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HOCKEY: Royal Oak explodes past Avondale, 9-1

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Hockey - Boys - 1/19/2013 

Auburn Hills Avondale 1
Royal Oak 9
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TROY – Some nights, everything a team has been working toward seems to click at once. Saturday night was that night for the Royal Oak Ravens, who thumped the Avondale Yellow Jackets 9-1 at Troy Sports Center in OAA White hockey action.

“We played all the minutes this time,” Ravens head coach Craig Ward said. “I’m happy. They worked hard. The nice thing is they implemented the system that we wanted, and they came out and won all the battles – what more can I ask?”

The Ravens started each of the first two periods hot, scoring on their first shot in each period and scoring in bunches as well. Kevin Trumble opened the scoring on the game’s first shot, just 53 seconds in and Seth Schuit added a power play goal less than two minutes later to stake the Ravens to a 2-0 lead early on. Avondale would battle back to outshoot Royal Oak 15-9 in the period and a late power-play goal from Paul Miriani who steamed through the neutral zone, threaded his way through the defense, and finished with a beautiful backhanded shot seemed to give the Yellow Jackets momentum heading into the second period.

“We kept pouring it on. We’ve got three lines that work hard,” Ward said. “In the second period, each line scored and they continued. We kept switching them and they kept scoring.’

But Royal Oak put those thoughts away quickly, starting the second period even faster than they started the first as Quinn Fall, Seth Schuit, Clay Kosnik, and Mathieu Bashi all scored in the first 2:21 of the period to blow the game wide open, and unlike the in the first period, Avondale would never recover. The Ravens kept the pressure on and won seemingly ever battle in the crease at both ends of the ice, scoring five of their nine goals by finding loose pucks in the slot and firing them home.

“We’ve been working hard on that,” Ward said. “The biggest thing is the communication is key. These guys don’t stop, and they got in their heads tonight, and something clicked and it worked.”

In all, eight different Ravens would score on the night with Schuit leading the balanced attack with two goals and an assist. Trumble had a goal and an assist, as did Mike Christie. Max Gabriel and Griffin Kernen also scored, while Evan Fall Chipped in two assists. Goaltender Max Benoit made 22 saves to pick up the win in net.

With the win, Royal Oak improves to 5-7-1 overall and 3-5-1 in OAA White. Avondale falls to 3-3-2 in league play. Next up for Royal Oak is a crossover game, when the Ravens host Oxford on Wednesday.

Avondale will try to rebound when they travel to Bloomfield on Thursday for another OAA White game.

Last Updated: 1/23/2013 4:35:28 AM EST

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