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It’s been the same story for Wyandotte Roosevelt all season.

“We’ve had trouble scoring all year,” said Assistant Coach Joe Quint. “That’s an issue we’ve been working on in practice.”

Unfortunately for the Bears, practice didn’t pan out in the game against Woodhaven on Saturday night, as Dominic Moore and Connor MacDonell both scored to defeat Roosevelt 2-1.

It was a slow start in the first period for both teams, as Woodhaven committed three icings in the first minute and a half. After that, things started to pick up. Woodhaven controlled much of the first period, despite being outshot 12-8 by Roosevelt. One big reason for that was senior goaltender Trevor Monaco.

“Trevor’s been consistent all season long,” said Woodhaven Coach Bryan Sullivan. “Trevor’s just been playing out of his mind the last couple of games. When you get that kind of goaltending, you’re going to be in a lot of games. That’s going to be the difference.”

Monaco made some spectacular saves late, but it was his goaltending early that helped provide some great scoring chances for the Warriors. Senior captain Dominic Moore capitalized on a great breakout, dancing around once defenseman before ripping a backhand past the blocker of Bears goaltender Frank Cerulla.

“Every time he (Moore) gets control of the puck, he can make good things happen,” said Sullivan. “He had a number of good chances. He uses his speed well; he drives hard to the net. He gives you a full 51 minutes when you go out there.”

Cerulla played just as spectacular as Monaco.

“Goaltending was good, he kept us in the game,” said Quint.

Despite being down 1-0 after the first period, the Bears were pouring on the pressure late, and drew a hooking penalty from junior forward Nick Youngheim. With just 23 seconds left, Roosevelt poured shots on Monaco, but they were denied.

The second period was a bit faster for both teams, and the Bears carried the momentum from the 23-second power play over to the next 17 minutes, but it wouldn’t take long to find the back of the net.

Just 18 seconds into the second period, senior defenseman Joshua Hinderliter took a slapshot from the point and ripped it top shelf, past Monaco’s glove to tie the game at one. Both Matthew Calhoun and Ryan Greene tacked on the assists.

After Hinderliter’s goal, the pace picked up, but neither team could find the back of the net, and headed into the third period tied at one. Shots were still even, as Wyandotte still had a slight edge, 21-19.

The Bears once again had some pressure to start the third period and seemed to carry a bit of the play, but it was Woodhaven that would pour on the pressure in the mid-to-late stages of the game.

A shot from the left corner by sophomore forward Danny Flahart headed straight for the pads of Cerulla, but somehow, the puck found a way through, and sat in the blue paint. With a wide open net, and no one around, fellow sophomore forward Connor MacDonell scrambled and poked the puck into the empty net with just 5:19 to go in the game to give the Warriors a 2-1 lead.

“Good things happen when you throw the puck at the net, and go to the net with your stick on the ice,” said Sullivan. “You wouldn’t have picked him (MacDonell) to score the goal, but he went to the net with his stick on the ice, (the) puck ends up there, no goalie, that’s kind of the best situation to be in possibly.”

Woodhaven fended off the Bears in the final minute and a half to seal the victory. The Bears ended up with 31 shots, while Woodhaven had 30.

Sullivan attributed the win to a great all-around performance from his team.

“I thought Billy Brock played his best game of his high school career. He was all over, he skated the whole game hard,” said Sullivan. “Joel Alexander’s a freshman. He made some plays in the defensive zone; that a month and a half ago, he would’ve never thought of even doing, and now he’s doing it.”

Up next for Roosevelt is a home game against Trenton, where the Bears hope they’ll be able to end their scoring woes.

As for the Warriors, they’ll head out to Ann Arbor on Wednesday to battle Pioneer, and host Dearborn Unified next Saturday.

Last Updated: 1/12/2014 12:42:31 PM EST