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HOCKEY: Riverview rides its horsePHOTO
Brian Bachnak scores 13 goals as Pirates win three games, including a big one against rival Roosevelt
Chris Hass takes Huron's Josh Simmers to the ice during a game at the SEHL Showcase at Southgate Civic Center Friday. The Bucs won three games last week, including a 7-3 upset of Michigan Interscholastic Hockey League rival Roosevelt.
Brian Bachnak continued his dominating season, scoring an astounding 13 goals in the three games.
The big win was Riverview’s eye-opening 7-3 win over Roosevelt.
The showdown game with neighboring Wyandotte was the game Riverview had been anticipating all season.
Riverview jumped to a 3-0 lead with Tim Lyons scoring first, assisted by Bachnak.
Bachnak then found the back of the net six more times to secure the victory.
“I have not seen a better hockey player this year,” Taurence said. “There is no better hockey player in the state of Michigan right now.”
The senior has grown quite a bit since last season and is not only strong physically, but stands out as a leader for the team.
Last year, when opponents would go after him, Taurence said he would turn his game off and go after them. Now, Bachnak has turned things around, and the more his opponents go after him, the stronger he seems to get.
“He’s matured as a player,” Taurence said. “He’s just playing so well.”
Bachnak is also influential in the locker room, often acting as another coach.
“He’s in there talking to the team, telling the team what they gotta do and what they have to change. What he sees out there,” Taurence said. “Most of his points are right on base.
“He understands the game very well. He’s just like another coach in the locker room.”
Backnak’s linemates Alex Testy and Lyons often create the scoring opportunities and the three work very well together.
And even though Backnak is dominating in goals, he is still quick to give others a chance when the opportunity presents itself.
“He’s not selfish in any manner,” Taurence said. “If he sees a guy open, he’s passing the puck to him.
Against the Bears, Gerald Helstowski and Testy each finished with three assists and Lyons and Kyle Agius each had two.
“It was really all around a good game for us,” Taurence said. “This was the game that the kids were looking forward to.”
Taurence was pleased that his team defeated Roosevelt since the Bears have beaten Riverview the last two years.
The younger players are now starting to step up and play well for the Bucs and they will need it. At the end of this season, Taurence will graduate 11 seniors.
“All my young guys are now starting to play well,” Taurence said. “That’s the biggest difference. The younger guys aren’t hurting us anymore; they’re fitting in very well.”
The Bucs defeated Country Day 6-2 a week ago and Bachnak accounted for five of the goals. Agius scored the sixth goal.
Bachnak got the scoring started right away, off the opening puck drop just 20 seconds into the opening period.
The teams went back and forth when Country Day tied, Bachnak scored his second, and Country Day tied again.
But two goals in each of the last two periods secured the victory for Riverview.
Lyons had four assists, all on Bachnak’s goals, Helstowski had three assists and Chris Hass and Testy each finished with two assists.
Zach Woolcott played a strong game in net for the Bucs.
In the SEHL showcase on Friday night, the Bucs took on Huron in what was considered a league game and defeated the Chiefs 5-1.
Bachnak got the scoring started once again, helped out by Lyons. He then assisted on Alex Testy’s goal to give the Bucs a 2-0 lead.
Huron finally got on board to cut the deficit to one goal, but three unanswered goals from Riverview would secure the victory.
Testy and Bachnak scored their second goals of the night, and Hass netted one of his own.
Lyons recorded a point maker with his three assists and Agius and Helstowski each finished with two assists.
The Bucs took on Chelsea last night in their only game of the week.
Last Updated: 1/15/2013 4:19:37 PM EST