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HOCKEY: Streaking Woodhaven knocks off reeling Bears

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Despite a flawed power play, the Woodhaven hockey team played an inspired game Saturday afternoon and finished with a 6-4 win over Roosevelt.

The Warriors gave up three shorthanded goals in the game – all to Roosevelt’s John Calhoun – but played well enough while the teams were even strength to win.

“Maybe we should have declined the penalties,” said Woodhaven Coach Bryan Sullivan, who could afford to joke after the win.

“We just have to do a better job of coaching up the power play,” Sullivan said. “Other than that, the kids played with a lot of energy and passion.

“It was a good overall effort, a good team effort. We did a lot of little things right and there were lots and lots of positives.”

Woodhaven broke on top with a Jacob Swindle goal in the first period and never trailed.

The team’s leading scorer, Mike Williams, had a big night, scoring a natural hat trick in the second period.

His efforts gave the Warriors a 4-2 lead heading into the final period.

“Mike played a strong game,” said Sullivan. “He’s a scorer; he has to put the puck in the net and that’s what he did. When he got his chances, he finished.”

Dominic Moore scored a goal halfway through the third period and Jake Moore capped the game with a perfect bank-short empty netter in the final minute of the game.

Griffin Maini scored Roosevelt’s other goal. Josh Hinterliter and Joe Smellie assisted. Calhoun’s three shorthanded goals were all unassisted.

The Roosevelt loss came on the heels of a tough overtime loss to Trenton a week ago and leaves the Bears with a 4-11 overall record.

Roosevelt, which had lost four straight games since winning the Gabriel Richard News-Herald Christmas Tournament over the holiday break, is off until Saturday when it hosts Detroit U-D Jesuit.

Woodhaven, which beat Ann Arbor Huron in a ho-hum game in Ann Arbor 5-3 a week ago, is also off until Saturday when they go to the Dearborn Disc to face Dearborn Divine Child in the final game of the two-day Michigan Metro Hockey League Showcase.

That game, to be played at 6 p.m. Saturday, is the highlight of the Showcase as Woodhaven is unbeaten in league play and DC has just one loss.

In the win over Huron, Woodhaven got goals from Williams, Adam Petit, Mike Perry, Trevor Kowalczyk and Jake Hernandez. Williams also had a pair of assists.

Last Updated: 1/23/2013 12:45:16 PM EST