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Michigan Hockey V.21:I.19 | March 21, 2011 FIRST CLASS

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2011 Spring Travel Tryouts For General BHA Travel Hockey Information contact Tim Opie, BHA Travel Director 248-822-0020 2003 Birmingham Rangers “2011 Little Caesars Adams Playoff Finalist” Chris Jelinek , (248) 303-8813, Tryouts: March 21st 6:30 – 7:50 PM@ Cranbrook March 27th 12:00 – 1:30 PM@ Birmingham 2002 Birmingham Rangers Bryan Smolinski, (248) 721-0601, Tryouts: March 22nd 6:30 - 7:30 PM @ Cranbrook March 25th 5:00 - 6:30 PM @ Cranbrook March 28th 6:30 – 8:00 PM@ Cranbrook 2001 Birmingham Rangers Jeff Wardlow, (248) 821-8001, Paul Siver, (248) 302-3304 Tryouts: March 15th 6:30 – 8:00 PM @ Cranbrook March 20th 12:00 – 1:30 PM @ Birmingham 2000 Birmingham Rangers “2011 Little Ceasars Norris Division (Yzerman) Finalist” Todd Antenucci , (248) 321-7222, Tryouts: March 11th 8:00 - 9:30 PM @ Cranbrook March 16th 5:30 - 7:00 PM @ Oak Park 2000 Birmingham Travel Chris Kantgias, (586) 596-8722, Tim Galligan, (248) 761-4884, Coaches : Fred Perlini, Vicki Perlini, Tim Galligan, Jerry Reinhart Tryouts: March 18th 7:00 – 8:30 PM @ Birmingham March 19th 4:30 – 6:00 PM @Birmingham March 24th 6:30 – 8:00 PM @ Cranbrook 1999 Birmingham Rangers “2011 Little Caesars Smythe Division Finals” Paul Dunbar, Coaches: Anatoliy Buliga & Petr Tichy Tryouts: March 26th 12:00- 1:30 PM @ Birmingham March 27th 6:00 -7:30 PM @Birmingham 1998 Birmingham Rangers John Duncan, (248) 514-5229, Tryouts: March 14th 8:00 – 9:30 PM @ Cranbrook March 16th 6:30 – 8:00 PM @ Birmingham March 19th 7:00 – 8:30 PM @ Cranbrook March 30th 6:30 – 8:00 PM @ Birmingham

1998 Birmingham Liberty Paul Apap, (248) 464-4207, Tryouts: March 23rd 6:30 – 8:30 PM @ Cranbrook March 26th 4:00 – 5:30 PM @ Cranbrook March 30th 8:00 – 9:30 PM @ Cranbrook 1997 Birmingham Rangers: Jerry Reinhart (248) 705-5050, Spring Coaches: Bill Christie, (H.C. Bro. Rice JV), Jerry Reinhart, Jack Leavy, Dan Tewilliager Tryouts: March 12, 4:30 - 6:00 PM @ Birmingham March 13, 4:00 - 5:30 PM @ Cranbrook March 16, 8:00 - 9:30 PM @ Birmingham March 27, 4:00 - 5:30 PM @ Cranbrook 1996 Birmingham Rangers Bruce Hulsher (248) 318-4842, Dave Gentile, Tryouts: TBD 1995-96 Midget A Birmingham Rangers Spring/Fall (Ranked) Steve Bester, (248) 842-9580, Tryouts: March 17th 8:00 – 9:30 PM @Cranbrook March 22nd 7:30 – 9:00 PM @ Cranbrook March 29th 7:30 –9 :00 PM @ Cranbrook April 2nd 9:00 – 10:30 AM @ Cranbrook 1994-93 Midget AA_Birmingham Rangers Spring/Fall (Ranked) Bruce Gilgallon , (248) 303-0051, Tryouts: March 22nd 9:00 – 10:30 PM @ Cranbrook March 27th 2:30 - 4:00 PM @ Cranbrook March 29th 9:00– 10:30 PM @ Cranbrook Birmingham Rangers U10 and U12 Girl’s Spring Hockey Coach: Terry Brooks, (248) 765-0242, Manager: Robert McMurray, (248) 701-5271, Tryouts: March 25th , 8:30 – 10:00 PM @ Birmingham (U12/U10 - Fee $15.00) March 27th 12:30 – 2:00 PM @ Hazel Park (U12/U10 - Fee $15.00)

