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Mac Slowick (23) and the Anderson Titans used a big third period to knock Allen Park Cabrini out of the state playoffs. Anderson will face Gabriel Richard on Wednesday. Photo by Sean McCabe

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HOCKEY: Big third period helps Anderson top Cabrini (PHOTO)

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The Southgate Anderson boys’ hockey team used a dominate third period to put away Cabrini 6-2 and advance out of the first round of the Michigan High School Athletic Association playoffs Monday night.

Tied at two heading into the third the Titans’ big Matthew Cooper scored less than a minute in on a put-back rebound that broke the tie and opened up the flood gates for Anderson who outshot the Monarchs 13-2 in the final period and scored four times.

“I think they believed in the system in the third,” said Anderson head coach Pat Jesue. “It was trying to simplify everything. In the first two periods guys were trying to do everything themselves, and you don’t want to see the season cut short because guys are out there trying to be individuals.”

“I think we made more passes in the first six minutes of the third than we did in the first two periods.”

Southgate struck first just over seven minutes into a very exciting, physical first period that featured four penalties and three goals.

Joshua Mirk skated up the left side boards and found co-captain Jonah Peryam who fired a shot at the Cabrini net. The shot was redirected by Timothy Witz and past goaltender Brett Kates for the Titan goal with 9:45 left in the first.

The Monarchs would answer back six minutes later to tie the game.

Joe Hay skated through the neutral zone and into the Anderson end where he faked a slap shot before dishing it to Sheldon Varhol who fired a wrist shot into the back of the net to tie the game.

Penalties on Cabrini’s Christopher Sukel and Varhol led to an Anderson 5–on-3 power play that the Monarchs couldn’t quite kill off.

With 1:26 left Mackenzie Slowik won the face-off for Southgate. Casimer Wieleba passed to Peryam who threw a shot at the net that was redirected by Cooper and into the back of the twine for a goal that looked just like the Titans first.

The second period featured more physical play as big checks and two more penalties highlighted the second 17 minutes of play.

Between the hits and chippy play Cabrini did manage to tie the game early into the middle period.

Anthony Killam swiped the puck in the Anderson end and fired a quick wrister that beat Dominic Alderman for an unassisted goal that tied the game 2-2 with 14:52 left in the second.

Southgate came out in the third and put on an offensive clinic.

Following Cooper’s early goal the Titans scored three more times on three very similar goals.

Twice from the left side boards and once from the right an Anderson player would find a streaking teammate in the middle of the ice for a one-timer that would be hard for most NHL goalies to stop.

Brandon Robert scored two goals in the period while Joshua Miruk netted the other.

Although he was disappointed, Cabrini Head Coach Bill Alvis was proud of the way his undermanned team fought all season.

“I had two lines, so we ran out of gas and had to battle penalties with only two lines,” said Alvis. “Everyone in this locker room didn’t quit on this team and they should be very proud. We’ve had some people that quit. Some that didn’t come out this year because they knew it was going to be difficult, so the kids that stayed in here are tremendous student athletes.”

Peryam had four assists for the Titans. Cooper added an assist to go along with his two goals while Wieleba had two assists for Anderson.

Killam had two points for Cabrini and Jacob Mackie notched an assist before receiving a 10 minute game misconduct late in the game.

The Titans outshot Cabrini 35-22 for the game.

Anderson moves on the play Gabriel Richard on Wednesday night at the Allen Park Ice Arena.

Last Updated: 2/25/2014 10:24:55 AM EST