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HOCKEY: Farmington exacts some revenge with win over Farmington Unified

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Hockey - Boys - 12/22/2012 

Farmington 2 (OT)
Farmington Hills Unified 1

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FARMINGTON HILLS – The Farmington Falcons defeated the Farmington Hills Unified Flyers 2-1 in overtime in OAA Red boys hockey action Saturday night.

“It was a fun game. Give credit to both teams,” Farmington head coach Mark Vellucci said. “It was a good night for hockey in Farmington. We have a nice rivalry with these guys. I think it’s gotten better over the years in the sense there’s a little more respect for one another. A lot of these guys grew up playing with one another.”

Cooper McLean got the overtime game winner when he came off the side boards with the puck and fired a bad angle wrist shot home to send the Falcons and their fans home happy with a win over their rivals.

The teams came into the game tied in the OAA Red standings with each team picking up four points in their first three league games, and this game was just as tight. Each team had 21 shots in regulation as the rivals played a tight, physical game that put scoring chances at a premium all night.

“Both teams are pretty equal, and you saw it tonight. It was a back and forth game,” Vellucci said. “I’m really happy we won. Give credit to both teams. Both teams played well.”

One big key for the Falcons was their penalty kill unit which had to kill off six penalties including a full four minute double minor in the second period, during which the Falcons didn’t surrender a single shot on goal.

“We’ve been working on it in practice,” Vellucci said. “I’m really happy because our penalty kill has been a work in progress.”

The teams traded goals in the second period with Nick Gensheimer giving the Falcons the lead just 43 seconds into the period when he took a pass from Roman Firestone, walked it toward the center of the ice and snapped a shot that went in off the inside of the post. The Flyers tied it up with 5:38 left in the second period when Noah Downs took two big strides past the blue line and let fly a wrist shot that found the back of the net.

Even though his team got a point in the league standings, Flyers head coach Ken Anderson was a bit disappointed in the loss, “It’s not much consolation,” he said. “I thought we played alright. We didn’t score on our power plays like we should have. We had opportunities, but the bottom line is we didn’t score. We needed to. We didn’t get it done. They (Farmington) played a good game over there.”

The game counts as tie in the OAA Red standings, leaving Farmington at 1-0-3 in league play, and Farmington Hills Unified at 2-1-1 in OAA Red. Both teams will now take time off until after the New Year.

Last Updated: 12/23/2012 3:26:38 AM EST

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