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Table of Contents March 21, 2011, Volume 21 : Issue 19 AMATEUR HOCKEY REPORT

Cadillac Jr. Vikings take home Squirt B District 7 title Trenton ‘97s beat Belle Tire Dearborn for Bantam A District 2 title Macomb Mite Colts win Wyandotte Riverfront Tournament Mite A Canton Victory Honda squad training for Mini Martian Marathon


What is going on with the Red Wings?


STATE OF THE GAME By Lyle Phair The Line Forms Here


GET BETTER Shooting on the Fly


YOU SHOULD KNOW U of D Jesuit’s Tim Moore


FROM THE CREASE By Steve McKichan Camp Advice




HOMETOWN HERO Grosse Pointe Woods’ Andy Miele



Girls and Women’s USA Hockey Nationals coming to Metro-Detroit





PAGES 40-44 High School State Finals Novi, Wyandotte, Grand Rapids Catholic Central and Grosse Point South win titles

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Girls 12U Tier 2: Victory Honda beats Mt. Clemens Girls 14U Tier 2: Mt. Clemens shuts out Michigan Icebreakers Girls 16U Tier 2: Keweenaw tops Michigan Icebreakers Girls 14U Tier 2: Marquette rolls past G-Force Squirt AA: Midland Northstars take title Bantam A: Farmington Hills Flames keep winning Midget A: Summit Plastics win in 2OT Midget AA: Troy Sting hold off USA Eagles Women Sr. B: O’Leary Hawks win fifth straight title

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NAHL Report: Port Huron ready to finish strong OHL: Whalers and Spirit Notebook

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20th Anniversary Season MH celebrates 20 years with a look back at 2002

USA Hockey National Tournament Girls and Women head to Metro-Detroit

Red Wings Insider Todd Bertuzzi gets comfortable in Detroit

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We’ll wrap up our MAHA state tournament coverage, have a report from the USA Hockey Women’s National Tournament and features on Miss and Mr. Hockey, and we’ll also take a look back at the year 2003 in celebration of our 20th season of Michigan Hockey. Look for it on arena stands, at and in your e-mail on April 8, 2011. Contact Lucia Zuzga at (248) 479-1134 or lucia@ or Philip Colvin at (248) 479-1136 or for more information.

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Adrian College makes NCAA DIII Championship

Pick a night, any night, during the regular season and most hockey fans in Michigan have their pick of an entertaining youth, junior, college or pro game to watch in person or on TV. And when March rolls around the playoffs start, the stakes go up, the games mean more, the pace gets quicker and the players seem to perform at a higher level with a lot on the line. Whether its LCAHL playoff tilts, the MAHA state tournament or the Girls and Boy’s High School tournaments, I’ve seen several tremendous matchups and players that have turned it up a notch to help their team win a big game – which is exactly what you want to see at this time of the year. Congrats to all the winners of the MAHA state tournaments – championship game reports start on page 32 with the rest coming in our next issue – and look for your invitation to the 19th annual Michigan Hockey Banquet of Champions in the mail and save the date of April 13, 2011. Also congratulations to the Grosse Pointe South girl’s state champions (page 40) and the trio of first-time winners that captured MHSAA state titles - Novi (Division 1), Wyandotte (Division 2) and Grand Rapids Catholic Central (Division 3) – and are featured starting on page 42. This time of year also means spring tryouts (which start on page 24), leagues and tournaments. Good luck at your tryout and have fun during the spring season. I am also looking forward to the Women’s and Girls USA Hockey National Championships at the Onyx Rochester Arena and Suburban Ice Macomb over the first ten days of April (see page 23 for details). Finally, thank you to everyone that took the time to submit nominations for our MH Awards, we appreciate it and will feature the winners in our April 25 Banquet of Champions issue. Enjoy the spring,

