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The Carlson hockey team split games last week with a win over Dearborn Unified earlier in the week and a loss to Grosse Ile over the weekend.

On Feb. 13, the Marauders took on Dearborn Unified and defeated their opponent 8-4.

The Marauders jumped out of the gate and scored four quick goals to take an early lead.

“We surprised everybody,” Carlson Coach Dennis Gundick said. “We had a real good start that game. We were focused and we had a good first period.”

Ryan Holder got the Carlson offense started on a power play goal. He was helped out by Nick Milot and Pat Holder.

Not long after, Tommy Miles gave Carlson a two goal lead, assisted by Dylan Nixdorf.

CJ Yacoune then netted a full strength goal, followed by a power play goal. Ryan and Pat Holder had the assists.

DU responded with a goal of their own to put themselves on the board, but with a minute to go Austin Bliznik pushed the Carlson lead back to four with a power play goal.

He was assisted by Anthony Martucci and Rick Orourk.

Gundick wanted to make sure his team stayed focused with their big lead to secure their win.

“We just told them to stay focused because Dearborn was a good team, and we had a history of giving up big leads quickly by making mistakes and turnovers,” he said.

The Marauders stayed focused and 1:48 into the second period, Yacoune recorded his hat trick with help from the Holder brothers.

DU came back with a power play goal, but the Marauders responded with a two more of their own to extend their lead.

Yacoune added his fourth of the night with help again from the Holder brothers, and Ryan Holder capped off the Marauder scoring with assists from Yacoune and Nick Milot.

Gundick was pleased with the performance from Yacoune.

“He took charge of the game,” Gundick said. “Probably the best game he’s played all year for us. He just went out there and everything he was doing, it was right.”

The Marauders were shut down in the third period when DU added two more goals, but hung on for the win.

Two night later, the Marauders lost a tough 5-3 game to Grosse Ile.

“Coming off such a big win with Dearborn Unified, we thought it would carry over,” Gundick said. “(But) for some reason it didn’t. We’ve never beaten them since I’ve coached.”

The Red Devils scored two quick goals to take an early 2-0 lead.

Gundick said his team seemed flat, but told them they were just one show away from making it a game and to keep on plugging away.

Grosse Ile added another two in the middle period before the Marauders were able to get on board.

Late in the second period, Orourk put one behind the Grosse Ile goaltender and got Carlson on board.

The Red Devils added their fifth goal in the third period and Carlson saw goals from Tyler McIntosh (Yacoune), and Pat Holder (unassisted) but were unable to complete the comeback.

The Grosse Ile goals came from Jesse Jurecki (two goals), Jake Kettlehut (two goals) and Luke Moma. Phil Moran assisted on all five goals.

“We couldn’t get it,” Gundick said. “It took us two periods. If we would have played the first two like we played the third, it would have been a much closer game.

“They outskated us, outplayed us, outworked us. They were faster than us. They stuck to their game plan and it proved.”

Grosse Ile Coach Joe Maci was pleased with his team’s win.

“This was a very good team effort that put working hard first,” Maci said.

Freshman Thomas Rofe recorded his first win in his high school career between the pipes.

This week the Red Devils take on Riverview and Woodhaven before taking a bye in the first round of playoffs.

Carlson faces Roosevelt and Monroe before taking a bye in the first round as well.

“Wyandotee’s one of the better teams around,” Gundick said. “We’re just hoping to go in and be competitive and try not to get mercied.

“If we go out there and play like we know we can play, it should be a good game. At this point, we just want to get ready for the regionals.”

Last Updated: 2/19/2013 12:52:10 PM EST