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Stoney Creek falls to Anchor Bay in regional final WITH PHOTO GALLERY

  • Anchor Bay wins over Rochester Stoney Creek 2-1 at Mount Clemens Ice Arena on March 5, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Anchor Bay wins over Rochester Stoney Creek 2-1 at Mount Clemens Ice Arena on March 5, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Anchor Bay wins over Rochester Stoney Creek 2-1 at Mount Clemens Ice Arena on March 5, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Anchor Bay wins over Rochester Stoney Creek 2-1 at Mount Clemens Ice Arena on March 5, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Anchor Bay wins over Rochester Stoney Creek 2-1 at Mount Clemens Ice Arena on March 5, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Anchor Bay wins over Rochester Stoney Creek 2-1 at Mount Clemens Ice Arena on March 5, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Anchor Bay wins over Rochester Stoney Creek 2-1 at Mount Clemens Ice Arena on March 5, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Anchor Bay wins over Rochester Stoney Creek 2-1 at Mount Clemens Ice Arena on March 5, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Anchor Bay wins over Rochester Stoney Creek 2-1 at Mount Clemens Ice Arena on March 5, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Anchor Bay wins over Rochester Stoney Creek 2-1 at Mount Clemens Ice Arena on March 5, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Anchor Bay wins over Rochester Stoney Creek 2-1 at Mount Clemens Ice Arena on March 5, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Anchor Bay wins over Rochester Stoney Creek 2-1 at Mount Clemens Ice Arena on March 5, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Anchor Bay wins over Rochester Stoney Creek 2-1 at Mount Clemens Ice Arena on March 5, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Anchor Bay wins over Rochester Stoney Creek 2-1 at Mount Clemens Ice Arena on March 5, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Anchor Bay wins over Rochester Stoney Creek 2-1 at Mount Clemens Ice Arena on March 5, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Anchor Bay wins over Rochester Stoney Creek 2-1 at Mount Clemens Ice Arena on March 5, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Anchor Bay wins over Rochester Stoney Creek 2-1 at Mount Clemens Ice Arena on March 5, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Anchor Bay wins over Rochester Stoney Creek 2-1 at Mount Clemens Ice Arena on March 5, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Anchor Bay wins over Rochester Stoney Creek 2-1 at Mount Clemens Ice Arena on March 5, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Anchor Bay wins over Rochester Stoney Creek 2-1 at Mount Clemens Ice Arena on March 5, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Anchor Bay wins over Rochester Stoney Creek 2-1 at Mount Clemens Ice Arena on March 5, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Anchor Bay wins over Rochester Stoney Creek 2-1 at Mount Clemens Ice Arena on March 5, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Anchor Bay wins over Rochester Stoney Creek 2-1 at Mount Clemens Ice Arena on March 5, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Anchor Bay wins over Rochester Stoney Creek 2-1 at Mount Clemens Ice Arena on March 5, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Anchor Bay wins over Rochester Stoney Creek 2-1 at Mount Clemens Ice Arena on March 5, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Anchor Bay wins over Rochester Stoney Creek 2-1 at Mount Clemens Ice Arena on March 5, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Anchor Bay wins over Rochester Stoney Creek 2-1 at Mount Clemens Ice Arena on March 5, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Anchor Bay wins over Rochester Stoney Creek 2-1 at Mount Clemens Ice Arena on March 5, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Anchor Bay wins over Rochester Stoney Creek 2-1 at Mount Clemens Ice Arena on March 5, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Anchor Bay wins over Rochester Stoney Creek 2-1 at Mount Clemens Ice Arena on March 5, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Anchor Bay wins over Rochester Stoney Creek 2-1 at Mount Clemens Ice Arena on March 5, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Anchor Bay wins over Rochester Stoney Creek 2-1 at Mount Clemens Ice Arena on March 5, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Anchor Bay wins over Rochester Stoney Creek 2-1 at Mount Clemens Ice Arena on March 5, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Anchor Bay wins over Rochester Stoney Creek 2-1 at Mount Clemens Ice Arena on March 5, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Anchor Bay wins over Rochester Stoney Creek 2-1 at Mount Clemens Ice Arena on March 5, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Anchor Bay wins over Rochester Stoney Creek 2-1 at Mount Clemens Ice Arena on March 5, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Anchor Bay wins over Rochester Stoney Creek 2-1 at Mount Clemens Ice Arena on March 5, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Anchor Bay wins over Rochester Stoney Creek 2-1 at Mount Clemens Ice Arena on March 5, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Anchor Bay wins over Rochester Stoney Creek 2-1 at Mount Clemens Ice Arena on March 5, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Anchor Bay wins over Rochester Stoney Creek 2-1 at Mount Clemens Ice Arena on March 5, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Anchor Bay wins over Rochester Stoney Creek 2-1 at Mount Clemens Ice Arena on March 5, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Anchor Bay wins over Rochester Stoney Creek 2-1 at Mount Clemens Ice Arena on March 5, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Anchor Bay wins over Rochester Stoney Creek 2-1 at Mount Clemens Ice Arena on March 5, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Anchor Bay wins over Rochester Stoney Creek 2-1 at Mount Clemens Ice Arena on March 5, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Anchor Bay wins over Rochester Stoney Creek 2-1 at Mount Clemens Ice Arena on March 5, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Anchor Bay wins over Rochester Stoney Creek 2-1 at Mount Clemens Ice Arena on March 5, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Anchor Bay wins over Rochester Stoney Creek 2-1 at Mount Clemens Ice Arena on March 5, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Anchor Bay wins over Rochester Stoney Creek 2-1 at Mount Clemens Ice Arena on March 5, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Anchor Bay wins over Rochester Stoney Creek 2-1 at Mount Clemens Ice Arena on March 5, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Anchor Bay wins over Rochester Stoney Creek 2-1 at Mount Clemens Ice Arena on March 5, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)

