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HOCKEY: Titans overcome two goal deficit to tie with Warriors (PHOTO)

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The Anderson hockey team continued its strong season last week with a win over Ann Arbor Huron and a tie with Woodhaven.

On Feb. 13, the Titans traveled to Ann Arbor to take on the River Rats and left with a 5-1 victory.

Ben Cullin led the way for the Titans recording a hat trick in the contest.

Cullin got the Anderson scoring started just 1:15 into the opening period, with assists from Andrew Witz and Jonah Paryam.

Three minutes later, the Titans took a two goal lead when Kelly O’Brien found the back of the net. Peryam and Tim Witz had the assists.

Almost a full period passed before the teams saw any more scoring, and it was Ann Arbor who got on the board at the 5:15 mark.

But the Titans did not want a close game, and two and a half minutes later, Cullin netted his second of the night. Matt Cooper had the assist.

The Anderson defense did not allow another goal from the River Rats and the offense added two more in the final period to secure their win.

Peryam got his third assist of the night on Nick Spagnol’s goal, and a minute later Cullin recorded his hat trick.

James Birmingham and Casey Wieleba had the assists.

Anderson Coach Pat Jesue was pleased with the work from Cullin.

“There’s a kid who’s turned his season around,” Jesue said. “He started off pretty good (and) snapped back to it.

“He’s pretty intense (and) he’s a coach’s player. I’m glad that he had a pretty successful night against Ann Arbor.”

The Titans put 46 shots on the Huron goalie Bob Coulter, while Trevor Presnell only faced 14 shots from the River Rats.

After trailing 2-0 with just six minutes to go over the weekend, the Titans stepped it up for an overtime tie against Woodhaven.

The Warriors took an early lead just over two minutes into the game and added another with two minutes to go in the opening period.

Jesue took a timeout with six minutes to play in the game, hoping to give his team a boost.

“(I told them) you’re better than what you’re playing,” Jesue said. “Relax and just settle in.

“They scored within 30 seconds of the timeout (and) now we’re playing and we’re feeling good and we’re rolling our lines.”

Mac Slowik continued his strong season and got the Anderson offense started with an assist by Casey Wieleba.

With just 1:33 to go, James Birmingham went in on a breakaway and stole the puck to net a beautiful goal and force overtime.

The Titans are all too familiar with overtime games and while they held off the Warriors, they were not able to capitalize and settled for the tie.

Chris Dusik had the win in net, stopping 28 of 30 shots faced.

The Titans travel to Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central tonight and host Notre Dame Prep on Saturday for their final two games of the season, before facing a strong Trenton team in the playoffs.

“We’ve got a pretty good opportunity to finish the season with a pretty good record,” Jesue said. “Finish on a high note and take all the positives and take that to Trenton.”

Jesue says he tells his team that it is a good thing because all teams make the playoffs regardless of records, but stresses the reminder that it is a one-and-done system.

“We know what they’re capable of,” Jesue said. “If you get a lead, you’ve gotta work three, four times harder to maintain that lead.

“The biggest thing we’ll focus on is us being a lot more responsible. If we don’t fine tune our details, we’re gonna be disappointed.”

Jesue and his Titans plan on making the game as simple as possible while making minimal mistakes.

“(And) obviously we’ve gotta have spectacular goaltending,” Jesue said. “We’ve been playing pretty consistent. We just want to be better every day.

“This is gonna be a really exciting week. We want to go out there and give Trenton every bit of our best game.”

Last Updated: 2/19/2013 1:07:48 PM EST