BLOOMFIELD HILLS - The Bloomfield Chargers paid special tribute to their graduating seniors on Saturday night at DSC by beating the Troy Colts, 3-2, in a senior night victory.
Troy got on the board first with a quick goal just 28 seconds into the first period with a goal from Edmund Qiao. The assist went to Colin McLean.
The Chargers tied the game at 1-1 at the 3:24 mark of the first with a goal from the senior captain Chase Smith. Andrew Settecerri was given credit for the assist.
Late in the first, Troy took the lead on a goal from John Hunter. Bob Urban and brother Andrew Urban were given credit for the assists. The go-ahead goal was scored at the 16:08 mark of the first period and the teams went to the locker rooms with the Chargers down, 2-1.
The second period saw tight end to end play with no scoring.
Then in the third period, Chase Smith got his second goal of the night 55 seconds into the period to tie the score at 2-2. Smith’s goal was assisted by his senior linemate and assistant captain Kevin Barnett. Then the Chargers took the lead in a goal that eventually would prove to be the game winner by sophomore Sonny Kim. Kim’s goal was assisted by Kevin Allen and Collin Asmar. The Chargers used all three of their senior goalies. Michael Blumenthal, Skyler Kallabat and Nick Dingwall all shared the senior-night victory.
During the post-game senior recognition, Chargers head coach Bruce McAlister was quick to point out to the seniors that it wasn’t a senior that got the game-winner, it was an up and coming sophomore.
After the game, the head coach said “We played the first two periods a little slow. Between the second and third periods I used the locker room as an inspiration," McAlister said. "I told the boys earlier in the day the team picture had been permanently installed right alongside the past six chargers team pictures. I told the boys they had to go back out and earn their place on the wall with a victory. As we saw, they hit the ice hard in the third and got the go-ahead goal. It was a great night for the team…especially the seniors.”
The Chargers will compete next weekend in the MAC/OAA and MPHSH Showcase Tournaments. They continue their regular schedule on February 13 against Chippewa Valley.