Junior Corey Robertsonís power-play goal with 6:07 remaining lifted the South Lyon Unified squad to a 2-2 tie with the Northville Mustangs in a KLAA Central battle that was played at the Kensington Valley Icehouse Tuesday evening.
With South Lyon applying the pressure for the equalizer, Robertson picked up a loose puck on top of the crease and beat a sprawling Northville goalie Jake Pawlowski with a high wrist shot. Senior forwards Cory Haas and Alex Hudgens assisted on the play.
Northville scored the only goal of the first period, a power-play tally with only 33 seconds remaining on the game clock. Forward Ben Crabil scored the goal with forwards Tyler Gardner and Ryan Bloom credited with the assists. Northville carried most of the play in the period, outshooting the Unified team, 11-5.
The teams exchanged goals in the second period, with South Lyon scoring first on a wrist shot from the left point from junior defenseman Blake Robertson that found its way through a maze of players to beat the screened Pawloski, to tie the game at 1-1.
The even-strengthed tally came at the 9:56 mark, with the assist going to Corey Robertson.
Northville tied the game with a shorthanded goal, as forward Ryan Bloom pick-pocketed the South Lyon rushing defenseman and went in all alone on South Lyon goalie Justin Zabinski to once again take a one goal lead. The evenly-played second period saw both teams take eight shots on net.
Northville had two power-play opportunities with less than 3:47 left in the game but could not find the back of the net for the game-winner.
Pawloski stopped 20 of 22 shots for the Mustangs, while South Lyon's Zabinski stopped 24 of the 26 he faced.
South Lyon will be back on the ice Thursday at 6 p.m., as it takes on the Spartans from Livonia Stevenson High School, a game that will be played back at the Kensington Valley Ice House. The Unified team will celebrate Meet the Team Night as fans can come and watch exciting high school hockey and meet their favorite player.