Senior forward Cory Haas had three points - a goal and two assistd - to lead South Lyon to a 5-2 victory over the Livonia Franklin Patriots in a contest played at the Eddie Edgar ice rink in Livonia Friday evening.
After a scoreless chippy first period that saw Franklin outplay South Lyon, the Unified team came out to play and opened the scoring as senior defenseman Grant Widger knocked down a clearing pass at the blue line and passed the puck to the right point, where junior defenseman Blake Robertsonís blast found the back of the net.
The Unified team went up by two a mere 75 seconds later, as senior forward Mitch Paquette swatted a centering pass from Haas past the Franklin goaltender.
After Franklin cut the lead in half, South Lyon went to work on the power play, with Haas picking up a loose puck behind the Patriot goal and, stickhandling to the top of the face-off circle, he drove a shot to the net, where it was tipped by junior forward Corey Robertson to once again establish a two-goal lead.
Undaunted, the Patriots cut the lead to one before the end of the period on a power-play, as forward Josh Judek's wrist shot beat South Lyon goalie Aaron Callan. South Lyon outshot the Patriots 12-9 in the period.
The score remained the same for the first half of the third period, with each school's special team doing its job killing off minor penalties.
South Lyon once again regained its two-goal lead as senior defenseman Matt Wisniewski scored on a wrist shot from the top of the circle. The assists on the goal went to senior forward Alex Hudgens and C. Robertson.
South Lyon kept the Patriots off the scoreboard for the remainder of the game and added an insurance tally, with the defensive pairings of B. Robertson and Wisniewski picking up assists on a goal from Haas, who picked up a rebound and patiently skated across the top of the crease and slid the puck into the back of the net. South Lyon outshot the Patriots for the game, 31-27.
Multiple point efforts for South Lyon were achieved by Cory Haas, Corey Robertson, Blake Robertson and Matt Wisniewski. Callan stopped 25 of 27 shots for the victory.