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HOCKEY: Jags, Bucs net very different wins over local rivals

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It was a big night of local hockey action at Kennedy ice rink Tuesday, where one game was decided pretty early and the other took an overtime to decide the winner.

It was a back and forth game for Riverview and Anderson that went to overtime before the Bus netted the game-winner just over a minute into overtime.

After a high-energy, physical three periods of play, John Clemente found the back of the net in OT, firing one over the left shoulder of Anderson’s Dominic Alderman for the win.

It was a tied game at the end of two periods before things opened up in a third period of physical play.

Anderson took its only lead of the game early in the third period.

Adam Ibach chipped the puck through a Riverview defenseman’s legs and went in on the breakaway, burying the puck low stick side for the 2-1 lead.

Riverview tied things up when Dalton Sutherland took a shot from the side of the net.

Jacob St. Andre and Tyler Rode recorded assists.

Almost five minutes later, Riverview took a 3-2 lead with a goal from Chris Hass.

The senior won a battle in the corner behind the net, made a move around the Anderson defender and put the puck top shelf.

Coach Al Taurence said it was a bad angle for a goal, but Hass made it a nice goal.

But Anderson wasn’t done yet.

The Titans started going hard to the net just over 30 seconds later and Tim Witz got a rebound for another tied game.

Earlier in the game, Riverview took its first lead on a power play goal. Shane Nowak found the back of the net just 11 seconds into the power play for the 1-0 lead.

Tyler Bozynski and Rode had the assists.

Anderson tied it up late in the second period when Anderson Cooper picked up a fourth rebound and banged it home.

Josh Miruk and Dustin Crawford had the assists.

Taurence called the win one of his team’s biggest of the year.

“We played well (and) we accomplished what we wanted to,” he said. “We put two lines together that we think can maybe compete with other teams and we have a third line where, if they can not allow any goals against, they’re doing a great job.

“The first line scored three goals tonight and the third line didn’t allow any goals against, so we accomplished what we wanted to do out there.”

The Titans were not short on effort, and as they have so many other times this season, outshot their opponent; 37-28 in this case.

“We’re not unhappy with the way we played,” Anderson Coach Pat Jesue said. “But when you generate 16 shots in the first period (and) they’re all perimeter, that’s what we’re preaching.

“We can have 16 shots in the first period, but they’re all from the outside and no one’s going hard to the net.”

Jesue said when he team crashed the net, they saw positive results but still had a hard time with the defensive side of things.

“Unfortunately, there’s two sides to the puck,” he said. “You’ve gotta play defense.

“You can’t have a guy walk out of the corner, untouched and bury a shot like that.”

Taurence said his team had been working on small changes, including moving Austin Christie from defense to forward which has worked well.

“He blocked a really nice shot today,” Taurence said. “It’s those little things that really pump up the team.

“He’s one of those guys that adds something to the team. He understands his role and he does it pretty well.”

Taurence said heading into the game, he didn’t have any specific expectations and didn’t give his team a huge speech.

“It’s the end of the year (and) we’ve said it all 20 times already,” he said. “I said I’m not gonna give you a speech on what to do out there; you guys all know what to do.

“You guys are just as talented as the other team, so it’s the team that wants it the most.”

Jesue said it was an unfortunate overtime for his team after the hard work through three periods.

“We carry the momentum and then we go into overtime an it’s like we’re bobbling pucks in the overtime and it’s just like everything we just did for three periods was non existent,” he said.

Both teams are looking to stay positive in the final week of the season before the state playoffs.

In the rink next door, it was a much different story for Allen Park, who knocked off Grosse Ile 6-1, led by the talented hand of David Pischke, who scored a hat trick.

It was a close game through the opening period, but some quick scoring in the second and good defensive work between the pipes from Sean Stephens gave the Jags the win.

Assistant Coach Rick Pinkowski said the team had a strong second and third periods after the close first period outing.

“I think they started out all right in the first and then kind of fell off the game plan a little bit,” he said. “We took a bad penalty at the end of the period (but) I think they came out a little bit more focused in the second and third periods.”

Pischke got the night’s scoring started early in the opening period.

With just over two minutes gone by the senior got the puck right in front of the net and banged it home for a 1-0 lead.

Nick Metropoulos and Nick Fulton had the assists.

Just 44 seconds later, he netted his second for a 2-0 lead with help from Josh Haney.

Grosse Ile got on board late in the second when Bob Bialobrzeski scored the lone goal of the game with help from Hunter McGough.

The puck hit Stephens’ stick, took a bounce and got over his pad.

“Other than that, he was solid,” Pinkowski said of his sophomore goalie. “They had shots and he took all of them. He did a good job between the pipes.”

Allen Park came out ready in the second and added three more goals before the period was over.

With 8:34 left, Toph Mann scored on the power play with help from Metropoulos and Cameron Chabot for a 3-1 advantage and the Jags cruised from there.

They controlled much of the play over the next eight minutes and scored two quick goals as the period drew to a close.

With less than 30 seconds to go, Mann passed from the top of the circle to Nick Kelly who put it away.

Right at the buzzer, Fulton gave the Jags a commanding 5-1 lead heading into the final period when he added a goal to his earlier assist with help from Metropoulos and Pischke.

With a comfortable lead, the game was pretty much won, but Pischke added one more for old times sake, and the hat trick.

With 11:21 to go he scored on the breakaway, shorthanded.

“I think today Dave lived up to the expectations that he’s put on himself all year,” Pinkowski said. “Today he seemed to have that rhythm. He’s the Pischke that we know he can be.

“He had a great game (and) not just on the offensive side. He did put three pucks in the net, but ht was a defensive asset, too; backchecking and worked hard. He definitely earned his ice time today.”

Both Allen Park and Grosse Ile are back on the ice on Friday. Grosse Ile will take on Carlson and Allen Park will travel to Country Day before playing in the second annual outdoor game against Dearborn Unified at Clark Park on Saturday.

Anderson travels to Woodhaven tomorrow and Riverview will travel to Chelsea on Saturday.

Last Updated: 2/12/2014 12:46:08 PM EST