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After two periods of play last Thursday night, host Richard and Grosse Ile were tied 1-1, but then one of the area’s most prolific goal scorers went to work.

Already with one goal on the night, the Pioneers’ Michael Hodgson scored three more in the third period to propel his squad past the Red Devils by a score of 4-1.

Both teams skated to a scoreless first period, but in the second Hodgson lit the lamp with an unassisted goal about seven minutes in.

On a power play, with about a minute left in the second, Grosse Il tied it when a shot by Mitchell Daly was redirected into the Richard net by Dean Ziberi.

Hodgson’s third-period scoring barrage began about four minutes in, as he made it a 2-1 game with a shot by Devils’ goaltender Jordan Gilbert, which was assisted by Jack Skrzynski and goaltender Matt Mandernach.

His next goal came three minutes later and then to cap off the night’s scoring he netted one more with about five minutes left in the contest. Devin Dickow picked up assists on both goals, while Brandon Damron assisted on the first and Tyler Riney assisted on the second.

In the net, Mandernach stopped 25 of the 26 shots he faced, while Gibert turned away 31 of the 35 he saw.

On Sunday afternoon, Richard wasn’t as fortunate as it fell 4-1 at Royal Oak Shrine in a Catholic League matchup.

The Knights scored three first-period goals and added one in the third, while the only Pioneers managed only one, which came in the third.

Damron scored Richard’s lone goal and was assisted by John Ames and Eric Blevins.

This week, the Pioneers were set to take on three CHSL foes.

Monday was a battle with Ann Arbor Richard, while Bishop Foley will come to visit Thursday and on Saturday Richard will travel to Allen Park for a rematch with Cabrini.

As for Grosse Ile, the Red Devils, they forgot about the defeat against Richard and bounced back two nights later with a 4-3 win over Crestwood.

It was a high-shooting first period (16-11, Grosse Ile) but a tied game at a goal apiece when it was over.

Grosse Ile took the first lead with a power play goal from Chad Miller, assisted by Steven Plyler and Hunger McGough.

Crestwood tied it up three minutes later and the score held through the first buzzer.

Shots weren’t quite as high in the second (9-6, Grosse Ile) but the Red Devils found the back of the net three times and capped off the night’s scoring.

Jake Ketelhut scored a shorthanded goal when he picked up a rebound alone in front of the goal and put it in, top shelf and Miller had the assist.

Marino Moccia extended the lead with an even strength goal, assisted by Ziberi and later in the period Bob Bialobrzeski finished the night’s scoring with help from Aidan McLaughlin and Moccia.

It was a 4-1 game heading into the final period and Crestwood scored three minutes in and six minutes in, but couldn’t complete a comeback.

Gilbert made 26 saves on 29 shots, while Crestwood’s net minder stopped 30 of 34 shots.

Durbin said his team was in control the first two periods and then took three penalties in the third, but said he was not necessarily worried about the close score.

“This late in the season, I wanted to see how our kids would respond by only being up by one goal,” he said. “I’d like to see them have a little bit of adversity and see how they handle it.”

It was the third time Grosse Ile had knocked off the Chargers this season and now head into a two-game week.

They had Monroe Jefferson last night and will travel to Dearborn to take on Dearborn Unified Saturday.

“We’re on the road,” Durbin said about the week. “For us, I just want us to keep the attitude of working hard and I think for the most part, our guys did work hard (last week).

“We’ve got a tough schedule down the stretch. It’s getting to that point where it’s getting interesting.”



Huron beats Flat Rock-Airport

Last week, Huron played against a foe from each of its two leagues and came away with a win and a loss.

To start the week, the Chiefs were knocked off 2-0 Wednesday in a Huron League game against visiting Monroe SMCC.

The Falcons managed a goal in each of the first two periods and the squad’s goaltender, Joe Qualey, stopped all 35 of Huron’s shots.

Three nights later, the Chiefs took down Flat-Rock Airport 5-2, on the road, in what was a battle of two SEHL squads.

Huron’s Jesse McGowan opened the scoring at the 9:37 mark of the first period and put the Chiefs up 1-0, with an assist going to Andrew Miller.

Just one minute later, Huron’s Christian Nill made it a two-goal game after he took advantage of a nice pass from teammate Giovanni Buscemi.

The Chiefs’ lead held up until late in the second period when the Jets’ Austin Litner scored to and cut it in half at 2-1.

To go back up by two, Buscemi scored for Huron and was assisted by Devin Collins.

With about five minutes left in the game, the Jets cut the lead to 3-2 with a goal from Ryan Eyler, but the Chiefs hit back twice in a minute and a half.

McGowan netted his second of the night, assisted by Justin and Devin Collins and then Jamison Cobb made it 5-2, getting an assist from Justin Collins.

In goal, the Chiefs’ Tyler Keller stopped 30 of the 32 shots he faced.

Huron is home this week for back-to-back games, as the Chiefs play tonight at the Ice Box against Crestwood Unified and tomorrow against Grosse Ile.

Four nights earlier, the Jets had suffered a 6-3 loss against Bishop Foley in a non-league tilt.

Goals for the locals were scored by Austin Jacobs, Sam Farrah and Seth Farrah.



Samantha Elliott and Sean McCabe contributed to this report



Last Updated: 2/4/2014 2:21:45 PM EST

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