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HOCKEY: Shamrocks get the best of St. Mary's, for second time in two weeks WITH VIDEO

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Hockey - Boys - 12/15/2012 

Orchard Lake St. Mary's 1
Novi Detroit Catholic Central 3

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ORCHARD LAKE — Two weeks ago Novi Detroit Catholic Central head coach Todd Johnson thought his Shamrocks weren't “five goals better” than Orchard Lake St. Mary’s.

After the Shamrock’s 3-1 victory on the road against the Eaglets (6-3) the Johnson felt even though game started dramatically different his team proved it.

“The game proved it out,” said Johnson. “The start of the game was way different than the last time. But, Orchard Lake made some adjustments. I feel good about our game playing on the road.

Our guys played well. I thought our special teams were good, and that was the difference in the game. “

That’s because all of Catholic Central’s three goals came off special teams on Saturday night. Even though the game started out differently than from two weeks ago, it was again the Shamrock’s first line that got the action going.

With 4:06 in the first period and on the power play, the Shamrocks applied consistent pressure in the Eaglets’ zone. Junior defensemen Carter Cerretani swung a pass over to junior defenseman Luke Turner who walked the puck on the end line, and fired a shot that was turned away at the doorstep by Eaglet sophomore goaltender Will Ulrich. Matt Sorisho then tipped a point blank shot from the top of the crease that found the back of the net for 1-0 lead.

Three minutes into the second period Catholic Central found itself on the power play due to an Orchard Lake penalty. 30 seconds in, however, the Shamrocks (7-2) took a 2-0 lead when senior forward Charlie Green drew a lot of Eaglet attention on the far side and found junior defensemen Luke Turner who put the puck past on a sharp wrist shot that snuck under the bar.

The third period started with Orchard Lake on the man advantage. Catholic Central’s defense, down a man, kept the puck out of its zone. Junior defensemen Carson Gatt cleared the puck to junior forward Brady Jones who sniped a shot from the right side over Ulrich’s shoulder for a 3-0 lead.

The Eaglets continued to make adjustments and battled. After a couple of good looks were turned away earlier in the contest, Orchard Lake finally scored a goal when the Shamrocks turned the puck over in their end when sophomore forward Michael Flynn put on past senior goaltender Derek Moore to make it 3-1.

Even though the Eaglets were on the losing end of another contest against Catholic Central, head coach Brian Klanow was much more happy with how his team performed this time around.

“It was an up and down game,” said Klanow. “We weren’t real successful in the offensive zone down there. But, we played a much better game than the last time we played (Catholic Central).

“We’re a young team. We’re getting better. And, we’ll continue to get better.”

It was clear that experience was the difference in the match-up. However, Klanow sees a lot of similarities between this team and his 2008 team who battled Marquette to an eight-overtime tie, especially with over half the season remaining.

“We’re young,” Klanow said. “We need experience. That’s the biggest thing. Once they get that experience and they continue to play games, they’re not going to be any different than our team was in ’08.

“We were very young then, and it took us to the last game to get completely in sync. We’re not in sync right now. We’re getting better, but we’re just not there yet.“

Catholic Central out shot Orchard Lake St. Mary’s 27 to 20 throughout the game.

The Eaglets have another tough opponent on Dec. 21 when they face Trenton on the road. Catholic Central will host U of D Jesuit on Dec. 22 at Compuware before going on Christmas break.


CC 1 1 1 — 3

OLSM 0 0 1 — 1

First period: 1, CC, Matt Sorisho (Luke Turner, Carter Cerretani)

Second period: 2, CC, Luke Turner (Charlie Green, Cerretani)

Third period: 3, CC, Brady Jones (Carson Gatt, Stephen Jarzynski); 4, OLSM, Michael Flynn (Andrew Sakalian, Cooper Mardoy)

Goalkeepers: CC, Derek Moore (26); OLSM, Will Ulrich (17)

RECORDS — Novi Detroit Catholic Central 7-2; Orchard Lake St. Mary’s 6-3

Last Updated: 12/16/2012 12:26:48 PM EST

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