South Lyon Unifiedís special teams play, led the varsity hockey team to its sixth consecutive win and seventh in the last eight games, beating the Chargers of Churchill, 4-3. The contest, a physical, up tempo affair occurred Friday evening at the Kensington Valley Icehouse in Green Oak Township.
South Lyon penalty kill came up big midway through the third period. With South Lyon up by a goal and Churchill on the power play, a right pad save by junior goalie Aaron Callan and the covering of the rebound outside of the crease, caused a mini melee which led to two key South Lyon penalty killers into the penalty box for prolonged five on three power play advantage for the visiting team.
With the momentum building on the Chargers side, the South Lyon senior trio of defenseman Nick Burton, Grant Widger and forward Mitch Paquette killed off the disadvantage minimizing offensive opportunities by keeping the Chargers to the perimeter of the offensive zone with their shot attempts.
All the offensive activity was captured in the first two periods; trailing 1-0 on a goal by Chargers forward Senior Riley Brown South Lyon forward senior Alex Hudgens tallied his first of two goals on a rebound, as the initial save by freshman goalie Alex Calvaruso came off a blast from the right point from junior defenseman Blake Robertson off a feed along the boards from junior forward Corey Robertson.
South Lyon took the lead heading into the first intermission capitalizing on the power play. A blast from the point again from Robertson stuck the back of the twine past the screen goalie Calvaruso, senior forwards Cory Haas and Hudgens picked up the helper on the goal. Shots were even 8-8 in the initial stanza.
The Chargers scored a quick goal: 34 seconds into the second period to even the score with senior forward Luke Otto lighting the lamp with assists going to forwards Tom Carey and Matt Sinclair.
Back on the power play South Lyon recaptured the lead with a perfect one timer feed from Haas to Corey Robertson who beat goalie Calvaruso with a snap shot just inside the post; Hudgens also received an assist on the play.
Less than 2 minutes later, the Chargers on an odd man two on one break down the ice found the equalizer as forward Brown notched his second goal of the game with a wrist shot from the left face-off circle, to again even the score.
Undaunted by the perseverance of Churchill, an aggressive fore-check in the offensive zone by South Lyon created a loose puck, with senior defenseman Matt Wisniewski rifling a shot towards the net. Hudgens picked up the rebound at the goal line and alertly attempted a wraparound shot that slid passed the sprawling Charger net minder for his second goal of the game and the eventual game winner.
The evenly played game saw Churchill outshooting the Unified team from South Lyon 26-22.
South Lyons looks to continue their winning ways as they head to the MPHSH Showcase in Chelsea, the weekend of the 8th of February for a pair of games verse East Grand Rapids and Rochester Stoney Creek.