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HOCKEY: Divine Child takes it to Notre Dame Prep in Metro League play

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Hockey - Boys - 12/8/2012 

Pontiac Notre Dame Prep 0
Dearborn Divine Child 6
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TROY – The visiting Dearborn Divine Child Falcons defeated the host Notre Dame Prep Fighting Irish 6-0 in Metro League boys hockey Saturday night.

The Falcons used their superior depth to wear down the hosts with each period following a similar script in which the two teams would play a very even first eight or nine minutes to the period and the Falcons would take over in the second half of the period. All six Falcons goals game in the final eight minutes of a period as Divine Child was able to roll all three lines out there time and again and get production up and down the line up with seven different players registering a point in the first two periods alone.

“Right now, we’ve got three pretty solid lines that are going. They’re all playing and playing well and creating chances,” Falcons head coach Brandon Kaleniecki said. “That’s what we’re trying to go for. We’re trying to get a lot of balanced scoring from a lot of different lines. We’ve got guys on each line that can score, and that’s what we’re trying to get.”

Overall, Kyle Makowski paced the Falcons’ balanced attack with two goals and an assist. Brad Popiel added two goals, and Matt Grybel a goal and assist. Steven Harvey made 21 saves in net to pick up the shutout.

The first back breaking sequence came late in the opening period when the Falcons scored two goals during a brief four on four situation. Leading 1-0, the Falcons doubled their lead with 4:11 to play in the period when Trevor Goslin found Makowski sneaking low into the right circle, and Makowski ripped home a slap shot. Divine Child would immediately add to their lead again when Popiel stole the puck off the ensuing faceoff at center ice, split two defenders and snapped home a wrist shot for the Falcons’ second goal in just seven seconds.

“That’s hockey. There’s a lot of chances for momentum to swing either way and goals are huge especially when we go up 2-0 then get the goal right off the face off. That’s big because that’s a big two goal swing, real quick,” Kaleniecki said.

The Falcons put the game out of reach midway through the second period when Makwoski and Evan Heiss converted a two on one shorthanded breakaway with Heiss banging in a rebound to make it 4-0. The Falcon penalty kill finished a perfect four for four on the night, holding Notre Dame Prep to just five shots on goal.

Despite the loss, Fighting Irish head coach Bob Rosbury saw some positives in his team’s performance. “We’re trying to look at the positives. For about two or three minutes in the first period the game got away from us a little bit. I was pleased with how we started, pleased with the way we played the second and the third,” he said. “Our kids played hard. The kids that were playing played hard the entire night. As a coaching staff, that’s all you can ask,” he added.

Rosbury was particularly happy with the way his young defense, led by Jacob Jeszke, battled on the night. “We’re getting good play out of a young defense. I thought they played pretty well against a pretty strong team,” Rosbury said.

With the win, Divine Child improves to 5-2 overall and 4-0 in the Metro League and hosts Grosse Pointe South Wednesday in another Metro League contest. Pontiac Notre Dame Prep falls to 2-4 and 0-3 in the Metro League. Next up for Pontiac Notre Dame Prep is a home game next Saturday against Allen Park.

Last Updated: 12/8/2012 10:52:48 PM EST

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