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HOCKEY: Titans defeat Bucs in overtime, push win streak to four (PHOTOS)
The Riverview hockey team took an early lead on Wednesday night but Chris Dusik stepped up to make some key saves in the final period to give the Titans their victory. Photo Credit: Larry Caruso
Mac Slowik helped the Anderson hockey team to their 4-3 OT victory by chipping in two goals, including the game tying goal with 40 seconds to go. Slowik is averaging two goals a game recently. Photo Credit: Larry Caruso
The Anderson hockey team celebrates after tying Riverview with 40 seconds to play in regulation, and winning the game less than 40 seconds into overtime. The win was the fourth consecutive victory for the Titans. Photo Credit: Larry Caruso
On Wednesday night, the Bucs traveled to Southgate looking for revenge and the teams found themselves in another overtime.
But the Titans, having been in the situation so recently, knew just what to do, and Kyle Seymour’s rebound goal just 38 seconds into overtime gave Anderson their 4-3 win.
After the Titans tied the game with 40 seconds left, Coach Pat Jesue reminded his team that they had been in the situation before and finished with a win.
“I said we’ve been here before,” Jesue said. “We said in the locker room between the second and third that we weren’t coming back in the locker room with a loss (and) I said let’s go get our fifth overtime win.
“Just to be able to come back from a little bit of adversity, to come back and win. To me, it speaks volumes.”
After tying the game in the opening period, Anderson trailed by one goal for almost 32 minutes before they found momentum again in the final five and a half minutes of the final period.
Riverview, looking for revenge, got off to an early start and scored in the opening minute of play when Timmy Lyons pulled Chris Dusik out of the net and shot one in. Alex Testy had the assist.
Ten minutes later, the Titans tied the game, the first of three ties the teams would see.
Seymour netted one off a rebound, assisted by Thomas Ballard and Nick Spagnol with just under seven to go.
The Bucs took their lead back when Gerald Helstowski took a two-on-three rush down the ice and shot one right between the goalie pads.
He was assisted by Joseph Vitale.
The second period passed with a handful of penalties against Southgate, but neither team saw scoring.
The third period opened with intensity, and both teams had scoring opportunities in the opening 40 seconds.
Both teams continued chipping away, but the Titans struck first to tie the game in four-on-four action after penalties were called on each team.
Mac Slowik got the rebound and popped it in, his first of two. Spagnol and Jonah Peryam had the assists.
With less than two minutes to go, the Bucs took the lead once more when Brian Bachnak shot from the circle and got past Titan defense. He was assisted by Lyons and Tyler Rode.
“We were trying some different line combos to try to get Brian actives,” Riverview Coach Al Taurence said. “We worked some different lines to spread scoring out (and) it worked in the third period.
“He had some good opportunities and good shots.”
But the Titans weren’t ready to give up just yet and with 40 seconds to go, Slowik got his second of the night off another rebound after some traffic was created in front of the net, to tie the game.
The Bucs had been working on rebound shots in practice but it didn’t carry over to the game.
“We led a few bad goals in with rebounds,” Taurence said. “We let in three rebounds today. We’ve been working that all week in practice (but) sometimes they listen, sometimes they don’t.”
Jesue was pleased with Slowik’s goals.
“He was doing his job,” Jesue said. “I always stress keep it simple. The tying goal tonight that he scored. It was textbook two on one with no pass.
“Shoot to the backdoor and the guy drives the net hard for a rebound. I don’t care how pretty it us. I just want points.”
The rebound worked again in the overtime period when Seymour netted his second of the night, assisted by Kelly O’Brien and James Birmingham.
Taurence was disappointed with the loss, but thought it was a good game.
“They’re a good team. They play well (and) match up well with us and they’ve got the better of us twice now,” Taurence said. “I thought we had two or three really good days of practice (and) I thought we were gonna take them by four or five goals.
“Their goaltender stood on his head. He made some great saves, and ours didn’t.”
Dusik stopped 25 or 28 shots and Jesue was pleased with the overall performance.
After letting in two early goals, Dusik turned things around on the penalty kill.
“There’s a kid playing with confidence,” Jesue said. “He’s a hot goaltender right now. I’m just happy we didn’t give up.”
Riverview will now head back to practices and work on the mental breakdown as they prepare for their Carlson Breastcancer game on Saturday.
“It’s the little things that cost us the games and that’s what it’s doing right now,” Taurence said.
The Bus will take on the Marauders who are coming off a 9-0 victory over Crestwood.
“We’re gonna try and get everybody on the ice,” Taurence said. “Everybody’s gonna get an opportunity to play (but) win, lose, or draw, who cares. We want the money to go where it’s supposed to go. We’re looking forward to it.”
Jesue and his Titans will look to push their four game win streak on Saturday night when they travel to Roosevelt is riding a rough streak and will be looking to get back on the winning end.
“I think it can go any way,” Jesue said. “We didn’t play them last year (so) it’s tough to judge. We gotta be on our A game.
“Truth be told, they’re a very quick team. If you got four lines, three lines, you can be a quick team all night. I just hope we can match their energy, keep them off the board (and) hopefully the depth from our lineup takes us late into the third and gives us a chance to win.”
Last Updated: 1/31/2013 12:44:41 AM EST