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HOCKEY: Woodhaven starts 2013 by winning its own tournament (PHOTOS)

Woodhaven's Cody Hastings keeps his eye on the prize during the finals of the Woodhaven Tournament Saturday. Hastings and the Warriors beat Allen Park in overtime on Friday and then shut out Dewitt to win the crown on Saturday.

Tom Snyder (7), Alec Case and the Allen Park Jags slipped up in a 4-3 overtime loss to host Woodhaven Friday night, but rebounded with a 3-3 tie against Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central in the Woodhaven Tournament consolation game Saturday.

After surviving an overtime game against Allen Park on Friday night, the Woodhaven hockey team beat Dewitt 4-0 on Saturday to claim the championship of its own tournament.

The Warriors dominated the championship contest but only led 2-0 heading into the third period.

The Warriors, despite their 9-3 record this season have had a habit of squandering leads and then having to fight for their lives. Warrior Coach Bryan Sullivan warned them about that during the second intermission and the warning took.

“That third period was probably the best period we have played all season,” Sullivan said. “We were really moving the puck and they probably did not spend more than a minute the whole period in or zone.”

Captain Mike Williams, who have the game-winning overtime goals against Allen Park on Friday night, scored two more in the win over Dewitt.

Matt Bederka and Jake Swindle had the others. Cody Hastings and Blaise Varady collected assists.

Goalie Steve Hurley stopped all 16 DeWitt shots to earn his first high school shut out and played well, according to Sullivan.

Sullivan also tipped his cap to DeWitt’s keeper.

“He was the best goalie we’ve seen all year,” Sullivan said. “He was for sure the difference in (DeWitt’s) win over SMCC and I think he stopped about 118 shots in the two games he played.

“We could not beat him with a straight-up shot; every goal came after three or four shots or on a deflection.”

In their first-round game, the Warriors dispatched Allen Park, but it was not easy.

With the scored tied at 3-all midway thought the first overtime, Woodhaven’s Mitch Carron rimmed the puck hard into the Allen Park end.

The puck took a strange bounce off the boards near the Zamboni doors and deflected toward the front of the net.

Williams picked it up near the bottom of the faceoff circle and wasted no time in ripped the puck past Allen Park goalie Todd Maynard.

“We had just finished killing a penalty and Williams wasted no time in getting the shot off,” said Sullivan.

Allen Park Coach John Brithinee chalked it up as a bad break.

“We played a good game; a good, strong game,” he said “My team did everything right on that (last) play. It hit the gap on the Zamboni door. It was a stroke of bad luck there. You can’t do anything about that. “

Varady, Dom Moore and Billy Brock netted the other Woodhaven goals.

Trevor Monaco stopped 32 of 35 shots to record the win in goal for the Warriors.

The win avenged a 6-2 loss the Jags handed the Warriors way back during Thanksgiving weekend and Allen Park’s season-opening tournament.

Allen Park got two goals from Aaron Porter and another from Austin Schultz. Nick Fulton, Jason Obricki-Smith, Richie Pinkowski and Travis Pippin had assists.

Maynard face 33 shots and stopped 29 of them.

DeWitt reached the finals by beating Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central 4-3 in the opening round.

Allen Park and SMCC then skated to a 3-3 tie in the consolation game on Saturday.

Snyder and Schultz each had a goal and an assist and Chris Mann scored the third goal for Allen Park. Goalie Cody Labutte stopped 19 of the 22 shots he faced during the three periods and one eight-minute overtime.

“I wasn’t really pleased with the way my team performed and they knew it,” Brithinee said

Woodhaven (9-3) is off until Saturday when it hosts Saline in a Michigan Metro League game.

Shorthanded Allen Park (8-4-1) returns to action tonight when it goes to Trenton to face the Trojans. It then faces stiff test with Dearborn Divine Child and Grosse Pointe South.

“We’re gonna be playing down guys still,” Brithinee said. “It’ll be a good test.

“We’re going to start getting back into the swing of things hopefully. We’re coming into the last part of the year. It will be a good test to see how we respond.”

Last Updated: 1/8/2013 2:44:26 PM EST

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