There was no way Anchor Bay’s Brian McClure was going to let a loose puck cross over the goal line and cost his team the lead.

If it had it might ended the Tars’ season, Saturday night at Mount Clemens Ice Arena.

McClure cleared the puck, that goalie Alec Morin had just gotten a piece of, as it trickled ever-so slowly to the goal line to help preserve the Tars’ 2-1 win over Rochester Hills Stoney Creek to win them a Division 2 regional title in the process.

“I just saw it go behind by our goalie and my first instinct was get my butt to that puck and make sure it does not go in,” McClure said. “That could have been a huge game changer there.”

That would have tied the game for the Cougars (13-14-0), who trailed 2-0 after the first period.

“I had to do it for the team,” McClure said. “It was on the line and about to go in and I wasn’t going to let that happen.”

That game-saving play came just after the Tars (13-13-1) had killed off a Stoney Creek power play, its second of the game.

“That PK was huge,” McClure said. “We all just have to make sure to get a guy in front of the net and get it out.”

On the PK, Anchor Bay got four clears and picked off two passes at center ice.

The Tars got first period goals from Joey DeMarte and Troy Saunby less than four minutes apart, while Morin made 30 saves. Tyler DiDonato, Anthony Novara and Trevor Momat had assists.

Joey Lindenfelser scored the Cougars’ goal on the power play on an assist from Trevor Oberliesen.

Morin also made a right pad save off a point blank shot from Evan Checheck early in the third.

“It’s just a game of inches,” Stoney Creek coach Ian Smith said. “We just couldn’t get that second one to go in for us.

“We did everything right, just couldn’t bury a goal,” Smith added. “We got pucks to the net, bodies through, we got some grade A chances and their goalie came up big a couple of times. We just couldn’t get that second one by him.”

Anchor Bay (13-13-1) will face Romeo in a state quarterfinal Tuesday at 6:45 p.m. at Suburban Ice Macomb.

The winner will meet the winner of another quarterfinal between Marquette and Ada Forest Hills Eastern on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at USA Hockey Arena.

“We finally got our team back together again the last week or so and it’s really paid off,” said Tars coach Mel Rettell, who had a 10-player bench most of the season and is now up to 13. “It’s not a whole lot more, but it’s better than play with 10 guys.”

AB beat L’Anse Creuse North, 4-2, to reach the final.

“We felt going into the season we had a really good team, but things happened and we lost players,” Rettell said.

The Cougars reached the final with an 8-0 win over Utica.

“They were a little more into it right off the bat than we were, don’t know why that was,” Smith said. “That start cost us.”

Last Updated: 3/6/2016 12:05:24 AM EST


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