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HOCKEY: Bears fall in close battle with Novi Catholic Central

Despite falling 3-2 on Saturday night, Roosevelt hockey Coach Mike Quint was pleased with the Bears’ effort against powerful Novi Detroit Catholic Central.

“We came in with a good game plan and kept it tight against one of the best teams in the state,” Quint said.

The effort was especially good as Quint was unimpressed with his team’s play while winning the News-Herald Gabriel Richard Christmas Tournament over the holiday break.

Roosevelt got on board first against CC and took its only lead of the night when Griffin Maiani scored nine minutes into the first period. He was assisted by Aaron Robinson.

Four minutes later, Catholic Central’s Brady Jones netted his first of two on the night to tie the game, and Carson Gatt netted one in the second to give the Shamrocks a lead.

The Bears tried to rally back in the third and three minutes into the period, John Calhoun scored a power-play goal to tie the game. Joe Smellie had the assist.

But another goal from Catholic Central’s Jones, and a 10 minute game misconduct penalty was too much for the Bears to recover from.

Although they fell short, Quint was still happy with the way his team performed against their tough opponents.

“We lost one of our better players from a hit from behind (and) that certainly doesn’t help, but you gotta learn to live without people,” he said. “I thought they played well. They got one of the best teams in the state and we hung right with them.”

The Shamrocks finished the game with 44 shots on goal to the Bears’ 13.

On Saturday, the Bears will travel to Trenton’s Kennedy Recreation Center to take on Riverview.

“We gotta come in ready to play,” Quint said. “Riverview’s got a tough team this year.”

Last Updated: 1/8/2013 2:46:28 PM EST

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