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Richard beats Riverview, loses to Flint Powers

Richard split a pair of games last week, as it took down in-city rival Riverview 5-1 Wednesday and on Friday was dropped 4-2 at state-ranked Flint Powers.

After one period against the Pirates (6-7-2), the Pioneers (11-3-1) were tied 1-1, but Richard grabbed a commanding lead in the second with three goals and added one in the final period.

Riverview got on the board first with a goal by Christopher Hass, with assists coming from Dalton Sutherland and James Lambert.

About three minutes later, Richard tied the game with its lone goal of the period, as Jack Skrzynski scored and was assisted by Jon Rhind and John Louria.

Richard Coach Ricky DeSana wasn’t pleased with some of the chances his Pioneers missed during the first 17 minutes.

“I thought in the first period, they beat us to loose pucks and we didn’t make very good decisions and just turned the puck over and created a lot of scoring opportunities for them,” DeSana said. “We need to work on more special teams in practice and that showed.”

The second period, however, was a much different story.

Just 17 seconds in, Brandon Damron scored a power-play goal to put Richard up 2-1, assisted by John Ames and Devin Dickow.

About five minutes later, Damron struck again for his second goal of the night, which was assisted by Michael Hodgson, and gave the burgundy and white squad a 3-1 advantage.

After his assist on Damron’s goal, Hodgson went on to score two of his own.

First he scored with about six minutes left in the second period and then added another about five minutes into the third. Ames picked up assists on both of Hodgson’s goals and Damron earned one on the first goal.

“All I did after the first period was reinforce them they were a good hockey team and that they can play better than they did and it was in their hands,” DeSana said. “I was happy that we rebounded after not playing a good first period and played a good second and third period against a good team.”

Riverview, trying to get a burst of offense, pulled goaltender Zachary Millisor with 8:12 left to play in the game, during a Bucs’ power play, but could not capitalize.

“We do that quite a bit and it works in most cases,” Riverview Coach Al Taurence said of the move to pull his goalie. “Sometimes they score on us, but if we’re down by four, what’s five.

“It catches the other team off guard. They’re always trying to throw a puck down at the net and a lot of times we get that puck in the middle and put it down.”

In goal for the night, Richard’s Christian Spangler stopped 28 of the 29 shots fired at him, while Millisor turned away 19 of 24 for the Bucs and teammate Josh Lashbrook stopped all five he faced.

Over the weekend, Riverview dropped a 3-0 contest to a tough Detroit Country Day squad.

Two nights after the win against the Bucs, the Pioneers found themselves down only 1-0 after the first period at Flint Powers, which is ranked No. 7 in the state in Division 3.

Five minutes into the second period, Richard got on the board with a goal from Damron, assisted by Hodgson and Rhind and less than two minutes later Hodgson lit the lamp, with assists going to Dickow and Skrzynski.

Unfortunately for the Pioneers, the Chargers matched them with two second-period goals and added one in the third to skate off with the 4-2 victory.

Richard takes the ice again tomorrow night for a game against Carlson and on Saturday night travels to Bishop Foley.

Roosevelt knocks off GPN

Roosevelt bounced back from a tough defeat earlier in the week against Trenton with a 3-2 victory at Grosse Pointe North Saturday night.

Just one minute into the game, Jake Coulter put the Bears (6-8) up 1-0 with a goal that was assisted by Matt Calhoun and Bryce Matulonis.

About five minutes later, the locals took a two-goal advantage after Joe Nevalo found the back of the net, assisted by Ryan Greene.

The Norsemen quickly made it a one-goal game, however, as Vince Romanelli scored less than one minute later.

At the 6:09 mark of the second period, the Bears stretched their lead to two goals again after Calhoun lit the lamp, assisted by Matulonis.

North picked up a third-period goal from Nick Murray at the 15:10 mark, but it was the last time a shot got by Roosevelt goaltender Frank Cerulla and the Bears earned a 3-2 MIHL win.

For the night, Cerulla stopped 25 of the 27 shots he faced.

The Bears skate again tonight at home against Birmingham Brother Rice and on Saturday welcome in UD Jesuit.

Cabrini, Flat-Rock Airport get second wins

Cabrini picked up its second victory of the season last Wednesday with a 4-1 victory against visiting Bishop Foley. Three nights later the Monarchs (2-11) were back home and lost 6-2 to Flat Rock-Airport, which picked up its second win of the 2013-14 campaign in the process.

In the win against the Ventures, Dominic Czjaka put Cabrini on the board first with a second-period goal, assisted by Chris Sukel and Sheldon Varhol.

Anthony Killam netted the next two goals for the locals, getting an assist from Joe Hay each time.

To cap off the scoring, Brendan Alvis lit the lamp with Cabrini’s fourth goal of the night, with assists going to Nathan Pigott and Czjaka.

“The game was highlighted by real nice puck movement and hard forechecking,

with a good job of goaltending by Brett Kates,” said Monarchs Coach Bill Alvis.

On Saturday night, Flat Rock-Airport took a 2-1 lead into the third period against Cabrini and then exploded with four more goals in the final 17 minutes.

Six different players scored for the Jets (2-12), as goals came from Seth Farrah, Sam Farrah, Garrett Gillis, Austin Jacobs, Ryan Eyler and Alex Jennings.

The Monarchs got two goals from Killam in the contest and one from Alvis. Killam was assisted by Varhol on his first goal and got an assist from Jake Mackie on both goals, while Varhol also assisted on Alvis’ goal.

Next up for Cabrini is a home game tonight against Ann Arbor Skyline, while the Jets will be in action again Saturday night at Riverview.

Last Updated: 1/21/2014 3:09:34 PM EST