Berkley Bears 8-3 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Saturday March 5, 2016 at the Oak Park Ice Arena. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Birmingham Brother Rice Warriors defeated the Berkley Bears 8-3 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Saturday March 5, 2016 at the Oak Park Ice Arena. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Birmingham Brother Rice Warriors defeated the Berkley Bears 8-3 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Saturday March 5, 2016 at the Oak Park Ice Arena. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Birmingham Brother Rice Warriors defeated the Berkley Bears 8-3 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Saturday March 5, 2016 at the Oak Park Ice Arena. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Birmingham Brother Rice Warriors defeated the Berkley Bears 8-3 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Saturday March 5, 2016 at the Oak Park Ice Arena. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Birmingham Brother Rice Warriors defeated the Berkley Bears 8-3 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Saturday March 5, 2016 at the Oak Park Ice Arena. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Birmingham Brother Rice Warriors defeated the Berkley Bears 8-3 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Saturday March 5, 2016 at the Oak Park Ice Arena. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Birmingham Brother Rice Warriors defeated the Berkley Bears 8-3 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Saturday March 5, 2016 at the Oak Park Ice Arena. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Birmingham Brother Rice Warriors defeated the Berkley Bears 8-3 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Saturday March 5, 2016 at the Oak Park Ice Arena. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Birmingham Brother Rice Warriors defeated the Berkley Bears 8-3 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Saturday March 5, 2016 at the Oak Park Ice Arena. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Birmingham Brother Rice Warriors defeated the Berkley Bears 8-3 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Saturday March 5, 2016 at the Oak Park Ice Arena. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Birmingham Brother Rice Warriors defeated the Berkley Bears 8-3 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Saturday March 5, 2016 at the Oak Park Ice Arena. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Birmingham Brother Rice Warriors defeated the Berkley Bears 8-3 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Saturday March 5, 2016 at the Oak Park Ice Arena. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Birmingham Brother Rice Warriors defeated the Berkley Bears 8-3 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Saturday March 5, 2016 at the Oak Park Ice Arena. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Birmingham Brother Rice Warriors defeated the Berkley Bears 8-3 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Saturday March 5, 2016 at the Oak Park Ice Arena. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Birmingham Brother Rice Warriors defeated the Berkley Bears 8-3 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Saturday March 5, 2016 at the Oak Park Ice Arena. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Birmingham Brother Rice Warriors defeated the Berkley Bears 8-3 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Saturday March 5, 2016 at the Oak Park Ice Arena. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Birmingham Brother Rice Warriors defeated the Berkley Bears 8-3 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Saturday March 5, 2016 at the Oak Park Ice Arena. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Birmingham Brother Rice Warriors defeated the Berkley Bears 8-3 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Saturday March 5, 2016 at the Oak Park Ice Arena. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Birmingham Brother Rice Warriors defeated the Berkley Bears 8-3 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Saturday March 5, 2016 at the Oak Park Ice Arena. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Birmingham Brother Rice Warriors defeated the Berkley Bears 8-3 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Saturday March 5, 2016 at the Oak Park Ice Arena. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Birmingham Brother Rice Warriors defeated the Berkley Bears 8-3 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Saturday March 5, 2016 at the Oak Park Ice Arena. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Birmingham Brother Rice Warriors defeated the Berkley Bears 8-3 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Saturday March 5, 2016 at the Oak Park Ice Arena. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Birmingham Brother Rice Warriors defeated the Berkley Bears 8-3 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Saturday March 5, 2016 at the Oak Park Ice Arena. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Birmingham Brother Rice Warriors defeated the Berkley Bears 8-3 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Saturday March 5, 2016 at the Oak Park Ice Arena. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Birmingham Brother Rice Warriors defeated the Berkley Bears 8-3 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Saturday March 5, 2016 at the Oak Park Ice Arena. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Birmingham Brother Rice Warriors defeated the Berkley Bears 8-3 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Saturday March 5, 2016 at the Oak Park Ice Arena. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Birmingham Brother Rice Warriors defeated the Berkley Bears 8-3 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Saturday March 5, 2016 at the Oak Park Ice Arena. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Birmingham Brother Rice Warriors defeated the Berkley Bears 8-3 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Saturday March 5, 2016 at the Oak Park Ice Arena. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Birmingham Brother Rice Warriors defeated the Berkley Bears 8-3 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Saturday March 5, 2016 at the Oak Park Ice Arena. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Birmingham Brother Rice Warriors defeated the Berkley Bears 8-3 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Saturday March 5, 2016 at the Oak Park Ice Arena. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Birmingham Brother Rice Warriors defeated the Berkley Bears 8-3 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Saturday March 5, 2016 at the Oak Park Ice Arena. