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The Crestwood hockey team kept busy last week with three home games and improved their record to 13-8-1 after winning two of the three games.

The Chargers started their busy week with a 5-4 overtime win over Royal Oak on Feb. 13.

The team took a two goal lead before giving up a frustrating goal with less than a minute to go in the opening period.

Scott Bleim got the scoring started in the first period, helped out by Matt Kirunchyk.

Kirunchyk then added a goal to his assist, helped out by Cole Jordan.

The second period was much of the same story and the Chargers gave up a goal with a minute to go, but led 3-2 after two periods.

Matt Sandburg had the Crestwood goal, assisted by Kirunchyk.

Joey Testani netted one in the third period to cap off the regulation scoring. He was assisted by Kirunchyk.

The teams found themselves tied after three periods and Crestwood got a huge goal from Sandberg for the big 5-4 win.

“This was such a fun game to be a part of,” Coach Steve Popp said. “Very fast paced, exciting and filled with drama.

“I am very happy to have come away with the win and split our season series with Royal Oak this year. Our kids celebrated as if we won the Stanley Cup, which was pretty cool to see.”

The momentum did not carry over and the following night the team fell 3-1 to Riverview Gabriel Richard.

Kirunchyk accounted for the only Crestwood offense with his goal in the second period. Jimmy Stevenson had the assist.

The Pioneers led 1-0 after the first period and the Chargers tied it up but could not capitalize.

The contest was filled with power play opportunities but Crestwood saw no additional scoring.

“This was a very difficult game to play for us as we were coming off of a season high the night before and a big win in overtime,” Popp said. “We were very sloppy and a bit tired in the first period. We picked it up after that, but simply could not capitalize on our scoring chances.”

The team turned things around over the weekend with a 4-3 victory over Bedford on Saturday.

Sandberg got the scoring started in the first period, helped out by Kirunchyk and Bleim and the teams saw a 1-1 tie after 17 minutes of play.

But Crestwood opened up the scoring in the second period and scored three unanswered goals over the next two periods before Richard got two in the third for a dramatic finish.

The Charger defense was able to hold off the Pioneers and played hard in their last home game of the season.

Ardit Rakipi scored the only goal of the second period for Crestwood.

In the third Kirunchyk and Bleim added goals to cap off the scoring.

Johnny Segasser and Sandberg had the assists.

Popp was pleased with his team’s performance during the game.

“Our team is really coming together and establishing an identity for ourselves as a team that plays relentless defense, blocks shots and wins battles,” he said. “I couldn’t have been more proud about our kid’s performance after this game and getting our 13th win of the season.

“With two games left, plus playoffs, I think this first season as Crestwood Unified is certainly a success, and I look forward to some great hockey that is left to be played.”

The Chargers travel to Gabriel Richard tonight and stay on the road against Royal Oak Shrine on Friday.

Last Updated: 2/19/2013 12:56:08 PM EST