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HOCKEY: Berkley-Ferndale kicks off Showcase with win over Anchor Bay

ROCHESTER HILLS — Berkley-Ferndale Unified kicked off the OAA-MAC Showcase Saturday morning with a 5-1 victory over the New Baltimore Anchor Bay Tars.

Berkley-Ferndale was short on defensemen, but it was one of the remaining defenders who stepped up and made a difference, as Robby Flannery scored two goals, including the game-winner to help lead Berkley-Ferndale to the win. Flannery’s goal came with 10:52 left in the second period.

Anchor Bay had tied the game less than three minutes earlier, but Flannery’s wrist shot from the point found its way through a screen and into the back of the net for a power-play goal to give Berkley-Ferndale the lead again.

“We were missing three defenders. We had change things up as far as our system went, but the kids adjusted to it. I’m proud of their effort. They moved the puck well and got away from what happened Wednesday night (in a loss to Royal Oak), and got back to playing as a team,” Berkley-Ferndale head coach Jeff Fleming said.

Through the first two periods, the game was an even affair, with Berkley-Ferndale maintaining just a 2-1 lead, as Anchor Bay got strong goaltending from Larry Parisi, who finished with 35 saves.

“Larry played very, very well for us,” Tars head coach Mel Rettell said. “He made some great saves early in the game to keep us in it.”

Meanwhile, the Tars’ offense had generated 18 shots, including the tying goal early in the second period, when Matt Kaiser dug the puck off the boards and found Austin Koleski, who roofed a backhanded shot from a sharp angle into the top corner.

But that was the only shot to beat goaltender Stephen Wroe. Wroe finished with 23 saves.

In the third period, Berkley-Ferndale was able to put the game away by converting some odd-man rushes, with the Tars pressing for the tying goal. First, it was Ian Melrose splitting the defense and firing a quick shot into the top corner to make it 3-1 early in the period. Joey Leider then added two goals later in the frame to seal the win, the second of which was a breakaway after a long pass from Riley Ankers hit him on the tape and in stride behind the Tars defenders.

“We had a pretty good first two periods. We stuck with them pretty well. But they got behind us a couple times, and they have a lot of good finishers over there and took care of business,” Rettell said.

With the win, Berkley-Ferndale improves to 16-4 overall.

“It’s good to get back on track. Coming off the loss the other night, this was an important game for us,” Fleming said.

Next up for Berkley-Ferndale is a Monday game against Howell in the Michigan Public High School Hockey Showcase.

New Baltimore Anchor Bay falls to 14-4. The Tars head to the Public School Showcase next week, where they will face Kenowa Hills on Friday.

Last Updated: 2/2/2013 8:18:14 PM EST

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