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HOCKEY: Bloomfield United wraps up solid finish at Berkley Invitational

The Bloomfield Hills Chargers beat New Boston Huron in the consolation finals of the Berkley Invitational Saturday. (Special to The Oakland Press/JEFF BONELLO)

The Bloomfield United Chargers finished up on a winning note at the Berkley Invitational Saturday, beating New Boston Huron in the consolation final, 3-1.

The tournament is played every year and is hosted by the Berkley-Ferndale Unified hockey team.

The Chargers got on the board first with a power-play goal from Johnny Artemenko at 3:42. Assistant captain Kevin Barnett and captain Chase Smith got the assists. The Chargers scored again at 11:58 of the second period, in what would prove to be the game-winning goal by Connor Holman with an assist to assistant captain Brian Keener. The Chargers got an insurance goal at 3:48 from Ari Sternberg and an assist to Andrew Scettecerri.

Following the game, Chargers head coach Bruce McAlister said “This is always a great tournament. Marysville knocked us out early last year so it was great to beat them on Thursday. We will look forward to playing again next year and winning the tournament.”

McAlister also pointed out that the Chargers were able to use all three of their senior goalies.

“I was particularly impressed with the tournament play of both Skyler Kallabat and Michael Blumenthal. They both really kept us in the game”

The Chargers started the tournament strong on Thursday with a 6-5 victory over Marysville. The Chargers had to overcome a 4-1 deficit in the second period to pull off the come-from-behind win. The Chargers first got on the board at 10:38 of the second period with a power play goal from Scettecerri, with an assist to Richard Elliot. The Chargers lit the light again 6:57 in the second on an effort by Smith with an assist to Keener. Bloomfield scored again 1:54 later on a goal by Artemenko with assists to Barnett and Smith. The Chargers tied the game at 4-4 with just 1:48 to play in the second period on a goal from Barnett, with assists going to Artemenko and Keener.

The Chargers opened the third period quickly with Artemenko’s second goal of the game with help from Barnett and Smith at 15:30. Bloomfield scored the go ahead goal, and game-winner at 8:32 of the third period with credit to Smith, his second goal of the game and an assist to Elliot.

The Chargers played again on Friday and suffered a disappointing loss to the Shrine Knights, 5-3. The Chargers only scoring came in the third period, first at 5:53 on a power-play slapshot from the point by Holman with an assist to Scettecerri. Bloomfield scored again just 16 seconds later at the 5:37 mark of the third on a power-play goal from Smith with an assist to Artemenko.

The Chargers will continue regular season play this Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Lakeland in a contest against Walled Lake Central.

Last Updated: 1/6/2013 8:37:45 PM EST

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