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Birmingham Brother Rice Warriors defeated the Berkley Bears 8-3 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Saturday March 5, 2016 at the Oak Park Ice Arena. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Birmingham Brother Rice Warriors defeated the Berkley Bears 8-3 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Saturday March 5, 2016 at the Oak Park Ice Arena. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Birmingham Brother Rice Warriors defeated the Berkley Bears 8-3 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Saturday March 5, 2016 at the Oak Park Ice Arena. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Birmingham Brother Rice Warriors defeated the Berkley Bears 8-3 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Saturday March 5, 2016 at the Oak Park Ice Arena. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Birmingham Brother Rice Warriors defeated the Berkley Bears 8-3 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Saturday March 5, 2016 at the Oak Park Ice Arena. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Birmingham Brother Rice Warriors defeated the Berkley Bears 8-3 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Saturday March 5, 2016 at the Oak Park Ice Arena. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Birmingham Brother Rice Warriors defeated the Berkley Bears 8-3 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Saturday March 5, 2016 at the Oak Park Ice Arena. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Birmingham Brother Rice Warriors defeated the Berkley Bears 8-3 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Saturday March 5, 2016 at the Oak Park Ice Arena. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Birmingham Brother Rice Warriors defeated the Berkley Bears 8-3 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Saturday March 5, 2016 at the Oak Park Ice Arena. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Birmingham Brother Rice Warriors defeated the Berkley Bears 8-3 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Saturday March 5, 2016 at the Oak Park Ice Arena. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Birmingham Brother Rice Warriors defeated the Berkley Bears 8-3 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Saturday March 5, 2016 at the Oak Park Ice Arena. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Birmingham Brother Rice Warriors defeated the Berkley Bears 8-3 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Saturday March 5, 2016 at the Oak Park Ice Arena. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Birmingham Brother Rice Warriors defeated the Berkley Bears 8-3 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Saturday March 5, 2016 at the Oak Park Ice Arena. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Birmingham Brother Rice Warriors defeated the Berkley Bears 8-3 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Saturday March 5, 2016 at the Oak Park Ice Arena. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Birmingham Brother Rice Warriors defeated the Berkley Bears 8-3 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Saturday March 5, 2016 at the Oak Park Ice Arena. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Birmingham Brother Rice Warriors defeated the Berkley Bears 8-3 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Saturday March 5, 2016 at the Oak Park Ice Arena. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Birmingham Brother Rice Warriors defeated the Berkley Bears 8-3 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Saturday March 5, 2016 at the Oak Park Ice Arena. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Birmingham Brother Rice Warriors defeated the Berkley Bears 8-3 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Saturday March 5, 2016 at the Oak Park Ice Arena. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Birmingham Brother Rice Warriors defeated the Berkley Bears 8-3 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Saturday March 5, 2016 at the Oak Park Ice Arena. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Birmingham Brother Rice Warriors defeated the Berkley Bears 8-3 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Saturday March 5, 2016 at the Oak Park Ice Arena. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Birmingham Brother Rice Warriors defeated the Berkley Bears 8-3 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Saturday March 5, 2016 at the Oak Park Ice Arena. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Birmingham Brother Rice Warriors defeated the Berkley Bears 8-3 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Saturday March 5, 2016 at the Oak Park Ice Arena. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Birmingham Brother Rice Warriors defeated the Berkley Bears 8-3 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Saturday March 5, 2016 at the Oak Park Ice Arena. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Birmingham Brother Rice Warriors defeated the Berkley Bears 8-3 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Saturday March 5, 2016 at the Oak Park Ice Arena. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Birmingham Brother Rice Warriors defeated the Berkley Bears 8-3 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Saturday March 5, 2016 at the Oak Park Ice Arena. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Birmingham Brother Rice Warriors defeated the Berkley Bears 8-3 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Saturday March 5, 2016 at the Oak Park Ice Arena. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Birmingham Brother Rice Warriors defeated the Berkley Bears 8-3 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Saturday March 5, 2016 at the Oak Park Ice Arena. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Birmingham Brother Rice Warriors defeated the Berkley Bears 8-3 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Saturday March 5, 2016 at the Oak Park Ice Arena. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Birmingham Brother Rice Warriors defeated the Berkley Bears 8-3 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Saturday March 5, 2016 at the Oak Park Ice Arena. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Birmingham Brother Rice Warriors defeated the Berkley Bears 8-3 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Saturday March 5, 2016 at the Oak Park Ice Arena. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Birmingham Brother Rice Warriors defeated the Berkley Bears 8-3 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Saturday March 5, 2016 at the Oak Park Ice Arena. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Birmingham Brother Rice Warriors defeated the Berkley Bears 8-3 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Saturday March 5, 2016 at the Oak Park Ice Arena. