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HOCKEY: Imperfect Warriors' win streak hits three

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The Woodhaven hockey team snapped up a pair of wins last week to move its modest winning streak to three.

The Warriors went to Dearborn Ice Skating Center a week ago and beat Dearborn 6-1. Three days later, Woodhaven hosted and blanked Ann Arbor Huron 6-0.

The Warriors played the River Rats down a few players, but Jake Swindle stepped up and scored a hat trick to lead the team to its win.

“Jake played probably his best game in two years,” said Woodhaven Coach Bryan Sullivan. “He didn’t do any end-to-end stuff, but he did all the little things you need to do and he was rewarded with three goals.”

Swindle also had an assist.

He played with Jake Hernandez and Eric Long and that whole trio played well, according to Sullivan.

Hernandez had a goal and two assists and Long had two helpers.

Billy Brock and Alex Robinson also each scored for the Warriors.

Woodhaven goalie Trevor Monaco stopped all 12 Huron shots in the game and earned the shutout.

The win over Dearborn went to keeper Steve Hurley, who stopped 20 of 21 shots and carried a shutout of his own into the third period.

Sullivan said the line of Mike Williams, Dominic Moore and Cody Hastings was a dominant force against Dearborn and the score sheet proved it.

Moore and Hastings each had two goals and Williams had a goal and three assists.

Matt Bederka and Trevor Kowalczyk had the other goals for Woodhaven.

The Warriors are now 6-3 this season and while Sullivan is happy with the record and the recent wins, he is concerned about his team’s lack of consistency.

“We showed flashes, but we are still struggling to put three full periods together,” he said. “We need to show focus and intensity the whole game and we are not there yet.

“We’re going to have to play better, more consistent if we want to keep winning because the competition is going to get tougher and tougher and we get further into the season.”

The Warriors end the 2012 portion of their schedule Saturday at Southgate.

Trenton rolled

The Trenton hockey team has rarely absorbed a beating like the one it took Dec. 12 in Plymouth.

The Trojans went to Compuware Arena where Novi Detroit Catholic Central laid an 8-0 mercy-rule whipping on them.

“Catholic Central really played well,” said Trenton Coach Mike Turner. “They have 13 or 14 seniors and their experience and depth were a significant factor.”

Catholic central scored three goals in the first period, one in the second and ended the game with a four-goal barrage in the third.

Trenton managed just 12 shot on goal for the entire game.

The loss, combined with Saturday night’s 3-1 win over Roosevelt, leaves the Trojans with a 4-4 record.

Trenton plays Grosse Pointe North at Detroit City Arena toni9ght and hosts Orchard Lake St. Mary’s Saturday.


The Anderson hockey team continued its strong season with a 3-1 victory against Saline one week ago.

The Titans added a goal in each period and did not allow Saline to score until less than a minute was left in the third period.

With six seconds left in the first period, Andrew Witz put Anderson ahead, assisted by Matt Cooper and Jonah Peryam.

Just over halfway through the second, Mac Slowik netted the Titan’s second, assisted by Nick Spagnol and Chris Dusik.

Kelly O’Brien capped the Anderson scoring in the third period, assisted by Witz and Cooper.

The Titans finished their home-and-home with Saline on Monday night, in their only game of the week.


Roosevelt fell 3-2 to Grosse Pointe North in a game played a week ago.

Roosevelt scored a minute into the first period when Joe Smellie found the back of the net, assisted by Aaron Robinson and Vinnie Jelsomeno, but Grosse Pointe tied the game 30 seconds later.

In the second period, Smellie netted his second of the night to give the Bears another lead off a short-handed goal. He was assisted by Tyler Winters.

The Bears were unable to keep the momentum up and were unable to come back after Grosse Pointe scored two more goals in the remainder of the game.

The Bears also played a close game with old Rival Trenton on Saturday and came up on the short end of a 3-1 score.

Smellie also had Wyandotte’s only goal of that game.

The Bears will try and stop a five-game losing streak this week when they go to Oak Park to face defending state champ Birmingham Brother Rice tomorrow and to Orchard Lake to play St. Mary’s Saturday.

Last Updated: 12/18/2012 1:50:49 PM EST