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BLOOMFIELD HILLS — The last three meetings between Clarkston and Lake Orion were far from kind.

The rivalry became lopsided when the Dragons rattled off three straight wins against the Wolves last season, first in the regular season, then in the OAA Red Tournament championship and in the pre-regional final.

Those one-goal losses proved to be enough motivation for Clarkston in the first meeting this season between the two.

The Wolves stopped the losing streak after beating Lake Orion, 5-3, on Saturday night, thanks in large part to a two-goal third period by forward Garrett Polish.

“Lake Orion had the pressure on us,” Clarkston head coach Bryan Krygier said. “They could have very easily tied the game. The last five minutes were in our zone and they had the pressure. At the moment it could have gone either way.”

With 6:09 remaining in the third period, the Wolves were reeling after allowing two straight power-play goals in the second period to Lake Orion. After the puck bounced around the end board, Polish swung around and fired a quick wrist shot from the top of the left circle that found its way on the short side of the net for a 4-2 lead.

The Dragons would answer and make it a one-goal game again in the third period, three minutes later. Forward Connor Moesta fired a shot from the left circle that was initially turned away by Jack Viazanko. The rebound squirted out to the right circle and into the waiting stick of defenseman Ben Bock, who fired home a 4-3 goal and bring Lake Orion within one for the second time in the game.

With just over a minute to play, Polish would put the game out of reach when Chase Wiedemann intercepted a pass and found Polish streaking through the neutral zone. Logan Aldrich was on his way to the bench for an extra attacker and was caught flat footed as Polish connected on a wide-open net to make it 5-3.

Clarkson (10-7-1) also got two goals in the first period to jump out on its rival early.

While on the power play, the Wolves were applying steady pressure and peppering Aldrich with multiple shots by Jacob LaPorte and Polish. After a hard shot was turned away, Joe Smith was right on the doorstep and tapped in a point-blank goal to make it 1-0.

Midway through the period, the Wolves got a goal by Carter Rea after he received a pass from the corner from his teammate Drake Gentile to make it 2-0.

Midway though the second period, Clarkston would find the back of the net one more time before the Dragons could get on the board. Smith gave a one-touch pass to Kyle Hogarth would then deke past two defenders and fire a shot from the top of the right circle for a 3-0 lead.

“We haven’t given up more than two goals a game since midway through December,” Lake Orion head coach Nick Field said. “We just came out flat in the first period for some reason. But luckily for us, our guys battled and made of game of it in the second.”

While the Wolves were in the penalty box with 8:24 left in the second period, Lake Orion’s special teams went to work to cut into the three-goal deficit. Forward Ryan Szydlowski fired a shot from the right circle that Viazanko stopped. The puck, however, squirted out and Marc Kerchner tapped it into make it 3-1.

With just three minutes left in the period, the Dragons were on the power play yet again and capitalized. Connor Moesta kept the puck in the Wolves zone on the blue line after Clarkston tried to clear it. Thanks to a screen by Drew Casy, Viazanko couldn’t see the missile Moesta fired to make it 3-2.

Clarkston’s win now all but seals up the third-seed in the OAA Red tournament in two weeks. The Wolves will take on Stoney Creek on Tuesday Jan 29 before it prepares for the OAA Red tournament.

Lake Orion (5-8-5) hopes to rebound after the loss when it faces Liggett on Jan 31.



CLARKSTON 5, LAKE ORION 3

C 2 1 2 — 5

LO 0 2 1 — 3

First Period: C, Joe Smith PPG (Jacob LaPorte, Garrett Polish); C, Carter Rea (Drake Gentile, Roman Reiner)

Second Period: C, Kyle Hogarth (John Foust, Smith); LO, Marc Kerchner (Ryan Szydlowski); LO, Connor Moesta (Mark Nylen)

Third Period: C, Polish (Unassisted); LO, Ben Bocck (Moesta); C, Polish (Chase Wiedemann)

Goalies: C, Jack Viazanko (28); LO, Logan Aldrich (27)

RECORDS — Clarkston 10-7-1; Lake Orion 5-8-5

Last Updated: 1/27/2013 1:44:25 AM EST

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