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HOCKEY: Bachnak's hat trick leads Riverview in mercy over Flat Rock-Airport

Riverview’s Brian Bachnak recorded a hat trick and an assist to lead the Bucs to a 9-1 victory over the Flat Rock-Airport hockey team.

The senior heavy Bucs jumped out of the gate, scoring four goals in the game’s first four minutes.

Garrett Watterworth got the scoring started less than three minutes into the game with a goal assisted by Chris Hass and Kyle Agius. Seconds later, Timmy Lyons netted one, assisted by Jacob St. Andre and Gerald Helstowski.

Play continued in the Jets’ zone and the Bucs broke through defense again when Alex Testy shot one to the back of the net assisted by Helstowski and Brandon Mulligan.

A minute later, Backnak netted his first of the night, unassisted.

The Bucs kept the puck around the Flat Rock goal for the rest of the period, but were unable to score before time ran out.

Coach Al Taurence thought his team may have relaxed and started thinking of themselves and not of the team as a whole.

“When they play as a unit, when they play as a team, we can score goals when we need to,” Taurence said. “But then we start thinking of ourselves and not the team as a whole.”

Riverview got back to their scoring ways quickly in the second period when Bachnak netted his second of the night, assisted by Helstowsi and Lyons.

Seconds later, Austin Jacobs broke through Riverview defense for Airport’s only score of the night on an unassisted goal.

The Jets played a strong second period, but were unable to catch up against the Bucs.

Coach Tim Ames and his team are going through a rebuilding stage this season and Ames expects things to start turning around after the holidays. The team is rather young and several players did not play on any team last season.

In between periods, Ames talked to his team about getting back to basic fundamentals to find a way to stay in the game.

“You have to find a way to compete,” Ames said. “We talked about defensive zone and coverage.”

Taurence had nothing but respect for the Jets, having been in their situation a few years ago.

“They’re in the rebuilding stage,” he said. “(But) they are very well coached.”

The Bucs added two more goals in the second period and another two in the third to secure their 9-1 mercy win.

Kyle Aguis scored on a power play in the second assisted by Hass. Bachnak completed his hat trick with a minute and a half left in the second, assisted by Testy and Lyons.

Testy netted his second of the night to open the third period, helped out by Bachnak and Watterworth finished the scoring with just under ten minutes left to end the game. He was assisted by Hass and Killingback.

Sophomore goalie Russell Stewart had the win in net.

Despite the loss, Ames is pleased with the way his team is playing during games.

“The kids don’t quit and they work hard,” Ames said.

The Jets take this weekend off and will face Crestwood next week.

Riverview travels to Gaylord this weekend where they plan to approach their two games much in the same way they approached the game.

“We’ll focus on hard hitting, shots on net, and having fun,” Taurence said. “We’ll have two tough games (and) hopefully we’ll walk away with two wins.”

Last Updated: 12/11/2012 10:34:30 PM EST

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