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HOCKEY: Kozoro's game-winner vaults Farmington past Lake Orion in OT

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Hockey - Boys - 12/20/2012 

Farmington 2 (OT)
Lake Orion 1

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FARMINGTON HILLS — What a way to finish a game between two of the better teams in Oakland County Thursday night.

Defenseman Nick Kozoro scored the game-winner in overtime as Farmington beat Lake Orion 2-1 in boys high school hockey in an OAA Red Division game at the Farmington Hills Ice Arena.

"We played well though we just couldn't bury our chances," Kozoro said.

Farmington improves to 4-4-1 on the season with a home game against the rival Farmington Unified Flyers coming up Saturday night at 7 p.m. North Farmington and Farmington Hills Harrison students make up Farmington Unified's team.

Falcons head coach Mark Vellucci said he thought playing an overtime game was beneficial for his team.

"We had a power play in overtime and it was a good win. It gets us prepared for overtime games," Vellucci said. "They played last night, their second game in two nights, so they were dragging, and we knew that. It was a nice game, fun game."

Lake Orion faced Utica Eisenhower on Wednesday night at Joe Louis Arena, which sits vacant of NHL hockey due to the lockout.

The Falcons controlled most of the play in the game's first period, but were unable to score against Dragons goalie Logan Aldrich. In a game that proved physical with 13 penalties whistled between the teams, the second period went scoreless too, but not before Farmington was able to kill off two Lake Orion power plays in the period. The Dragons (3-5-1) had some quality chances to score in the middle period, as David Otto laced a slap shot that Farmington junior goalie John Lethemon kicked away. Center Connor Moesta had a great chance when he stormed in on goal alone, but was hooked with no call with less than three minutes left in the second period and couldn't get a shot away.

In the third period, Falcons junior defenseman Roman Firestone gave the Falcons a 1-0 lead on a goal at the 9:43 mark, which came on a power-play and was Farmington's fourth shot of the period.

The Dragons stunned Farmington, as Moesta tied the score with 1:59 left in the third period. Lake Orion's Mark Nylen drew the assists on the goal that tied the game at 1-1 and forcing the 8-minute overtime.

In the overtime, junior Drake Cole almost won it with about six minutes left forcing Aldrich to make a right pad save. Cole won a face-off deep in the Lake Orion zone to get that key chance. Then, with under three minutes to go, Falcons senior forward Marc Nahat took a pass from senior Cooper McLean and slid a low shot past Aldrich that hit the goal post and stayed out to keep the score 1-1.

Lake Orion outshot the Falcons 28-16, with Lethemon making 27 saves and Aldrich stopping 15 shots. Farmington goes to 1-1-2 in league play, and Lake Orion is 0-0-2.

This one ended 1-1 after 51 minutes (17 minute periods), so the result goes down as a tie in the OAA Red and a victory for Farmington in the overall won-loss records.

"We just need to keep doing what we're doing and get better as a team, I guess," Kozoro said.

Farmington also hosts Howell at 8 p.m. Dec. 29.


LO 0 0 1 0 — 1

F 0 0 1 1 — 2

First period -- No scoring

Second period — No scoring

Third period — 1, Farmington, Roman Firestone (Austin Meltzer); 2, Lake Orion, Connor Moesta (Mark Nylen) 1:59 left in game

Overtime — 3, Farmington, Nick Kozoro (D.J. Rankin, Drake Cole)

Power plays —Lake Orion 1 of 5; Farmington 1 of 4

Goalies — Lake Orion, Logan Aldrich (16 shots, 15 saves); Farmington John Lethemon (28 shots, 27 saves)

RECORDS — Lake Orion 3-5-1, 0-0-2 OAA Red; Farmington 4-4-1, 1-1-2

Last Updated: 12/21/2012 2:29:11 AM EST

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