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HOCKEY: Shrine rebounds from tough loss with big win on 'Senior Night'

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Hockey - Boys - 2/22/2013 

Royal Oak Shrine 7
Dearborn Heights Crestwood 2
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ROYAL OAK – The host Royal Oak Shrine Knights boys hockey team concluded their regular season with a 7-2 win over the visiting Dearborn Crestwood Chargers Friday night.

It was Senior Night for Shrine, and senior captain Dan Tresnak opened the scoring with just over six minutes left in the first period when he tipped Troy Button’s blue shot into the net. Shrine’s lead wouldn’t last long though. Just over a minute later, Jonny Sagasser found Matt Sandberg in the slot and Sandberg sent a quick backhand shot into the top shelf of the net to tie the game at 1-1 for Crestwood. But Michael Mann would give Shrine the lead for good with 2:15 left in the period when he stickhandled down the left side of the ice, cut inside and fired home a quick backhanded wrist shot.

The final periods were a chippy, penalty filled affair that left both teams shorthanded for extended periods of time as the teams combined to take 20 minor penalties leading to 16 power plays over the final two periods of hockey.

“Unfortunately, a lot of times at the high school level kids have a hard time skating away of not getting involved in extracurriculars, and we were a perfect example of it tonight,” Shrine head coach A.J. Plaskey said. “It hurt us at times, but luckily we battled through it,” he added.

Overall, Shrine was led offensively by their seniors as Tresnak picked up two goals on the night, including the eventual game winner midway through the second period on a power play. The other senior captain, Joe Nagle added a shorthanded goal. Senior Eric Lichtenberg added two assists, while senior Will McFarland also added a goal.

“Our senior goalie got the win, and three of four senior forwards got goals, so it was good. It was good for them to end on a good note. We’ve had our best season to date with our program,” Plaskey said. “It was a good night all around.”

Shrine’s seniors did have some help from the underclassmen, however, particularly Michael Mann and Josh Essensa who each had a goal and assist. Senior Hugo Stange and junior Steve Erwin combined to make 23 saves in net.

Crestwood got a goal and an assist from Sandberg and a goal from Jacob Noel. Goaltender Steely Manalakis played well in net Crestwood, making 33 saves and keeping the Chargers in the game until midway through the third period before the Knights scored three late goals to put the game out of reach.

“He played pretty well, even though he gave up seven goals. He was hung out to dry a lot,” Crestwood head coach Steve Popp said. “He’s come a long way in the last month, and I believe in him,” Popp added. “We’ve just got to come out with a better defensive game all around, and we’ve got to stay out of the box.”

With the win, Shrine improves to 22-3 overall heading into next Tuesday’s pre-regional match up against Detroit Country Day. Crestwood slips to 13-10-1 and will await the winner of Dearborn and Monroe in the playoffs next Thursday.

Last Updated: 2/22/2013 11:42:01 PM EST

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