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HOCKEY: Cranbrook tops St. Mary's behind quick start

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Hockey - Boys - 1/18/2013 

Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Kingswood 5
Orchard Lake St. Mary's 2

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BLOOMFIELD HILLS – The host Cranbrook Cranes boys hockey team stayed unbeaten in MIHL play with a 5-2 win over the visiting Eaglets from Orchard Lake St. Mary’s Friday night.

The opportunistic Cranes took a 2-0 lead in the first period despite being out shot 9-5 on goals by Christopher Brown and Austin Alger then withstood a third period comeback by OLSM. Cranbrook held the Eaglets to just 3 shots on goal over a span of 26 minutes from late in the first period to midway through the third period, while increasing their lead to 3-0 on a goal by Alex Alger.

“We were definitely better in the second period,” Cranbrook head coach Andrew Weidenbach said. “We were able to create some more offense and also shut them down as well. I thought overall the second was probably our strongest period.”

But the Eaglets fought back in the third period. With just over nine minutes remaining, OLSM scored on back to back shots. First it was Kyle Kassa scoring from in tight right after a face off, and just 18 seconds later defenseman Sean Harrington held the puck in at the blue line and zipped a cross ice pass to Cooper Marody, who was camped just outside the crease, and Marody fired it in to make it 3-2

“Overall, I thought it was a pretty good game, and they got a couple quick goals in the third period which definitely gave them some life and some momentum and got them back in the game,” Weidenbach said. “But we were fortunate to get a couple of those back late in the period and hold them off.”

That was as close as the Eaglets could get, however, as the Cranes re-asserted themselves, and Alex Alger’s second goal of the night, a quick wrist shot from between the circles on a feed from his brother Austin, cut off OLSM’s momentum.

The Eaglets also ran into penalty trouble in this one, leading to nine Cranbrook power plays, two of which the Cranes were able to convert into goals. “It’s hard to play hockey when the referees take the game away,” Eaglets head coach Brian Klanow said. “But in the referees’ defense, I was disappointed with my team’s discipline tonight.”

Kevin Shand completed the scoring for Cranbrook with a late power play goal, tipping in a point shot by Zach Feldman, and Michael Romund added three assists as part of a balanced Cranbrook attack.

Despite the loss, Klanow found some positives to take away from his team’s performance. “We’re not where we need to be yet, but we’re taking steps. I was proud of them, and the way they fought back in the third period. They kept coming and coming,” he said. “We’re a very young team, and to reach down like that tells me that we’re starting to advance We’re starting to make some headway,” he added.

With the win, Cranbrook improves to 13-1-1 overall and 7-0-1 in MIHL play. The Cranes are off until next Friday when they host De LaSalle. OLSM is now 9-5-1 overall and 4-5-1 in MIHL play.

Last Updated: 1/18/2013 10:59:59 PM EST

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