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Mac Slowick and the Anderson Titans outshot Ann Arbor Pioneer by a wide margin, but lost the Michigan Metro Hockey League game 3-0. Photo by Larry Caruso

It was another tough week for the Grosse Ile hockey team, which finished with one win in three games.

On Saturday, it was a good contest with Dearborn Unified at the Dearborn Ice Skating Rink, but an unlucky bounce in overtime gave DU the win.

In the first 17 minutes, DU dominated visiting Grosse Ile, outshooting the Red Devils 15-7, but some penalties and a few lucky bounces late in the first period saw them go down 2-0 heading into the first intermission.

Dearborn Unified took three straight penalties with less than five minutes to go in the first period, and Grosse Ile capitalized on two of them. On a 5-on-3, junior Alexander Pflum found the back of the net, with assists going to sophomore Bob Bialobrzeski and senior Jacob Ketelhut.

Just over a minute later, senior Avery Swain found the back of the net with junior Chad Miller grabbing the lone assist. Both goals were on the power play, and were the final two shots of the period for the Red Devils.

DU regrouped and came out in the second with some fire, scoring the next four goals.

It was tied at two after two periods and seven minutes into the third, DU had a two-goal advantage.

It looked like Grosse Ile could give up, but they didn’t.

“I think they (DU) got a little tired in the third period, which kind of showed, and that’s how we were able to get back into it,” said Grosse Ile Coach Jason Durbin.

With less than five minutes to play, Grosse Ile started coming on strong, and with 3:19 left, Bialobrzeski found the net on a shot just to the left of DU goaltender Bryan Donaldson with help from seniors John Gatti and Hunter McGough.

Only down by one, Grosse Ile called a timeout with 1:45 left, and pulled Gilbert. It worked, and tied the game 44 seconds later on a shot through the five-hole by Pflum. Assists to Bialobrzeski’s goal went to Senior Avery Swain and junior Brandon Lippert assisted.

Overtime commenced the Red Devils killed off a DU penalty, but DU kept up the momentum for the win.

In the end, it was a shot by senior forward Brent Benavides from the point. It didn’t hit the net. It bounced off the boards right to Gilbert. It hit his glove, then the post, and finally his skate blade before ending up in the net for the game-winning goal with just two and half minutes left in overtime.

Earlier in the week, the Red Devils defeated Huron 6-5.

Swain finished the night with a hat trick and McGough, Garrett Jakunskad and Steven Plyler all scored single goals.

The week started with a 2-0 loss to Jefferson. It was a 1-0 game before Jefferson scored an empty netter as time wound down.



Allen Park

Allen Park was at the Public School Showcase this past week and split games with Grandville and Davison.

On Friday the team knocked off Grandville 3-1.

Grandville took a 1-0 lead late in the opening period, but the Jags tied things up in the second and added another two goals over the second and third period for the win.

Josh Haney tied the game with 12:12 left to play in the middle period with David Pischke recording the assist.

Just over three minutes later, Nick Fulton knocked in the game-winner with help from Kyle Sikes and Bob Salerno.

Toph Mann added the insurance goal with 2:10 left to play in the game to cap the scoring. Alec Case got the long assist.

Earlier in the week the Jags fell 3-0 to Davison.



Anderson

In its only outing last week the effort was there and the shots were definitely there for the Anderson hockey team, but nothing seemed to go right.

The Titans outshot visiting Ann Arbor Pioneer 33-19 and had a handful of scoring chances in each period, but found themselves on the losing end of a 3-0 game.

“I’m not really disappointed with the way we played, it’s just all the other stuff that’s frustrating,” Coach Pat Jesue said. “It’s the simple things; the little details. I just don’t understand why we don’t’ see what works for us and we don’t execute what works for us.

“When we do the little things right, we’re successful. I know what we have in there in terms of talent.”

The Pioneers got a goal in each period for the win.

The first came on a power play late in the opening period. Earlier in the period, Pioneer had several big scoring opportunities, but Anderson’s Dominic Alderman stood tall in net.

Pioneer struck again late in the second with a top shelf goal and capped the scoring with a shorthanded goal with 10 minutes to go in the game.

“We know what will work for us (and) we know what will give us success,” Jesue said. “The first two periods here tonight, we came out, we played well, we had shots, we finished hits; we did everything we were supposed to do.

“But I’m not taking anything away from that team (Pioneer). They did a good job.

Moving forward, Jesue said the team will focus on the minor details and making their breaks.

“If we executed the little things we’re supposed to execute, we’d make our breaks,” he said. “It’s about going over the little details. We’ve gotta make sure that those guys are clean on what those details are.

“Where we’ve gotta be for faceoffs, where we need to be in our own zone, what our expectations are on our forcheck, and our overall expectations.”

The Titans were back on the ice last night when they took on Riverview. Tonight they will travel to Woodhaven and Saturday will go to Ann Arbor Huron.

Grosse Ile hosted Allen Park last night and will take on Carlson Friday. Allen Park will travel to Country Day on Friday and play in the second annual outdoor game against Dearborn Unified Saturday at Clark Park.









Last Updated: 2/11/2014 2:27:51 PM EST

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