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HOCKEY: Bucs knock out Richard, extend win streak to four

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The Riverview hockey team pushed its winning streak to four games and advanced the to the pre-regional semifinals with a 6-2 victory over Gabriel Richard in Monday’s first-round pre-regional game.

The Pioneers kept the game close throughout the first two periods, but the Bucs came back to score three unanswered goals for the win, and advancement to the next round.

Both teams were scoreless through the first 11 minutes until Brian Bachnak got his first of the night with assists from Tyler Bozynski and goaltender Zach Wolcott.

Riverview took a two goal lead three minutes later with a goal from Brandon Mulligan.

Kyle Beutner and Chris Hass had the assists.

Richard came back to put the game within one, five minutes into the second but the Bucs quickly replied.

Gerald Helstowski had a nice goal from the side and put the puck through the top shelf to give Riverview another two goal lead.

Bachnak and Timmy Lyons had the assists.

But minutes later the teams were back within one when the Pioneers netted their second of the night.

Gered Yesue had both of the Richard goals with Devin Dickow assisting on both.

After that, it was all Riverview and the team scored three unanswered goals to secure their victory.

Bachnak netted his second of the night with help from Lyons to give them another two goal lead.

Alex Testy then scored his second goal in as many games with help from Bachnak and Lyons and sophomore James Lambert sealed the deal with his goal, a slapshot from the point.

Joe Vitalle and Mulligan had the assist.

Coach Al Taurence was pleased with his team’s win.

“All around our team played pretty well,” Taurence said. “I was pretty confident going into the game. It was a good win for Riverview (and) it’s nice to see.”

Taurence and his team were also pleased to see the return of Kyle Agius to the ice, coming back from illness.

“He got a little play time,” Taurence said. “When he played, he played really well. He’s a very high energy guy who’s very, very fast.

“It was a big deal when he couldn’t play. He got an opportunity to get a few shifts in and played well.”

The Bucs outshot their opponents and Taurence said Richard’s goaltender played really well.

“Their goaltender played really well,” he said. “We had three or four breakaways, hit the post three times and the crossbar once. The game really could have got out of hand.”

Overall, Taurence called the win an all around good day.

“The kids are really excited,” he said. “I was really happy for the kids (and) happy for the Riverview school district.”

The Bucs will look to push their win streak to five games Wednesday night when they take on Grosse Ile in the second round.

“We’re just gonna do the same thing we did,” Taurence said. “We’re gonna go out there and play the best we can. Work as hard as we can (and) know it’s the seniors last game if we don’t.

“There’s not too much to say in the locker room anymore. We know what we have to do. They know what’s on the line.”

Last Updated: 2/26/2013 12:08:06 PM EST