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HOCKEY: Riverview, Grosse Ile travel to Gaylord showcase

For the second year, the Riverview hockey team traveled to the Gaylord showcase over the weekend and split games.

The weekend started with a 4-1 win over Big Rapids in what Coach Al Taurence called his team’s best game so far this season.

“This was one of those games that we didn’t know what to expect because we were playing teams we’ve never seen before,” Taurence said.

Nick Clemente and James Lambert each finished with a goal and an assist, Jacob S. Andre had one goal and Josh Bostic played well, chipping in a goal of his own.

Zach Millisor played well in net for the Bucs in the win.

The second game was a 5-1 loss, but still a good game for Taurence and his Bucs.

“The game was much closer than what the score showed,” he said. “We were playing with a short bench and it was a game where the score wasn’t indicative of how we played.

“We kind of juts rolled what we had, but we did pretty well.”

The lone Riverview goal came from St. Andre with an assist from Clemente.

Taurence said overall, the showcase was a success and gave his team bonding time as they head into the rest of the season.

The Bucs went into the showcase riding on a winning streak after knocking off Monroe Unified 7-0 in a game where seven different players scored.

Taurence was especially pleased with the work of several players, including Garrett Watterworth who finished with a goal and two assists and who Taurnce said is improving his play with each game.

Sophomore John Clemente finished with a goal and two assists and fellow classmate Spencer Kennedy also knocked in a goal and assist.

Millisor had another great game in net, stopping 18 shots in the shutout.

“He’s really starting to turn things around,” Taurence said. “It was a good game for us before we went to Gaylord to get some of our young kids in there and get some playing time.”

Taurence said he has been especially pleased with the performance of his young guys on the team as well as the leadership the seniors are providing.

The Bucs take on Carlson tonight in a game that Taurence says is always a good indication of how the team is doing.

“We just wanna keep playing a little bit better than we did the previous game,” he said. “I think most of our guys are gonna be all healed up.

“We had a really good practice yesterday, so I think we’re looking forward to this game. We’ll see where the kids have developed and where they haven’t.”

Grosse Ile was also at the Gaylord showcase and dropped both games to state ranked teams.

The weekend started with a 5-0 loss to Cheboygan, but Coach Jason Durbin said his team played well.

“We just didn’t capitalize,” he said. “We hit the post, shot it wide, and whatever the case may be.

“(But) the boys played well.”

The weekend ended with a 9-1 loss to a strong Flint Powers team.

Hunter McGough had the lone goal in the second period.

Flint was ranked sixth in Division 3 and scored five power play goals against the Red Devils.

Durbin said despite the losses, both Thomas Rofe and Jordan Gilbert played well between the pipes.

“I was more disappointed in the lack of effort in the forwards and defense,” he said. “But then again, we did play a good game Friday night, just nobody scored.”

Like Taurence, Durbin was happy with the chance to make the trip.

“It’s always a good experience to get the kids up there,” he said. “We had a chance to do some team bonding while we were there.”

The Red Devils play tonight against Richard in their final game before break.

Last Updated: 12/17/2013 2:29:14 PM EST

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