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Outside Edges (6-14) ...........................................12:00 - 1:30 pm Shoot to Score (6-14) .............................................1:30 - 3:00 pm Backward Power Skating (9-14) .............................3:00 - 4:30 pm

Cadillac Cadillac Jr. Jr. Vikings Vikings take take home home Squirt Squirt BB District District 77 title title



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The Cadillac Jr. Vikings won the Squirt B District 7 title with an exciting, 3-2, overtime win over Tawas in the final. In the well-played final game, each started the extra period with a player in the penalty box, but when the Vikings went on the powerplay they were able to score the game winner just 57 seconds into the overtime. The Jr. Vikings opened the tournament with a 6-1 win over Cheboygan, lost to Tawas, 5-4, beat Traverse City, 3-0, and knocked off Petoskey, 5-2, in the semifinals. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We started the season with six great second year players who challenged our seven first year players to help them reach their potential,â&#x20AC;? said head coach Jeff Izzard. â&#x20AC;&#x153;With a lot of hard

work, a willingness to do what was asked of them and dedication to their team, this group of kids has really come together. They are not only teammates on the ice, but friends off the ice.â&#x20AC;? The Viking coaching staff, which also includes assistant coaches David Cook and Scott Phillips, had three expectations of their players: have fun, work hard and improve every day. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every player met and excelled these expectations and it showed every time they went on the ice,â&#x20AC;? said Izzard. The Cadillac Jr. Vikings are: Zakk Izzard, Hayden Watkins, David Carpenter, Justin Smith, Jacob Cook, Marissa Dolorfino, Jacob Kaspriak, David Besaw, Brendan Phillips, Melodee Eastman, Allan Scheurer, Connor Swaffer and Mallory Dolorfino.



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Trenton â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;97s beat Belle Tire Dearborn for Bantam A District 2 title The Trentonâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;97s won the rematch against Bell Tire Dearborn, 4-1, to take the 2011 Bantam A District 2 title at the Ice Box in Brownstown. After losing to Belle Tire Dearborn, 1-0, in their opening game, Trenton reeled off wins against Allen Park (9-2), Victory Honda Peak (6-2) and Belle Tire Taylor (8-1) to earn another shot at Belle Tire Dearborn, the defending state champions and national tournament runner up.

The Trenton 97â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s are: Quinn Preston, Jake Knaggs, Jeremy Sawyer, Austin Bliznik, Phillip Pugliese, Cain Maison, Zack Galecki, Joe Nevalo, Dalton Sutherland, Zach Kohn, Conor Cunningham, Carl Olds, Brandon Burke, Eric Blevins, Christian Louria, Sean Stephens and Jake Seeley. Head coach is Carl Olds and assistant coaches are Tom Begeman, Brad Ryznar, Jason Durbin and Marty Sawyer.

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Macomb Macomb Mite Mite Colts Colts win win Wyandotte Wyandotte Riverfront Riverfront Tournament Tournament The Macomb Colts closed out February by going undefeated and winning the Wyandotte Riverfront Tournament. The Colts opened the tournament with a 5-0 shutout of the Saginaw Wild before beating the Trenton Wolves, 5-1. Macombâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s third game against the host Wyandtotte Warriors was a back and forth game that ended in a scoreless tie that earned them a spot in the final against Saginaw. In the final, the Colts came out fired up and took home

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What is wrong with the Red Wings? “The defense!” Ron Sampson

“Too many shots on goal.” Andrew Gerber, 16

“They rely on some guys too much.” Brett Collar, 18

“They just have to adjust to the guys coming back.” Auston Paul, 18

“Too much pressure on Jimmy Howard.” Logan Smith, 18

“Too many injuries this season.” Erik Langer, 17

“They need more production from the 3rd and 4th lines.” John Sutton, 22 “Not enough toughness.” Dan Moran, 23


