Chris Dusik faced a plethora of shots from the Red Devils Wednesday night, but only allowed one goal in the third period to ensure Anderson's 8-5 win over Grosse Ile. It was the second win the Titans had over the Red Devils this season.
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HOCKEY: Anderson scores six in third period to upend Grosse Ile (PHOTO AND VIDEO)
The Southgate and Grosse Ile hockey teams alternated two-goal leads at the end of the first two periods, but an explosive third period gave the Titans their 8-5 victory Wednesday night.
Anderson trailed by two goals entering the third period but six goals in the final period secured their win.
The Titans took a two-goal lead late in the opening period Mac Slowik gave Anderson their first goal with just over five minutes left.
He was assisted by Jonah Peryam and Ryan Curry.
Just over a minute later Nick Spagnol extended the lead, helped out by Benjamin Cullin.
With just over a minute left, Grosse Ile got on board when Dean Ziberi slipped one in, with help from Zach Lemerand and Jesse Jurecki.
Southgate was held scoreless in the middle period and the Red Devils added three scores of their own to take a 4-2 lead.
Jurecki opened the scoring with his second of the night with a flip over the pads of Chris Dusik. Lemerand had the assist.
Both teams kept chipping away, but Grosse Ile struck again when Aaron Porcarelli sniped a shot high from the line. Just over a minute later he got he second of the night with a cross ice shot from the point.
Lemerand and Jurecki had the assists.
Grosse Ile, riding high off a week of good play and looking for revenge against the Titans for a loss they were handed earlier in the season, went into the third period with the momentum to win. But the Titans seemed to have a bit more momentum and found the back of the net six times, including four unanswered goals to end the game.
“We were building momentum leading into this game,” Grosse Ile Coach Joe Maci said. “We had been playing well the last week and a half and thought today we’d do the same.
“Two periods we played very, very well and thought we were gonna carry through that.”
Anderson Coach Pat Jesue was pleased with his team’s come-from-behind effort, and said he knew what his team was capable of.
“I’m quite proud of them,” Jesue said. “We didn’t quit. (But) kudos to Reggie Vella. He played an awesome game for them and it could have been a whole lot different.”
Jesue thought his team came out slow in the first two periods and wanted his team to come out and play a physical game in the last 17 minutes.
“I’m not saying I want us running everybody out (but) there’s a certain things that comes with hitting,” Jesue said. “You’re grinding them down and slowing them down while you’re doing it.”
The Red Devils also ran into penalty trouble, and allowed two power play goals from the Titans.
Garrett Jakunskas took a four minute minor for head checking late the third period and it gave the Titans an advantage when it carried over into the third period.
The Titans got scoring started early when Kyle Semour netted his first of three, just ten seconds into the final period. James Birmingham had the assist.
Less than 30 seconds later, Slowik netted his second of the night and the teams were tied. Andrew Witz had the assist.
The Red Devils responded 20 seconds later to regain their lead when Porcarelli scored his second on a break away, unassisted.
Both teams kept fighting and putting shots on net and with 10 minutes left to play, Seymour sniped one to the top corner on the glove side to tie the game at five. Witz had the assist.
Anderson netted three more unanswered goals to end the game.
Matt Cooper blew by Grosse Ile defense to deke the goaltender to give the Titans their game winning goal. He was helped out by Austin Simpson.
Ben Cullin widened the lead with a breakaway goal with five minutes to play, and with 15 seconds remaining, Seymour capped of the scoring, and recorded his hat trick, with an empty netter.
Seymour has recorded four goals in the last two games and Jesue described him as a workhorse with good energy.
“It’s his work ethic,” Jesue said. “Hard work doesn’t lie. He’s been busting his butt.”
Jesue also commented on the nice overall play of Cullin and Austin Simpson and said the outcome could have been different if not for Simpson’s back checking.
The Titans were riding off of a nice overtime win over Riverview from the night before and Jesue was pleased with the win.
“Our whole emphasis tonight was just get the pucks to the net and crash the net on the power play,” Jesue said. “I told them to simplify it. I just want pucks going to the net. Get traffic in front.”
The Red Devils plan to move forward with the season with plans to better the amount of penalties they take, and their overall effort.
“Once we play a complete game we’ll be alright,” Maci said. “We’re trying to play 51 minutes (and) we took way too many penalties in the last two periods and it killed us.
“We’ll just keep working at it.”
The Red Devils host Farmington Hills this weekend while the Titans travel to Dearborn to face Allen Park in the Metro League Showcase.