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Andrew Storey (23) and the Roosevelt Bears knocked off Timothy Witz (19) and the Anderson Titans 4-1 Friday night. Photo by Larry Caruso
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HOCKEY: Roosevelt snaps losing streak with victory over Anderson (PHOTOS)
Roosevelt goaltender Trevor Porter allowed only one goal during Friday night's victory against Anderson. Photo by Larry Caruso
Coming into Friday night’s game, Roosevelt had hopes that its matchup at Anderson would bring an end to a particularly rough patch of the season.
With a 4-1 victory against the Downriver rival Titans (3-6-1), the Bears (7-11) did just that, as they snapped an ugly three-game losing streak, one in which the team was outscored by a combined total of 18-3.
“We needed a win, needless to say,” said Roosevelt Coach Mike Quint. “Southgate’s been competitive all year with the teams they’ve played. They’re one of the more well-coached teams around, we respect them.”
Five minutes into the contest, the Bears Joe Smellie found the back of the net, unassisted, and his squad was on the scoreboard first.
Around the 6:00 mark, Anderson evened things up after Brian Bernier ripped a shot from the point and teammate Brandon Robert tipped it by Bears’ goaltender Trevor Porter.
It was the one and only time Porter yielded a goal and for the night he stopped 28 of 29 shots.
On the other side of the ice, the Titans’ net minder Dominic Alderman came up big late in the first period and again early in the second.
At the 14:08 mark of the first, Smellie skated in and drilled a close shot, but the sophomore was quick with the glove hand and snagged the puck out of the air. Near the 5:30 mark of the second, he stopped a clean breakaway by Joe Nevalo.
Not to be discouraged, it was Nevalo who came back about eight minutes later and set up his team’s second goal of night.
With the Bears on the power play, Nevalo delivered a perfect pass to Mike Milanovich, who was in front of the Anderson goal and promptly buried it up high to give his team a one-goal advantage.
Only two minutes into the final period, Roosevelt’s Jake Coulter hit Matt Calhoun with a pass from behind the Titans’ net and Calhoun scored to make it a 3-1 game.
Anderson had a perfect chance to cut the deficit to one, with more than 10 minutes still remaining, but a pass attempt from Ryan Curry just missed the stick of a wide-open Robert, who was skating in close to the Bears’ net.
Titans Coach Pat Jesue said that overall his squad didn’t perform as well after the first 17 minutes, which is indicative of a problem the team has had for much of the year.
“I thought we played a pretty solid first period,” he said “It’s just been tough to find a level of consistency. I’m not mad about the effort. I think we could have had a different result, we’ve got to capitalize on opportunities.”
Roosevelt capped its scoring for the night with a goal from Nevalo, around the 8:00 mark, and then hung on for the 4-1 victory. Nevalo’s goal was assisted by Austin McFarland and Jacob Jennings.
Nevalo said Friday night’s victory should help propel the Bears to more success this season.
“I think it’s going to increase our intensity, we’re going to play a lot better,” he said. “With that win we all came together. I think we’re going to keep doing it.”
Up next for the Bears is next week’s MIHL Showcase. On Wednesday Roosevelt will face Grosse Pointe North, while on Thursday the squad will take on Livonia Churchill and on Saturday will battle with Saginaw Heritage.
Anderson is scheduled to skate again Saturday against Dearborn Unified at the DISC and is set to play Wednesday at home against Ann Arbor Pioneer.
Last Updated: 2/1/2014 2:19:59 AM EST