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HOCKEY: Woodhaven finishes off Anderson

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What looked like a laugher for the Woodhaven hockey team Friday night turned into tense affair when the host Anderson Titans reeled the Warriors in with four second-period goals.

Woodhaven scored five times in the first period and took a 5-1 lead into the locker room at the first intermission.

Anderson’s special teams were the story of the second period as they scored three power-play goals and a shorthanded goal and trailed just 6-5 after two periods.

Woodhaven put it back together, however, and scored the only two goals of the third period to complete an 8-5 win.

The game went from a laugher to an edge-of-the-seater quickly in the second period.

Nick Spagnol took advantage of a 5-on-3 Southgate edge when he scored in the first minute of the period.

After Woodhaven’s Eric Long scored a backhand rebound goal, the Titans really went to work.

K.J. O’Brien scored for Southgate on a shorthanded breakaway, James Birmingham added a power-play goals and O’Brien scored again when he banged in the rebound of a Spagnol shot when the rebound got away from Woodhaven goalie Steve Hurley.

With the Woodhaven lead down to 6-5, Trevor Monaco replaced Hurley and did not allow a goal the rest of the night.

Anderson goalie Chris Dusik kept the momentum going for his team when he stoned Woodhaven sniper Mike Williams on a clean-cut breakaway late in the period.

In the third period the Woodhaven duo of Long and Jake Hernandez teamed up twice on goals.

Long, who had a hat trick and a four-point night, scored both – the first on a great 2-on-1 play by Hernandez, who held the puck just long enough to give it to Long for a slam dunk.

It was the exclamation point on a game that began with a bang for the Warriors.

Cody Hastings, Jake Swindle and Dom, Moore all scored as Woodhaven built a 3-1 lead.

Before the period ended, Matt Bederka deflected a shot plat Dusik and then he picked up a loose puck and fired it past the Southgate goalie.

Devon Yon had the only goal of the first period for the Titans.

The win was the fourth in a row for Woodhaven, which heads into the holiday break with a 7-3 record.

The Warriors will next play in their own tournament Jan. 4-5.

Anderson (3-3) goes TO Ann Arbor to play Pioneer Jan. 4.

Last Updated: 12/23/2012 3:15:53 PM EST