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HOCKEY: Richard and Flat Rock win; Cabrini and Huron struggle

Richard did all of its scoring in the second period last Wednesday night and skated to a 3-1 victory at Grosse Ile.

The Pioneers (5-1-1) and Red Devils (3-6), who are SEHL White Division foes, were unable to score early in the contest and it stood as a 0-0 tie after 17 minutes of play.

Just two minutes into the second period, however, Richard’s Eric Blevins found the back of the Grosse Ile net with an unassisted goal and put the Pioneers up 1-0.

Overall, Richard outshot Grosse Ile 20-6 in the second period

Six minutes after Blevins’ goal, Richard’s Michael Hodgson lit the lamp and gave his team a 2-0 advantage with what was his 15th goal of the year. Devin Dickow was credited with the lone assist on the goal.

With about five minutes left in the period, the Pioneers Brendan Damron scored and extended the lead to three goals, with assists on his goal going to both Hodgson and Dickow.

In the final period, Grosse Ile outshot Richard 12-4, but managed just one goal.

With about four minutes left in the game, The Red Devils avoided a shutout when Bob Bialobrezski got one by Pioneers goaltender Matt Mandernach and made it a 3-1 game. Avery Swain was credited with the only assist on the goal.

For the night, Mandernach stopped 25 of the 26 shots that were fired at him.

Grosse Ile will be off for the break and won’t hit the ice again Jan. 7, when the Red Devils will take on league opponent Huron.

Next up for the Pioneers is the 34th annual News-Herald Gabriel Richard Christmas Tournament, which will be held Friday and Saturday at the Southgate Civic Center. Richard will take on in-city rival Riverview at 7:30 p.m., with Allen Park and Roosevelt squaring off beforehand, at 5:30 p.m. The next day a consolation game will be played at 5 p.m. and the championship game is scheduled for 7 p.m.



Flat Rock-Airport

With a split of two games last week, Flat Rock-Airport picked up its first victory of the 2013-14 season.

The Jets (1-8) were dropped 7-1 last Tuesday at home by Ann Arbor Skyline, but traveled to Monroe United three nights later and came away with a 7-3 victory.

In the winning effort, Ryan Eyler led the way for the Jets with a hat trick. The locals also got a pair of goals from Alex Jennings and one each from Jared Gersky and Sam Farrah.

“It felt great to finally get that win after the kids have continued to work so hard all season,” said Jets Coach Jeff Taylor.

In the loss to Skyline three nights earlier, the lone goal was scored by Mickey Paszek.

After the break, the Jets have a shot at a rematch with the Eagles, as their first game of 2014 will be Jan. 4 at Skyline.



Cabrini

The early-season struggles continued for Cabrini as the team was beaten in two Catholic League contests last week.

Last Wednesday the Monarchs (1-9) lost 7-3 at Ann Arbor Richard and three nights later were knocked off 5-1 at Bishop Foley.

After two periods against the Fighting Irish, Cabrini trailed 4-2, but in the final 17 minutes the hosts struck three more times and the Monarchs only managed one more goal.

Cabrini’s goals in the contest belonged to Corey Dooley, Anthony Killam and Sheldon Varhol. Killam and Joe Hay assisted on Dooley’s goal, and Brendan Alvis earned an assist on both Killam and Varhol’s goals.

In the contest at Foley, the hosts jumped out to a 3-0 lead and the locals were never able to recover. The lone goal for Cabrini was scored by Hay, with assists going to Alvis and Dooley.

The Monarchs were without several players for both of their games last week, as injuries and other factors depleted the squad.

Cabrini Coach Bill Alvis is optimistic the Monarchs can turn things around when the season picks up again after the break.

“We get a couple of guys back after the holiday and we’ll be ready to start the new year differently, hopefully,” Alvis said.

After the break, Cabrini will skate again Jan. 4 and take on Carlson at home.



Huron

Huron faced Carlson twice in seven days and the Chiefs (4-5) were dropped both times by the Marauders.

On Dec. 13 Huron fell 8-5 and the following Friday the Chiefs were defeated 7-2.

In the first contest, Huron got two goals from Devin Collins, and one each from Jesse McGowan, Andrew Miller and Aaron Pyzik. Earning one assist each were: McGowan, Christian Nill, Zack Pawleszeski and Giovanni Buscemi.



Last Updated: 12/30/2013 10:11:08 PM EST

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