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The Southgate and Grosse Ile hockey teams traded leads through the first two periods, but an explosive third period gave the Titans their 8-5 victory Wednesday night.

Anderson led by two goals after the first period and trailed by two 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 hosted Farmington Hills over the weekend and despite a strong effort, fell 5-0.

“Although our boys played hard throughout the entire game, Farmington continued pressure for the full 51 minutes,” Maci said.

Despite being shut out, Maci was pleased with the efforts of Vella, who faced 54 shots.

“He was amazing,” Maci said. “Reggie has stepped up his game over the past two weeks.

“He has recorded two shutouts and has kept us in every game we have played, giving us a chance to win.”

Over the weekend, the Titans faced Allen Park in the Metro League Showcase at The Disc in Dearborn.

After a scoreless first period, Anderson took a 2-0 lead in the second and added two more in the third period for their 4-1 victory.

Five minutes into the middle period, Cooper got Southgate on the scoreboard, assisted by Simpson.

Six minutes later, the Titans took a two goal lead when Slowik netted his first of the night, set up by Ryan Curry and Casey Wieleba.

The Jags got on board with just 43 seconds left to put the game within one goal heading into the third. Nick Metropoulus was the lone goal scorer, assisted by Steve Littleton and Jason Obrycki-Smith.

In the final 17 minutes, the Titans added two more unanswered goals to secure their victory.

With just under five to play, Cullin broke past Allen Park defense to give the Titans a two goal lead. Spagnol and Tim Witz had the assist.

With 2:30 left to play, Slowik capped off the scoring with his second of the night, assisted by Kelly O’Brien and Witz.

Chris Dusik had the win in net and faced just 19 shots, while the Titans put 35 on Allen Park’s Cody Labutte.

Early last week, the Titans got their first of three wins for the week with a 2-1 overtime victory over Riverview.

O’Brien netted the game winner just 16 seconds into the eight minute overtime period.

Slowik and Birmingham had the assists.

The Bucs, who have been on a hot streak as of late, seemed to lack energy in their second bad game of the season, according to Coach Al Taurence.

“I didn’t expect a good game, and I didn’t get one,” Taurence said. “No energy on the bench, no energy in the locker room.

“(Southgate) played well against us (and) deserve all the credit in the world. We just didn’t play very well.”

Anderson took its first lead over halfway through the second period when Kyle Seymour found the back of the net, assisted by O’Brien and Wieleba.

The Bucs responded with just over four minutes to play in regulation to tie the game.

Joseph Vitale had Riverview’s lone goal, unassisted.

Dusik had the win in net, facing 34 shots.

After the game, Taurence and his team talked about bumps in the road and Taurence told his team how you respond to them is more important than the games themselves.

After a few good practices, the Bucs bounced back with two victories over Big Rapids and Grand Rapids Christian in the Monroe Showcase over the weekend.

Taurence said he knew his team would play well over the weekend.

“We were gonna play well,” he said. “(I could tell) just by what their demeanor is and what their energy is in the locker room.”

On Friday, Riverview shut out Big Rapids 4-0.

Taurence switched up his lines a bit to put some different chemistry on the ice and it worked.

Alex Testy and Brian Bachnak each netted two goals in the victory.

The Bucs went into the game, knowing they had a good chance to win and Taurence dressed everyone and everyone got a chance to play.

“We played much better with much more energy,” Taurence said. “(It was) a very physical game.”

The goals came in the first two periods and the Bucs spend the third period switching things up some more with different line combinations, mixing the third and fourth lines with one guy from the first and second lines.

“It worked out very well,” Taurence said.

Millisor got the shut out in net, in for Woolcott who is suffering from a groin injury.

The next day the Bucs dominated once again, and mercied Grand Rapids Christian 9-1.

Taurence put out a new starting lineup that he said geeked the team up.

Sophomore Jacob StAndre was in the starting lineup and scored his first goal of the season just 40 seconds into the game.

Kyle Beutner and Brian Bachnak had the assists.

Beutner played a good game according to Taurence.

Other goals came from Bachnak who continued his dominating season, netting four goals. He finished the night with four goals and two assists.

Jay Helstowski, Timmy Lyons, Joe Vitale and Garrett Watterworth each added one of their own.

Watterworth had the goal to end the game and Taurence said it was nice to see him put one on the board.

Taurence commented on the good play of Chris Hass, Tyler Road, Helstowski and Lyons.

Backnak and Lyons were both named tournament MVP and Millisor was named goalie MVP.

Taurence and his team will now prepare for a quick revenge over the Titans when they travel to Southgate tonight.

“The kids are gonna have a different attitude,” Taurence said. “I think maybe they took the game for granted (and) I think it will be a different type of game.”

Last Updated: 1/29/2013 1:34:54 PM EST