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Adam Petit and the Woodhaven Warriors got in the way of Roosevelt plans for a long MHSAA playoff run this season. The Warriors beat the Bears for the second time this season, this time 2-0 in the first round of the playoffs. Woodhaven is 17-7-2 and Wyandotte finished the year at 8-17-1.
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PRE-REGIONAL HOCKEY: Woodhaven advances with shutout win over Roosevelt(PHOTO)
It was just a first-round high school playoff hockey game, but it had the feel of a title game.
Woodhaven scored a goal early in the second period and added an empty netter in the final seconds to beat Roosevelt 2-0 in a thrill-fest at the Ice Box Monday night.
Only two goals were scored in the game, but the contest did not lack excitement as the two teams went up and down the ice, trading scoring chances.
The Bears got away 28 shots at Woodhaven’s Trevor Monaco and the little goalie got them all.
That didn’t mean there weren’t some hairy moments. Wyandotte twice got the puck into the net behind Monaco but both would-be goals were waved off because he had already covered the puck.
At the other end of the ice, Wyandotte’s Justin Armatis deserved better as he stopped 22 of 23 Woodhaven shots.
After a scoreless first period, the eventual game-winning goal came moments into the second period when Woodhaven’s Dominic Moore got behind the Roosevelt defense to Armatis’ right and beat him with a quick shot.
That was it for scoring until just 37 second remained when Moore fired one into an empty Wyandotte goal for a little late-game insurance.
But in between the two goals, lots happened.
Moore rang one off the junction of the crossbar and goal post and his teammate, Jake Hernandez, clanged the post, too.
Wyandotte started the third period with 1:20 of a power play left on clean ice, but could not get anything started.
Three minutes into the final stanza, Griffin Maiani took a perfect 2-on-1 pass and broke in on Monaco, but he fired his shot wide.
The Bears had times of domination in the game, particularly in the early stages of the first period and the middle of the third, but Monaco’s steady hand and a Warrior defense that would not rattle kept the Bears off the scoreboard.
The win was Woodhaven second of the year against the Bears and their 17th overall. Woodhaven is 17-7-2. Wyandotte finished 8-17-1.
With the win, Woodhaven earned the right to face Trenton, which beat Anderson 5-0 Monday night, in the pre-regional final on Thursday night.
The winner of that game will face the winner of the pre-regional at Livonia Eddie Edgar Arena for the regional championship Saturday at 7:30 in Trenton.
Last Updated: 2/26/2013 11:19:09 PM EST