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HOCKEY: Dice 'simply' helps Allen Park pay back DC

Mike Dice is a simple player.

The senior comes to the rink every day and puts in his time, working hard day in and day out.

The hard work paid big dividends last week when Dice recorded an assist against Country Day and scored two goals in a big win over Divine Child.

The week ended with a big 5-3 win over Divine Child, avenging a 4-0 shutout loss to the Falcons early this season.

Allen Park was outshot throughout the contest, but Todd Maynard took care of things between the pipes.

Theres no doubt that Todd Maynard played great for us, Coach John Brithinee said. We kept a lot of their shots to the outside, but they did have a lot of rushes and he stopped them.

A strong first period ended with a 2-0 Allen Park advantage.

The scoring got started early for the Jaguars.

Dice picked off a pass in the neutral zone as the Falcons attempted a cross-ice pass.

He knocked it down and went in on the break away, Brithinee said. It was a nice play all around by Mike.

The score held through the next 12 and a half minutes before Nick Metropoulos added a late goal.

The Divine Child defense took the Jaguars wide but Metropoulos got the puck around the face off area and took a wrist shot, shooting the puck over DCs net minder for a 2-0 advantage after one.

The Falcons again won the shooting game in the second quarter and the scoring as well with a power play goal.

Brithinee said the second was a moral victory because even thought he team allowed a goal in the second, they still held a lead going into the final 17 minutes of play.

You go into the locker room and they know whats going on, Brithinee said. They know it wasnt the best period and they know they were outplayed.

I walked in and they were discussing the period and that it was unacceptable and that they had to bounce back with a better third period. That was nice to see that they recognized it.

The Jags came out strong and added two goals before DC got on board again.

Dice got the scoring started again after great work from Alec Case.

Case stole the puck from the corner and made two nice plays coming from the area, passed to Dice and Dice buried it.

The Jags had a 3-1 advantage and room to breathe, but added another for more cushion.

Dallas Shamie got the puck to Toph Mann and Mann banged it the low, hard shot.

At that point, were feeling good about ourselves, Brithinee said. Its 4-1, but we know were playing Divine Child.

The Falcons had had enough and scored their second power play goal and a minute later made it a one-goal game as time was ticking away.

The goalie was pulled and the Falcons got scoring chances to tie the game, but Maynard got the puck out and came up with big saves.

With 19 seconds to go, David Pischke added an empty netter to secure the win.

Brithinee said he was proud of his team for prevailing over a strong Divine Child.

The teams could meet again in the state playoffs; a game that Allen Park won in triple overtime last season, but Brithinee said hes not looking too hard at it yet.

Were not gonna put too much emphasis on that playoff game yet, Brithinee said. Its still weeks away and we have other games in front of us.

Earlier in the week the team skated to a 2-2 tie with Country Day after being down 2-1 in the second.

Pischke tied the game in the opening period with assists from Nick Fulton and Jason Obrycki-Smith.

Country Day took another lead in the second and Alec Keck tied it up with 10 to go in the final period with a shot from the point.

Shamie and Dice had the assists.

The Jags are in the Public School Showcase this weekend as they prepare for the final weeks of the season.

One of the things we talked about is getting better every time we touch the ice, Brithinee said. For us right now, were still trying to find our way a little bit.

Im really proud of the kids. The players did a nice job coming back from a loss to Southgate.

They look at Southgate as a crosstown rival and that game stung them.



Last Updated: 2/4/2014 2:10:04 PM EST

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