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THE LINE FORMS HERE One of the biggest challenges for youth hockey coaches is the formation of lines. It’s also a frequent source of heartburn for parents and one of the most common issues that can lead to a confrontation with the coaches of the team. Who plays what position? Who plays with who? Whose line plays more? Which players play in certain situations? If it sounds a little like an Abbott and Costello skit, that probably fits. It can be all of that at times. Obviously, there are a lot of different variations of line set-ups and a number of different reasons that lines get formed in certain ways. The number of players on a team is an issue, as are the positions that the players are capable of playing. The skill level of the individual players is also a factor. And unfortunately the offspring of the coaches can at times be an area of concern. Some coaches bring it on themselves. There are actually some coaches who believe that because they are volunteering to coach a team that it somehow gives their child privileges that other players on the team don’t have. Talk about a recipe for disaster. In some instances it is purely a case of having the parent goggles on in terms of assessing the ability of their child. It can be very easy to over-rate your own child and play them in positions and situations that they shouldn’t be playing in. Of course, there are some coaches who are just the opposite and go out of their way to make sure that it doesn’t appear that their child gets anything more than the other players. In some cases, the coach’s child actually gets the short end of the stick.

WHERE THEY FIT The great thing about the game is that if you pay attention to it, over the course of time it is pretty easy to see where players fit and don’t fit. But in saying that I also know there are many parents who will never be able to properly assess the abilities of their child or the other players on the team. So how exactly do lines get formed? What is the magical formula that coaches employ in coming up with the right combinations? We have all seen the Rookie Coach in Mite House Hockey format at work in some form or another, sometimes at different levels and other age groups. That’s the one where one coach’s child plays center, the other coach’s child plays center and there are three set of wings (sometimes even four believe it or not) that rotate through with those centers. But that is obviously not a typical set-up. And it is never very long-term because there is nothing about it that makes any sense. In most cases, teams will have three lines and at least five defensemen, typically six. It is virtually impossible to play the game with any pace or tempo with only two lines. The players tire much too quickly. There are players that can go out every second shift, but without adequate rest, they can’t play to the level that they are capable of. When coaches insist


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on playing players when they are tired, they essentially are creating players that become slow and lazy. They can’t make decisions or execute plays at high speed. They move slowly and develop lazy playing habits. But sometimes that can’t be helped. Sometimes teams only have ten skaters and have to go with two lines. While it is not an ideal situation, sometimes you have to work with what you have. Once you get to eleven or twelve skaters, it is pretty easy to utilize four defensemen and seven or eight forwards. It is much easier for defensemen to go out every second shift as typically the demands of the position can be a little less than that of what the forwards are doing. When playing defense, you play your position and the play essentially comes to you. When playing forward you are the group that pushes the pace of the play. Smart defensemen can easily and efficiently play at least half of the game. That is a lot tougher to do effectively as a forward.

GETTING TO KNOW THEM Coaches really need to get to know their players to form effective lines and have to really good understanding of what players are capable (and just as importantly not yet capable) of doing. Chemistry among linemates doesn’t typically just happen out of dumb luck, although sometimes it does. Coaches make conscious decisions to put together a line consisting of a playmaking center capable of getting the puck to a winger with a good shot and a knack for getting open along with another winger who might be strong along the boards and in the corners. Sometimes coaches will put together three hard workers who might not be that offensively gifted, yet can forecheck like the dickens and be disruptive in the offensive zone. Some coaches like to operate in more of a pair format where they take two players who always seem to work well together and change up the third player from time to time to stir things up or to try something different. Throughout the course of the season good coaches with try pretty much everybody with everybody to see what works and what doesn’t work. It is never healthy to play with the same linemates for the whole season. While it is true that some players seem to play much better with certain players than they do with others, over time players tend to get a little stale playing together and the excitement of a new line can create some energy that might otherwise be lacking. One other consideration for coaches is what to do with those players that seem to have the knack of making the players that they play with better. Some players can do that, but most can’t. When a player might be struggling a little and have a low confidence level, it can be a real boost to put them with a creative player who can get them the puck and involved in the game again.


