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HOCKEY: Jags blank DHS

By Samantha Elliott

The News-Herald

The Allen Park hockey team followed up a recent shutout loss to Dearborn Divine Child with a shutout of its own, beating Dearborn Unified 5-0 Saturday.

The Jags certainly do not have to rely on any one power forward to get the scoring done. In Saturday’s game the team saw five different players score the five goals.

“A scoring spread across the score sheet is awesome for a coach,” Allen Park Coach John Brithinee said. “We would like to not have to depend on all the big guns all the time and scoring all the way across the score sheet kind of helps out.”

Brithinee said his team was aware of the situation last year but did not want to dwell on it too much.

“We made sure we addressed some of the things that went on,” Brithinee said. “We talked about getting ourselves ready to go and having a better first period (than against DC).”

The Jags did exactly that, controlling big portions of the period and taking a 2-0 lead after 17 minutes.

Nick Kelly and Nick Metropoulos got the scoring starting, each scoring a goal and assisting on the other’s.

The first was a short handed goal and Brithinee said the puck movement between the two was unbelievable.

The two made four passes between themselves from the top of the circle to the net and Kelly buried it.

The two switched roles on the next goal and Metropoulos got the shot.

Kelly missed part of the pre season due to an injury and Brithinee said the senior has responded well this season.

“He’s another big body who’s got some talent that can score,

“He’s staring to come into his own and getting in better shape (and) that just adds another weapon to our arsenal.”

Kyle Sikes extended the Jaguar lead in the second period with a slap shot to the top corner from the point.

“I don’t think the goalie could see the puck and Kyle just picked the corner clean,” Brithinee said. “It was an awesome shot.”

Nick Fulton added a goal of his own, doing what he does best.

The senior won a puck right off the draw and put it straight into the back of the net.

“Fulton is gonna take most of our draws, especially defensive zone draws,” Brithinee said. “Nick just has an innate ability to win faceoffs and that one was pretty exciting.

“Dearborn never even touched the puck. Nick just won that puck square into the corner of the net. It was awesome.”

The scoring was capped in the third period with another highlight reel goal from David Pischke.

It was another shorthanded goal that came after work from Mike Dice.

Pischke crossed the blue line and Dice went hard to the net, creating a disturbance where both DU defensemen went to cover him.

Pischke went to the top of the circle and ripped the shot that hit the cross bar and it barred down for the goal.

“It was one of those highlight film goals where you see a kid go bar down,” Brithinee said. “It was a great shot (and) a very nice play all the way around.”

Allen Park finished the game with three shorthanded goals.

“We killed penalties better than we’ve done since I’ve been coaching here,” Brithinee said. “The assistant coaches have been spending a lot of time on special teams work and it’s starting to pay some dividends.

“Our penalty kill was amazing. I didn’t think it was our most disciplined game, but when you leave a game with three short handed goals, that’s a good thing to have for a coach.”

The win was also goalie Sean Stephens second win of the season.

“He did a really nice job for us because Sean made a couple big saves in the first and second to keep them off the scoreboard.

“They would finally get an opportunity and Sean would shut the door on them. It was very good to see.”

Last Updated: 12/23/2013 12:23:10 PM EST

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