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HOCKEY: Big third period lifts Clarkston past Oxford

BLOOMFIELD HILLS – The Clarkston Wolves exploded for four goals in the third period to claim a 6-2 victory over the visiting Oxford Wildcats in OAA Red boys hockey action Thursday evening.

With the game tied 2-2 entering the third period, the Wolves seized control early as Jacob LaPorte scored two goals on the period’s opening shift. First, he followed a shot by Chase Weideman and banged in the rebound to make it 3-2 with just 17 seconds gone in the period.

Twenty seconds later, Weideman fed LaPorte who executed a picture perfect deke in the slot and backhanded home another one to make it 4-2. Oxford called timeout to try and stop the Wolves’ momentum, but it didn’t work and Garrett Polish put the game out of reach with a booming slap shot that rang the underside of the crossbar less than two minutes later.

“They’re a pretty potent offense, and they control the play when they want to,” Clarkston head coach Bryan Krygier said of his top line. “It just so happened that they wanted to in the third period, luckily for us.”

“We got back to what we practice, possessing the puck, protecting the puck, and then move into their zone with an odd man rush and let’s get the puck to the net, and that’s what happened,” Krygier said.

Oxford started strong in this one, taking the early lead when Stephen Fritz found Jimmy Wallington in the slot during a 3 on 2 and Wallington’s hard wrist shot found the back of the net, and the Wildcats would head into the first intermission leading 1-0. But Clarkston got things going in the second period; goals by Weideman and Roman Ranier helped the Wolves tie the score by the midway point of the period, and a string of Wildcat penalties firmly swung momentum in the Wolves’ direction.

“It kind of cut the momentum. We got three or four against us,so just to have a call against them just gave us a little breather, got our penalty killers off the ice,” Krygier said. “It gave us a breather, gave us a little bit of distance getting away from the penalty kill.”

“I’m disappointed to say the least,” Oxford head coach Dave Hague said. “The opportunity to win this game was in the first and early in the second. We didn’t take advantage of it then.”

The Wolves also got solid goaltending from Nick Surovec who stopped 19 shots to pick up the win, and made a handful of key saves when the game was close.

“You have to give credit to Nick Surovec. There were some opportunities where he made some big saves. They could have crept within one or two goals, and he made some big saves for us,” Krygier said.

The win was an important one for Clarkston who improve to 2-2-1 in OAA Red play and leap into fourth place in the division standings. Clarkston travels to Howell next Thursday for a non-conference game before coming home to face rival Lake Orion in an OAA Red game a week from Saturday night.

Oxford slips to 1-3-1 in OAA Red. The Wildcats will try to get back in the win column next Wednesday when they step out of division play for a home match up against Royal Oak.

Last Updated: 1/20/2013 2:40:08 AM EST

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