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Birmingham Brother Rice Warriors defeated the Berkley Bears 8-3 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Saturday March 5, 2016 at the Oak Park Ice Arena. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Birmingham Brother Rice Warriors defeated the Berkley Bears 8-3 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Saturday March 5, 2016 at the Oak Park Ice Arena. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Birmingham Brother Rice Warriors defeated the Berkley Bears 8-3 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Saturday March 5, 2016 at the Oak Park Ice Arena. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Birmingham Brother Rice Warriors defeated the Berkley Bears 8-3 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Saturday March 5, 2016 at the Oak Park Ice Arena. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Birmingham Brother Rice Warriors defeated the Berkley Bears 8-3 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Saturday March 5, 2016 at the Oak Park Ice Arena. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Birmingham Brother Rice Warriors defeated the Berkley Bears 8-3 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Saturday March 5, 2016 at the Oak Park Ice Arena. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Birmingham Brother Rice Warriors defeated the Berkley Bears 8-3 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Saturday March 5, 2016 at the Oak Park Ice Arena. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Birmingham Brother Rice Warriors defeated the Berkley Bears 8-3 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Saturday March 5, 2016 at the Oak Park Ice Arena. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Birmingham Brother Rice Warriors defeated the Berkley Bears 8-3 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Saturday March 5, 2016 at the Oak Park Ice Arena. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Birmingham Brother Rice Warriors defeated the Berkley Bears 8-3 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Saturday March 5, 2016 at the Oak Park Ice Arena. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Birmingham Brother Rice Warriors defeated the Berkley Bears 8-3 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Saturday March 5, 2016 at the Oak Park Ice Arena. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Birmingham Brother Rice Warriors defeated the Berkley Bears 8-3 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Saturday March 5, 2016 at the Oak Park Ice Arena. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Birmingham Brother Rice Warriors defeated the Berkley Bears 8-3 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Saturday March 5, 2016 at the Oak Park Ice Arena. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Birmingham Brother Rice Warriors defeated the Berkley Bears 8-3 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Saturday March 5, 2016 at the Oak Park Ice Arena. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Birmingham Brother Rice Warriors defeated the Berkley Bears 8-3 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Saturday March 5, 2016 at the Oak Park Ice Arena. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Birmingham Brother Rice Warriors defeated the Berkley Bears 8-3 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Saturday March 5, 2016 at the Oak Park Ice Arena. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Birmingham Brother Rice Warriors defeated the Berkley Bears 8-3 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Saturday March 5, 2016 at the Oak Park Ice Arena. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Birmingham Brother Rice Warriors defeated the Berkley Bears 8-3 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Saturday March 5, 2016 at the Oak Park Ice Arena. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Birmingham Brother Rice Warriors defeated the Berkley Bears 8-3 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Saturday March 5, 2016 at the Oak Park Ice Arena. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Birmingham Brother Rice Warriors defeated the Berkley Bears 8-3 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Saturday March 5, 2016 at the Oak Park Ice Arena. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Birmingham Brother Rice Warriors defeated the Berkley Bears 8-3 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Saturday March 5, 2016 at the Oak Park Ice Arena. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Birmingham Brother Rice Warriors defeated the Berkley Bears 8-3 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Saturday March 5, 2016 at the Oak Park Ice Arena. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Birmingham Brother Rice Warriors defeated the Berkley Bears 8-3 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Saturday March 5, 2016 at the Oak Park Ice Arena. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Birmingham Brother Rice Warriors defeated the Berkley Bears 8-3 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Saturday March 5, 2016 at the Oak Park Ice Arena. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Birmingham Brother Rice Warriors defeated the Berkley Bears 8-3 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Saturday March 5, 2016 at the Oak Park Ice Arena. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Birmingham Brother Rice Warriors defeated the Berkley Bears 8-3 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Saturday March 5, 2016 at the Oak Park Ice Arena. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Birmingham Brother Rice Warriors defeated the Berkley Bears 8-3 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Saturday March 5, 2016 at the Oak Park Ice Arena. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Birmingham Brother Rice Warriors defeated the Berkley Bears 8-3 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Saturday March 5, 2016 at the Oak Park Ice Arena. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Birmingham Brother Rice Warriors defeated the Berkley Bears 8-3 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Saturday March 5, 2016 at the Oak Park Ice Arena. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Birmingham Brother Rice Warriors defeated the Berkley Bears 8-3 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Saturday March 5, 2016 at the Oak Park Ice Arena. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Birmingham Brother Rice Warriors defeated the Berkley Bears 8-3 in the MHSAA D2 regional final held on Saturday March 5, 2016 at the Oak Park Ice Arena. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)