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OPPORTUNITY TO SUCCEED One of the biggest challenges for youth coaches is the variance in skill level between teammates. While you want to give your team and each individual player the opportunity to succeed, you have to be careful in how the lines are put together. It can be very difficult for a weaker player to play on the same line with two of the top players on the team, no matter how team-oriented those players might be. Sometimes it is better to put the three forwards lowest on the depth chart together on a line as they will feel more comfortable together. When you feel good, you tend to play well. Forming defensive pairings also takes a little thought but with only two players it is a little less complex than with three forwards. Most times coaches will put a good puck-mover or offensive oriented defenseman with a solid stay-at-home defender for balance. Playing defense is all about positioning, reading and reacting and some players just tend to really click together to work in unison. Good coaches will ultimately take their cues from their players as to how their lines are formed. Every player deserves an opportunity to play with every other player on the team and in all situations. You never know what someone is capable of until given a chance.

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in front, away from your body, arm extended. As you sweep or push through with your bottom hand, you should be pulling toward them with the top hand, utilizing your wrists to snap the puck. Moving shooting – Once you get the feel for shooting without using your legs at all, the next step is to set a puck in a position where you can “glide into it” and shoot it. Take 3-4 strides, then glide for 5-6 feet, shooting the puck while on the move, utilizing the arms and upper body only. Once you get the hang of that, then carry the puck for the 3-4 strides, glide for 5-6 feet, position the puck to shoot it, then release it. Shooting while striding – Once you get the feel for shooting while moving, the next step is shooting while striding. Use the same progression, but don’t coast or glide while shooting. Take 3-4 strides and shoot while in stride. This is the most difficult part as it requires coordinating upper body movement (arms) with lower body movement (legs) and will take plenty of practice. Source: – Coaches Club


PURPOSE: Puck control, protection and shooting SET UP: Simultaneously on the whistle, a player from the “inside” line carries the puck around the “inside” cones and a player from the “outside” line carries a puck around the “outside” cones. Both players take a shot and switch lines.


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Listen to three songs: 4ever, Put On and Ready to Roll. Get warm-up clothes on, tape my stick, do ladder drills, stretch, ride the bike and finally get dressed. Pads go on right, then left.

Seventeenyear old U of D Jesuit junior defenseman Tim Moore was born in Royal Oak and started playing hockey in Grosse Pointe when he was four-years old. He played for Belle Tire, St. Clair Shores and the Grosse Pointe Spartans growing up, was an Honorable Mention All-MIHL defenseman last year and has 11 goals and 24 points in his first 15 games with the Cubs this season.

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STEVE McKICHAN From the crease Camp Advice This is the time when many families turn their thoughts toward selecting a summer goalie school to help with their child’s development. Surprisingly, many of the top programs have already had some locations filled to capacity! Below is some fundamental advice on selecting a camp where you will get the best experience for your money. It’s what I would look for, knowing what I know, if I was going to send my own son to another camp. It would be a clear conflict of interest if I basically pumped the tires of Future Pro Goalie School. Right off the bat I want you to understand that there are many great programs available beside my camps and that I’m secure enough to admit that I’m not the only goalie expert in the world. In fact, I’m sure there are more intelligent coaches that even I could learn from. I have also provided a simple scoring system so you can compare the camps with the highest scores. 1. Credentials – A camp should provide the credentials of the head instructor and the actual amount of time he would be on the ice instructing every day. I would ask for this in writing. If the program will provide written credentials and the on-ice coaching time of the head instructor give that camp, add 1 point ____ 2. Quality Credentials of the head instructor • Bachelor Degree in Education or related field: teaching will be professionally


