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One week ago, following a win over Grosse Ile on senior night, Woodhaven Coach Bryan Sullivan said his team came out slow and had trouble maintaining focus.

But on Tuesday night in Dearborn, the Warriors played about as sharp as a team could play.

Woodhaven attacked from the second the puck dropped, scoring four first-period goals and going on to dismantle the Crestwood hockey team by a final score of 8-0.

“The boys came out strong, they did pretty good in the first period,” Sullivan said. “They didn’t finish on all their chances. I thought their goalie did a pretty good job but obviously, he was a little overwhelmed.”

William Brock III, Jacob Swindle (powerplay), Nicholas Youngheim, and Gregg Pawelczyk all scored goals in the first period. The Warriors bombarded Chargers goalie Steely Mamalakis with shots early on, but he made quite a few nifty saves to prevent the score from being even more lopsided than it ended up being by the time the second period rolled around.

Chargers Coach Adam Stoner said he had a game plan in place coming into the contest, but knew it would be tough for his team to fully execute it against such a stellar Woodhaven squad.

“We stressed zone coverage, stressed not giving up a lot of shots,” Stoner said. “But obviously, they’re a very talented team. So it didn’t really work out in our favor, giving up the 34 shots.”

Warriors Captain Dominic Moore got in on the action in the second period, scoring a pair of goals. The first came on a play in which he jetted in between two Crestwood defenders to chase down a loose puck in the Chargers’ zone before making a magnificent deke to fool Mamalakis and bury the goal.

Moore’s second goal came just seven minutes after his first, at the 11:36 mark of the period, on a wrist shot from the right faceoff circle. That score gave the Warriors a commanding 6-0 lead.

Woodhaven then continued to attack offensively in the third period, playing as if they were trailing and tallying four shots on goal in the opening five minutes of the period.

Two of those four shots found the back of the net. The first, scored by sophomore Alexander Robinson, was of the wrap-around variety, and the second goal of the third period came courtesy of a Yousef Suede slap shot. Suede’s goal came 4:45 into the third period and triggered the mercy rule to send Woodhaven home with the 8-0 victory.

Sullivan said the biggest positive he took from the win was his team’s display of unselfish hockey.

“It looks like we’re really starting to come together as a team at the right time,” he said. “They’re not worried about who’s putting the puck where, or who is coming away with the goals, they’re just worried about coming away with the W. That’s how it’s supposed to be this time of the season.”

Trevor Monaco and Steven Hurley combined on a seven-save shutout, while Mamalakis stopped 26 of the 34 shots he saw for the Chargers.

Stoner said he congratulated his seniors on a fine season following the loss and that he looks forward to improving next year.

“We have three seniors going off to play college hockey next season and I just said congrats to them and wished them luck next year,” Stoner said. “As for our guys, we’re returning two of our top three scorers so we’re looking to build from there on up.”

Crestwood finishes the season with a final record of 5-18.

Woodhaven will return to the Dearborn Ice Skating Center on Thursday night to face off against Dearborn in the pre-regional semifinals.

Sullivan said it will be a challenge for his team to take Dearborn down on their home ice.

“They’re a big, tough team and it’s going to be a good game,” Sullivan said. “We saw them earlier in the year and it’s always tough to play a team for a second or third time in one year, especially in this kind of setting and on their home ice. We’ll take the odds of playing in their house, though, and go see what happens.”

Last Updated: 2/26/2014 12:00:44 AM EST