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The Dearborn Unified and Divine Child hockey teams renewed old acquaintances last week. Coach Brian Dallas' old team, Divine Child, easily beat his new team. Photo by Sam Mousiaian

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HOCKEY: Divine Child runs away with rivalry game (PHOTO)

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The Divine Child hockey team faced its old coach last Wednesday at Redford Arena and showed him exactly the kind of program he helped develop.

It also showed that the Falcons are in the capable hands of second-year coach Brandon Kaleniecki and the season looks quite promising for DC.

The Falcons came out flying, scoring three goals in the first five minutes against former coach Brian Dallas and Dearborn Unified and never looked back, coasting to a 9-1 win in a battle of crosstown rivals.

“The overall start of the game was huge,” said Kaleniecki, who successfully kept his players focused on playing hockey and not getting caught up in anything but the game itself.

“We were able to jump out to that 3-0 lead which was pivotal. A rivalry game brings out a lot of emotion so to get an early lead was important and we were fortunate to build on it.”

The Falcons led 4-0 after the first period with Alex McMann scoring twice and Kyle Makowski and Danny McGrail each scoring once.

Dearborn Unified scored in the middle of the second period to cut the lead to 4-1 but the Falcons quickly put any ideas of a comeback on ice. DC scored on the next two shifts to push the lead to 6-1 on goals by Carleton Helwig and Bayley Brothers.

The second period ended 6-1.

Colin Juszczyk scored early in the third period before Matt Byrne and Mitchell Leporowski finished the scoring on a beautiful goal with 4 minutes to go in the game.

Anthony Scala had four assists for the winners. Brock Bacher, Ryan Barrett, and Patrick Demarco each added two assists.

Steven Harvey played solid in net to earn the victory.

“It was a great crowd at Redford Arena,” said Kaleniecki. “The second period they came out strong and were able to score one to make it 4-1. I felt the next two shifts after they made it 4-1 were absolutely phenomenal from our vantage point. DU scored a goal to get their crowd back into it and we went down and scored the next two shifts. That was a huge momentum swing back in our favor after they got their goal. Fortunately for us, we were able to extend that lead and keep the momentum going into the third.”

Kaleniecki said it was a great atmosphere for an early-season high school hockey game.

“The crowd was fantastic,” he said. “Probably the best I've seen since I've started coaching at DC last season. Hopefully there can be more of those because it was a fun atmosphere to be in. At times, you need to remind the players to keep their composure but overall I felt both teams did that.”

The second-year DC coach was pleased that he had contributions from up and down the lineup.

“That will be a key factor for us as the season moves forward,” he said. “We know we have guys like Scala, Makowski, McMann, and Bacher that will produce some offense, but it’s good to see other guys contributing, especially the younger guys in their first high school action and some of the returners like Leporowski stepping up into bigger roles.

“We have had a good mix through the first two games of getting contributions from our first through fourth line. That is something that hopefully they can keep building on.”

DC travels to play Plymouth at the Artic Edge at 6 p.m. today and hosts Country Day at 7:10 p.m. on Saturday at Redford.

Dearborn Unified hosts Country Day at 7:40 p.m. today and Ann Arbor Pioneer at 7:20 p.m. on Saturday.

Last Updated: 12/3/2013 12:21:16 PM EST