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HOCKEY: Grosse Ile riding a four-game win streak

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The Grosse Ile hockey team has started 2014 with a bang and is riding on a four-game winning streak heading into Wednesday's contest.

Alec Pflum had a highly successful week, finishing with four goals and an assist in three games to help keep his team undefeated in 2014.

The Red Devils capped the busy week with a 4-3 victory over New Boston Huron on Saturday night.

It was a back and forth affair and a battle on the ice all night before Grosse Ile came out on top.

Pflum ended his week with the first goal of the game with assists from Dean Ziberi and Steven Plyler before Huron tied things up on Jesse McGowan’s first goal of the night, assisted by Andrew Miller and Josh McGowan.

McGowan would go on to account for all of Huron’s goals with his hat trick.

Grosse Ile regained the lead with less than a minute left in the opening period when Zach Kubiak redirected a shot from Brandon Lippert. Lippert took a shot from the point and Kubiak tipped it in for a 2-1 lead after one.

With 9:42 left in the middle period, McGowan again tied the game, assisted by Devin Collins and Miller.

With less than a minute to go, he gave the Chiefs their only lead of the night with a shot that completed the hat trick.

Christian Nill and Miller had the assists.

Grosse Ile responded strong in the third for the win.

Early in the final 17 minutes, Avery Swain tied things up at three with help from Chad Miller and Kubiak.

With just four minutes to go and overtime looming, Hunter McGough smacked in the game winner.

The senior took the puck coast to coast on a breakaway, heading down the right side of the ice and took the wrist shot from just outside the top of the circle.

“That kid shoots so hard, the goalie didn’t move,” Grosse Ile Coach Jason Durbin said. “That’s what his attribute is.”

It was a good win for Grosse Ile who was playing in front of a large crowd on its parent’s nighit.

“I think overall it was a good game for both teams,” Durbin said. “It’s not like one team held major advantage over the other.

“The good thing about our team was that they’re continuing to grow and learn and they’re working extremely hard right now and they’re being rewarded for it. As a coach, I can’t ask for much more.”

The week started with a 5-3 win over Flat Rock-Airport.

It was what Durbin called a unique game after the game-winner came on a penalty shot given to the Devils late in the second period.

Grosse Ile had a 1-0 lead after the first 17 minutes and added three in the second and an empty netter in the final period as they skated away with the win.

The Jets notched two in the second and one in the third.

Flat Rock goals came from Ryan Eyler, Garrett Gillis and Alex Jennings.

Jake Ketelhut finished the night with two goals and two assists, including the game-winning penalty shot.

Hunter McGough and Stephen Plyler each had goals of their own and Dean Ziberi capped the scoring with the empty netter.

Alexander Pflum also recorded two assists in the win.

“I think we played fairly well,” Durbin said. “I think we dominated the play most of the game.”

Grosse Ile out shot its opponent 30-19 and had some good defensive efforts in the win.

“Jordan Gilbert got the start for us and overall (he) came up with the saves that we needed.

“They had 40 seconds of a five-on-three early in the game and we killed that off.”

Durbin said he thought his team could improve on their passing but was happy with the overall play.

“What I thought was positive out of this was that they worked hard until the end. They played a full 51 minutes of hockey,” he said.

A week ago, Grosse Ile topped St. Mary Catholic Central 4-3.

It was another back and forth game that saw two tied scores before the Red Devils outscored their opponent 2-1 down the stretch for the win.

Grosse Ile was up 4-2 heading into the final period.

Pflum dominated the ice, recording a hat trick en route to the victory.

He finished with a short-handed goal and two even strength goals.

Sophomore Bob Bialobrzeski got the night’s scoring started with a power play goal and a Grosse Ile lead.

The Falcons made it a one-goal game in the first half of the third period, but could not complete the comeback.

The last eight minutes were spent in the Grosse Ile zone and Durbin said while his team tightened up and seemed to get nervous, they used some good defense to ensure the win.

Jack Gatti and Miller both had body blocks on shots to stop the opponent from scoring in the third.

Jacob Ketelhut had a strong game as well as Pflum, Plyler, Bialobrzeski, Miller, Lippert and Ziberi.

Jordan Gilbert also had a strong game in net.

“The guys you’re relying on stepped up and played well,” Durbin said.

Durbin said while he didn’t like the fact so much time was spent in his team’s zone at the end of the game, he was pleased with the overall effort.

“I think the guys need to play with a little bit more confidence,” he said. “And that’s one of our stepping stones.

“As they get a little more comfortable with winning, the confidence will come.”

Tonight the Red Devils will take on Riverview for the second time this year. Earlier in the season the Bucs were on the winning wide of the matchup.

“I hope that’s adding a little fuel to the fire for our team,” Durbin said. “You only get to play each team so many times; this is our last chance to even the score, so to speak.”

Last Updated: 1/21/2014 3:28:45 PM EST