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HOCKEY: Agius, Hass lead Riverview past Carlson (PHOTO and VIDEO)

Kyle Agius and Chris Hass proved to be the perfect one-two punch in Thursday night’s 5-1 victory for the Riverview Hockey team.

Gibraltar Carlson got on board first, but the Bucs responded with five unanswered goals to secure their win.

Drew Hull scored the lone goal of the first period, giving the Marauders their only lead of the night. He was assisted by Steven Trosell and Rick O’Rourke.

The Bucs kept quite until just under seven minutes to go in the second period, when Agius got his explosive night started.

Hass snagged a rebound shot and made a quick pass to Agius who found the back of the net to tie the game.

Two minutes later, Agius gave his team the lead, sliding the puck through Ellis Graham’s pads, assisted again by Hass.

Riverview had a slim lead going into the penalty filled third period, but three more goals gave them the security they needed.

Scoring started early in the third, when a Carlson penalty carried over from the second period allowed Timmy Lyons to fun the back of the net just over a minute into the third. He was assisted by Brian Bachnak.

Seven penalties, including a ten-minute game misconduct for each team filled the next 14 minutes.

The Bucs took the bulk of the penalties, with four, but held their ground and executed great defense, not allowing the Marauders past.

“They tried to hand us the game back when they gave us a five-minute penalty, but we couldn’t score any goals,” Carlson Coach Dennis Gundick said. “In a 2-1 hockey game with a five-minute penalty, we’re supposed to get at least one goal and we didn’t.”

Agius and Hass finished off their night with just under four minutes to go and with 30 seconds left, Bachnak netted one more for comfort, unassisted.

“Kyle was huge,” Riverview Coach Al Taurence said. “Hass stepped up. Bachnak played really well. We just have a bunch of players that played really well.”

The Bucs started the game slow, coming off a rough practice the day before that Taurence ended early.

“I really thought we were gonna have a really bad game,” he said. “(But) we don’t want to go over the Chrismtas holidays with a loss.”

Riverview, now 6-2 on the season, mercied the Marauders when they saw them a month ago in tournament play over Thanksgiving weekend and wanted to make sure they saw another win.

Taurence was pleased with the goaltending work from Zach Woolcott and the way his team finished the game, and thought it was a good effort from both sides.

“(We) started doing it better in the second period and it just kind of carried on. It was a good game for the kids,” he said. “They (Carlson) play very well. They’re physical and I thought it was a great game.”

Taurence was also pleased with the reffing in the game.

“The way the refs let them play was great,” he said. “The penalties they called deserve to be called. I complimented the refs after the game.

“That’s what hockey’s about.”

Despite the loss, Gundick was pleased with the way his team performed against Riverview after their loss a month ago.

“All in all, we’re pretty happy with it,” he said. “We wanted the kids to go out there and prove they could play at this level against a good team.

“I thought we played well. Couple turnovers, couple mistakes, we didn’t get blown out by any means.”

The Marauders knew Bachnak is Riverview’s threat and were pleased with holding him to just one goal, despite allowing a hat trick from Agis.

“I think if there was an MVP tonight, it would have been him (Agius),” Gundick said. “He’s on all cylinders. Good speed, good skills.

“He’s a good player who takes charge when their top player’s having a tough night.”

Both teams will meet again on Feb. 2 in their breast cancer game.

Last Updated: 12/21/2012 3:47:44 PM EST

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