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HOCKEY: Freeland Pounces on Bishop Foley Unified

It was a long trip north to Midland Arena for the Bishop Foley Unified Warriors Friday night, and an even longer trip home. The Warriors dropped an 8-0 decision to the Freeland-Nouvel-Valley Griffins.

It was a game of mistakes and rebounds.

Mistake: a miscue by a Warriors player just inside the Warriors blue line allowed the Griffins Josh Keopplinger to go in and score penalty-shot style on Warriors starting goalie Daniel Collins. It was the Griffins first goal of the game.

Keopplinger would go on to complete a 3-goal hat trick during the game.

Mistake: the Warriors first shot on goal came while they were short-handed in the first period. The Warriors Tyler Hiltunen intercepted a Griffins clearing shot at center ice and got a hard shot off at the Griffins net. It was the first save of 13 saves that the Griffins goalie made on the night.

The Griffins scored throughout the game on the rebound.

Example: The Griffins second goal in the first period came on a rebound after Collins made a difficult sprawling cross net save on the initial shot. The Griffins Austin Popour picked up the rebound and netted the goal.

The first period ended with the Griffins on top 3-0. The third goal was scored late in the period on a power play.

The Griffins piled on two more goals in the second period, scoring both even-handed and short-handed, to take total control of the game with a 5-0 lead.

Warriors Head Coach Dave Williamson planned on playing both of his goalies in this game. “They both traveled a long way. So why not let them both play,” he said.

He made the switch to senior goalie Alex Day after the Griffins fifth goal. Starting goalie Collins faced 29 Griffins shots in slightly over one and a half periods of action.

The Griffins continued to control the game in the second period, netting three more goals in the period. The last goal was scored with just 7 seconds left to make it 8-0 for the Griffins.

After the game Williamson had praise for both the Griffins and several of his players. “I can see why (the Griffins) only lost one game this season. They fore-check well. Most of their goals were scored on second and third shots”.

“Austin (Lukaschewski) played well,” Williamson continued, commenting on his own players. “Tyler Hiltunen played a good game. Kristin (Doxen) and Andrew (Williamson) played good on the backend. Daniel (Collins) stayed in there, competed, and played well”.

Under the high school ‘mercy’ rule, when a team leads by 8 goals at the end of the second period, the game is over. This was the first time that the Warriors were ‘mercied’ in 56 games spanning three seasons.

Last Updated: 1/26/2013 11:40:16 PM EST

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