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HOCKEY: Big first period propels DC over Allen Park (PHOTO)

Chris Mann and the Allen Park Jaguars fell 4-0 to Divine Child in what was a rematch of a postseason game won in triple overtime last year by Allen Park. Photo by Dave Chapman

Earlier this year, the Allen Park hockey team ended Divine Childs season in a game that went to triple overtime.

The two teams met on the ice once again on Wednesday night, but this time it was all Divine Child as the Falcons skated their way to a 4-0 win.

The Jags got better with each period, but a dominating first period from DC ensured the win.

Both teams battled hard from the first puck drop and each had a few scoring opportunities, but it was Divine Child that capitalized.

With just over five minutes gone by in the opening period, Divine Child went on the power play and senior captain Kyle Makowski took a pass and banged in the one-timer to put the Falcons on the board.

Trevor Goslin and Anthony Scala had the assists.

Seven minutes later he added his second of the night, over the blocker of Todd Maynard for a 2-0 lead. Assists went to Eric Mitra and Gianpaolo Berlasi.

A minute and a half later, Scala added a goal to his assist with the second power play goal of the night, a shot through the five-hole with help from Bayley Brothers and Ryan Barrett.

“I think that was the game,” Divine Child Coach Brandon Kaleniecki said about the first period. “In all honestly, I thought we played okay in the second and third, but I thought the first period was fantastic and that’s why we won the game.”

Allen Park Coach John Brithinee said it was a tough first period and said his team could not match Makowski and the rest of the Falcons early on.

“Early in the game we had nothing,” he said. “We tried different line combos, we tried everything we could; we were just getting outplayed.

“We were getting beat to every loose puck (and) all those things translate to 3-0 in the first.”

Allen Park turned things around and allowed just one goal in the next two periods.

Divine Child’s Colin Juszczyk sniped one top shelf to cap the night’s scoring and the third period passed without any scoring.

Brithinee thought it was a much better second and third period.

“I thought we came back in the second period and played a pretty spirited period,” he said. “We challenged the kids to come out and forget about that and said let’s move on.”

Kaleniecki said it was a tougher second and third period, but his team was comfortable with the lead.

“They made some adjustments and changed some things and that kind of slowed us down a little bit in the second and third, but we had the 3-0 so we didn’t need to press,” he said. “We just needed to be playing solid and after the second when we didn’t have a real good period, we still got a goal and held them off the scoreboard.”

Junior goalie Dominic Stankiewitz got the shutout in net and Brhtinee knew he was a tough one to beat.

“Dominic is a good goalie and the more confident he gets through the game, he’s not a big guy, but the bigger he gets because he’s a good, good goalie,” he said. “We gave him a lot of confidence. We just didn’t have an answer for them today. They outplayed us and they beat us.”

Kaleniecki echoed Brithinee.

“He’ll battle,” he said about his goalie. “He battles for every puck.

“He’ll battle for every puck (and) until that puck’s in the back of the net, he’s gonna try and stop it, which is a good thing to have in a goalie.”

Brithinee said his boys knew it would be a tough game and thought the two power play goals were hard to overcome.

“I don’t want to say we weren’t ready to play, I just don’t think we were ready for their outburst,” he said. “All those undisciplined things and we were trying to play against one of the most disciplined teams out there that’s also very talented.

“But there’s lessons to be learned about that. We’ve gotta be able to come back in the first period and play the way we did in the second and third. It was a one-goal game in those periods.”

Neither coach came into the match up with last year’s playoff game in mind.

“I tried not to bring it up,” Brithinee said. “The only thing I did tell them is they have a target on their backs.

“That was a triple overtime game last year in their rink and there were some pretty upset kids and I’m sure they had a score to settle.”

Kaleniecki said it was about looking to the future rather than last season.

“We know they beat us last year in the playoffs so I’m sure it’s out there, but that’s not how we approached the game,” he said. “We just knew they were gonna be a good team and they are.

“You can’t be looking back, worrying about last year because last year’s gone. We’ve just gotta keep looking forward and that’s the biggest key.”

The Falcons will look to extend their win streak on Saturday when they take on Saline. Allen Park will host Dearborn Unified before playing in the annual News-Herald tournament over the holiday break.

Last Updated: 12/20/2013 3:32:38 PM EST

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