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Down by one goal late in Saturday’s game at Roosevelt, Saline had a golden opportunity to even things up.

The Hornets (9-2) were awarded a power play with 2:12 remaining in the battle between the two tough Metro League squads.

However, a misplayed puck led to a shorthanded goal for the Bears (9-3) and a 5-3 victory.

To seal the win, Roosevelt’s Joe Nevalo grabbed a missed Hornets’ pass and skated into the opposing zone. At the same time, Saline goaltender Scott Thomas was leaving the ice for a sixth attacker. He tried to get back in the net, but in the process lost his stick and Nevalo netted an easy goal with only 37 seconds on the clock.

“It was sort of indicative of the night,” said Saline Coach Drew Denzin. “The puck just didn’t seem to bounce the way we had hoped it would, but there’s plenty to learn from.”

Roosevelt Coach Mike Quint said the win against the strong Hornets squad was another step in the right direction for his group, which was coming off an 8-2 victory against Country Day earlier in the week.

“They’re a pretty good hockey team,” Quint said. “We’ve been playing a little better, so we’re happy we can come out of here with a W. We’re 9-3; I think that we’re starting to show that we’re a decent team.”

Early on Saturday, it was the Hornets who went up first, as Owen Helber scored less than four minutes into the game, assisted by Adam Haas. For Helber, it was his first of two goals on the night.

Around the 11-minute mark of the first period, Roosevelt tied it up courtesy of a power-play goal by Matt Calhoun, with Jacob Jennings earning an assist.

Soon after, Alex King and Jennings both scored to give their team a 3-1 lead going into the first intermission. Assists on the King goal went to Griffin Maiani and Blake Reames, while Jennings’ goal, which came on the power play, was assisted by Calhoun and Nevalo

In the second period, both teams had scoring opportunities, but neither side was able to cash in.

Less than two minutes into the third, the Hornets took advantage of a power play and Grant Ellis lit the lamp, assisted by Noah Helber, to make it a 3-2 game.

The Bears’ Jason Brancheau extended the home team’s lead to 4-2 with a power-play goal at the 7:19 mark. King and Mainai were both credited with assists on his goal.

To pull Saline within one, Owen Helber scored his second goal of the night at 12:28 mark, but it was the last time his squad would get on the board.

Despite yielding the two third-period goals, the Roosevelt defense did come up big down the stretch, as did goaltender Chandler Pattenaude.

About halfway through the final period, penalties against the Bears gave the Hornets a two-man advantage, but they survived without giving up a goal.

Overall, Pattenaude had 29 saves for Roosevelt and Thomas finished with 19 for the Hornets.

Next up for the Bears is a game Jan. 14 at Trenton, while Saline is scheduled to host Divine Child Jan. 15.

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Last Updated: 1/11/2015 3:28:55 AM EST

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