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HOCKEY: Troy hangs on to knock off Fraser on 'Senior Night'

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Hockey - Boys - 2/13/2013 

Troy 6
Fraser 5

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TROY – The Troy Colts jumped out to an early lead, then held off a resilient group of Fraser Ramblers to claim a 6-5 victory Wednesday night on Senior Night for the Colts.

With the game tied 4-4 late in the second period, Anthony Wilson put Troy ahead for good when he banged in a rebound with 15.3 seconds left in the period as the Colts crashed the net. The goal came right on the heels of Fraser tying the score just 21 seconds earlier on a goal by Ron Buzar and gave the Colts momentum going into the third period, which Troy converted into another goal, this one by Harry Stoolmiller, early in the third as the Colts were buzzing for the first five minutes.

“Definitely finishing the second strong and starting the third very strong was nice. Going up by two goals at the beginning of the third was excellent, and then it held up for us until the very end,” Troy assistant coach Josh Murphy said.

The Colts would have to hang on at the end though as Fraser mounted their second comeback of the night getting a power play goal – their third of the night – with the goalie pulled as Jackson Gray found space in front and fired one in to cut the lead to 6-5 with 57.7 seconds left. But the curfew clock ran out shortly after that and the game was called with 29.12 seconds left and the Ramblers about to go on another power play.

“I thought we played hard,” Fraser head coach Don Krussman said. “We only had eleven skaters. Five of them are sick, and one of our captains wasn’t there, so it was tough. I thought they tried their hardest.”

Troy had also started fast in this one. John Hunter opened the scoring midway through the first period when he picked up a loose puck in the neutral zone, sped down the right side and fired a hard wrist shot into the back of the net with 9:35 to play in the first period.

The Colts would stretch that lead to 3-0 on goal by Nik Bester and Harry Stoolmiller before the Fraser power play got going and got the Ramblers back into it as the Colts took four straight penalties in the second period and Fraser converted twice with Bailey Toma converting a five on three opportunity and Jackson Gray scored in transition on a traditional five on four power play sandwiched around a DJ Myers goal for the Colts.

“They had a very good power play with some very good players, and out penalties definitely kept us in trouble,” Murphy said.

Fraser’s rally would continue through much of the rest of the period with the Ramblers eventually tying the score on three straight goals and appearing poised to go into the third period tied before Wilson’s goal snatched momentum back for Troy.

Both teams had balanced attacks with Troy being paced by Harry Stoolmiller’s two goals and two assists while Wilson picked up a goal and two assists as eleven different Colts dented the score sheet. Fraser was led by Gray’s two goals and one assist. Toma and Buzar each added a goal an assist for the Ramblers.

Overall, Krussman was pleased with how his team played despite the loss. “I think we played well. We played as hard as we can play with what we had, and we just came up one goal short,” he said.

Fraser slips to 8-12-1 with the loss. Next up for the Ramblers is home game against MAC Blue foe Chippewa Valley on Friday. Troy improves to 9-12-1 ahead of tomorrow’s OAA White showdown against rival Troy Athens.

Last Updated: 2/13/2013 11:33:31 PM EST

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