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HOCKEY: Richard crushes pair of SEHL Showcase foes (PHOTO)

Goaltender Matt Mandermach and the Gabriel Richard Pioneers won two SEHL Showcase games. The Pioneers have no won 10 times this season. Photo by Dave Chapman





In a pair of games at last weekend’s Southeastern Hockey League Showcase, Richard outscored its two opponents by a total of 12-0.

On Friday night the Pioneers (10-2-1) crushed Flat Rock-Airport 9-0 and the following afternoon took down Grand Rapids Northview 3-0. The showcase, which featured five total games, was played at the Southgate Civic Center.

Against the Jets (1-10), Richard’s Michael Hodgson and John Ames picked up right where they had left off the night before in the team’s 8-1 Catholic League win against Cabrini.

For the second consecutive game, Hodgson had three goals and three assists, while Ames followed up a four-goal, one-assist performance against the Monarchs with more two goals and two assists.

Devin Dickow and Brandon Damron each finished with a goal and two assists, while Jon Rhind had one goal and one assist and Joe Lavine netted one goal. Also recording points for the burgundy and white skaters were John Louria and Jack Skrzynski with two assists each and Tyler Rinney with one assist.

Richard outshot the Jets 31-7 in the contest and goaltender Christian Spangler picked up the victory.

The Jets were in action again last night in a game against Grosse Ile and on Friday night will travel to Carlson for a contest at Trenton’s Kennedy Recreation Center.

In the Pioneers’ 3-0 showcase win against Northview the next day, they were able to shut down the Wildcats’ offense and outshot the west-side squad 47-18.

"We played our best defensive game of the season; very few turnovers" said Richard Coach Rick DeSana.

The defensive intensity had carried over all the way from the Cabrini victory Thursday, he said.

"My biggest take away from the weekend is only allowing one goal in three games,” DeSana said. “Sometimes in lopsided games, teams will let down defensively and we did not."

The Saturday contest was scoreless through the first period and remained that way until about halfway through the second, as the locals faced some tough goaltending from the Wildcats.

To finally get the Pioneers on the board, Damron scored on the power play at the 7:39 mark of the second period and put Richard up 1-0 with a goal that was assisted by Ames and Hodgson.

About five minutes later Hodgson scored his 25th goal of the season and gave his squad a 2-0 advantage. Earning assists on Hodgson’s goal were Rhind and Alex Gasidlo.

At the 11:24 mark of the third period, Ames struck for his third goal of the showcase, and 11th of the season, and made it a 3-0 game, which would stand as the final. Assists on Ames’ goal went to both Damron and Eric Blevins.

Spangler was in goal for the Pioneers and earned the shutout once again.

Next up for Richard is a game tonight against Riverview at Trenton’s Kennedy Recreation Center and on Friday the Pioneers will head north for a battle with state-ranked Flint Powers.



Huron

Following last Friday’s game between Richard and Flat Rock at Southgate Civic Arena, Huron and Riverview took the ice next for the second SEHL Showcase game of the night.

The Chiefs (4-6) were able to jump out to an early lead, but Riverview mounted a comeback and skated off with a 5-3 victory.

Huron’s Andrew Miller scored just 40 seconds into the game to put his team up 1-0, with assists going to Jesse McGowan and Devin Collins.

With about two minutes left in the first period, Miller struck again, assisted by Collins and Tyler Graves, and made it a 2-0 game.

The Bucs cut the lead in half with a goal from Nick Clemente at the 7:21 mark of the second period.

Nick’s brother John, scored in the second on a power play goal to tie things up heading into the third period.

In the final period, the Chiefs’ Giovanni Buscemi put his squad up 3-2 with a goal scored about six minutes into the period, which was assisted by McGowan and Collins.

Soon after, Riverview hit back in a big way and scored three goals in less than three minutes, as Huron began struggling with penalties, as well with as turnovers in its own zone.

Dalton Sutherland tied things at three with a big assist from Austin Christie.

Christie had a nice play up the boards to keep the puck in the zone and got it over to Dalton who put it home.

The game winner and insurance goal came from Shane Nowak.

Nowak is a more physical player and Coach Al Taurence said he does a great job protecting his teammates, but also has a good shot.

“I told him you’ve got such a good shot (and) I need you to take your mind off being a physical player and put your mind on scoring goals,” Taurence said. “And it just happens that he scored our next two goals.”

The win was big for Riverview who was playing shorthanded.

The team was down a player from a hit from behind during a game earlier in the week and Spencer Kennedy went out during the second period with an injury.

Kennedy was one of Taurence’s players to carry a bulk of the load and play every other shift before the injury.

Chris Hass played every other shift in the win and Tyler Rode and Tyler Bozynski also played well on defense.

Zach Millisor got the win in net.

Tyler Keller was in goal for the Chiefs and stopped 30 of the 35 shots fired at him by the Pirates.

Taurence is pleased with both the play of his team and the support of the school.

“I’d never seen so many Riverview students in the crowd,” Taurence said. “I told them, I know you’re winning this game for youself, but win for your school too.

“Our kids are playing very well. They’re doing exactly what we want them to do. We’re asking them to do probably more than they’re usually asked to do.”

Huron will be in action again Saturday night and will travel to take on Grosse Ile at Trenton’s Kennedy Recreation Center.

Riverview takes on in-city rival Richard on Wednesday and will travel to Country Day on Saturday.





Samantha Elliott contributed

Last Updated: 1/14/2014 2:03:44 PM EST

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