OAK PARK – Emerson Vogel had four goals to lead the Birmingham Brother Rice Warriors to an 8-3 win over the Berkley Unified Bears in the Region 12 Final Saturday night.

“I’m proud of the effort,” Schmidt said. “I told the guys (that) the energy was there tonight, and when you’re playing at a high pace good things are going to happen,” Warriors head coach Lou Schmidt Jr. said. “I thought it was a good fast paced game. I thought Berkley were a tough team. I’m just glad to get this one behind us,” he added.

Vogel’s biggest goal came at the very end of the second period. Brother Rice led 4-2, but the Bears were hanging around on the scoreboard thanks to a pair of goals from Ian Melrose, including a goal with 2:31 left in the second period, appearing to give Berkley some momentum. But Vogel eased around the defense and popped in a wrist shot with 1.94 seconds to play in the period, making it 5-2.

“Those last minute goals, let alone last second goals are always tough. They’re heartbreakers aren’t they,” Schmdit said. “Vogel came out to play today, and that one was probably the biggest of the four.”

Any thoughts the Bears might have had of a third period comeback were quickly finished off early in the third period when the Warriors scored three goals in the span of just over a minute. Jack Reinhart got things started just over two minutes into the period, firing one in from the right circle. Then Vogel scored twice in succession, once on a back side tap in and again on a turnaround shot in the slot and what had been a two goal game had become a six goal game in barely three minutes of game time.

The Bears had their chances early, including a break in on the game’s first shift and a full five minute major power play midway through the first period. But Warriors goaltender Daniel Sendek came up with some big saves and the Warriors were able to get convert a few chances of their own to build a 3-0 lead.

“It was tough for us to get much momentum going,” Bears head coach Jeff Fleming said. “We had some chances, and Daniel (Sendek) came up with some good saves.”

The Bears would fight back, twice getting the lead down to two goals, but each time Brother Rice’s superior depth provided them with an answer.

“Berkley has some really high end players on that team, and they were going every other line with them,” Schmidt said. “We knew if we could just keep the pace, pick up the pace, force them to play at kind of a faster pace, and we’re rolling three or four lines ourselves that we might be able to wear them down a little bit, and I think maybe that is what happened in the third period.”

“They (Brother Rice) played really, really well. They’re a very good hockey team,” Fleming said. “I wish them the best of luck.”

The Warriors (21-6-1) now move on to the quarterfinals where they will face a familiar foe – the Hartland Eagles. The teams played a four overtime epic I last year’s quarterfinals with Brother Rice prevailing.

“It’s becoming a rivalry. They beat us the last time we played them, right before the break. They’re a solid team,” Schmidt said. “It’s going to be a tough game. It’s going to be a close one. I look forward to it.”

Berkley Unified finishes the year 17-9-1 and Co-Champions of the OAA Red.

“I’m proud of my seniors and all of my players,” Fleming said. “I thought they really laid everything they had out on the line. It has been fun to coach (the seniors) for the last two, three, four years and we’ve spent a lot of time together. They’ve built a family, and it says a lot for our program.” He added that, “The program has been growing, and these guys were a huge part of the growth.”

Last Updated: 3/5/2016 10:50:09 PM EST


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