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delivered, add 1 point ____ • NHL game experience: it doesn’t make a great teacher but provides a valuable resource and respect, add 1 point _____ • Actual NHL Goaltending Coach experience: NHL coaches have to display remarkable ability to earn one of 30 positions, add 1 point ____ • Coaching Experience: for every five years at any level add, 1 point ____ • Other playing experience: if they played Major Junior, Division 1 or top tier European hockey, add 1 point ____ 3. Ice time value – Take the total hours of ice time per week and divide into the price for the camp to determine cost per hour of on ice instruction. If a camp is top three in value, add 1 point ____ 4. Staff:Student ratio – The more staff the better. Ratios range from 1:1 to 1:6 or higher. If the camp has a ratio of 1:2 or better, add 1 point ____ 5. Word of mouth – Although not scientific, ask around. For every positive testimonial from another goalie parent, add 1 point _____ 6. Years in business – If a camp has been around for many years it isn’t an accident. For every five years of being in business, add 1 point _____ Visit as many goalie school websites and refine your search to a handful. Use the above system to breakdown each program. Once you have further refined your search, call them up. How quickly do they return calls? Does the owner speak with you or do you speak only to support staff? I have heard many great things (and bad experiences) about many goalie schools. If you use due diligence, you will find a camp that is right for you.

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March 21, 2011, Volume 21 : Issue 19

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For 10 days at the start of April, metro-Detroit will be the center of the female hockey universe. Eighty-eight teams, and over 1,300 players will take part in the 2011 USA Hockey Tier I Girls and Women’s National Tournament at the Onyx Rochester Ice Arena and Suburban Ice Macomb, hosted by the Honeybaked Hockey Club. Seven women’s teams from Michigan, Top Gun and Detroit Revolution (Sr. C), O’Leary Hawks and Team Ices (Sr. B), Honeybaked (Sr. A) and T-Strong and Frozen Assets (Over 30), will compete in the Women’s Nationals. The Girls Tier 1 National Tournament includes eight Michigan-based squads, including Honeybaked and Compuware in the 12U Division, Honeybaked and Little Caesars (14U), Little Caesars and Honeybaked (16U) and Little Caesars and Honeybaked at the 19 and Under level. The Women’s event is set for April 1-3, while the Girls Tier 1 national tournament will be held April 6-10. Games will be at both facilities for each event. “The Honeybaked Hockey Club is extremely excited to be the host of this premier event for USA Hockey,” said Honeybaked Hockey director Joe Jones. “The very best Women’s and Girls teams from all over the United States here will be here, and we are absolutely delighted to host this event at two of the state’s finest facilities.” In addition, the 2011 USA Hockey National Championships will provide a great stage to display the growth of women’s hockey in the state. “Female hockey participation in Michigan continues to increase, and this tournament will showcase the tremendous hockey culture of the metro-Detroit area,” said Jones. The Michigan Amateur Hockey Association is also pleased to host the national event. “This is a fantastic opportunity to highlight the Detroit area to the out of state players and parents and provide exposure of the female game throughout the state,” added Patty Madden, the Michigan Amateur Hockey Association’s Vice President of Girls/Women’s Hockey. Detroit Sports will assist with visitor information for players, parents, coaches and fans during the two national tournaments. “We are excited that metro Detroit has been selected to host these USA Hockey

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Michigan Hockey 20th Season

20 Years/20 Issues Michigan Hockey Headlines Detroit Red Wings win their third Stanley Cup in six years, beating the Carolina Hurricanes in five games. The Hurricanes won game one in overtime, however the Wings owned the next four. Igor Larionov’s backhand in the third overtime of game three gave the Wings the series lead they would never relinquish. Nick Lidstrom would earn the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoff ’s Most Valuable Player.

Legendary Michigan State University head coach Ron Mason retires. Mason left coaching to become Michigan State’s athletic director (held position until 2008). He led the Spartans to 23 NCAA tournament appearances along with the 1986 national title. In his 36 years of coaching (Lake Superior, Bowling Green, Michigan State), Mason recorded the most wins in college hockey history with a line of 924-380-83. March 27th British actor, comedian and pianist Dudley Moore dies as a result of pneumonia

February 8th-24th The 2002 Winter Olympics are held in Salt Lake City, Utah

January 8th Dave Thomas, American fast food entrepreneur (Wendy’s) passes away


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February 22nd Chuck Jones, american animator passes away February 1st Kidnapped Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl is murdered in Karachi, Pakistan

Scotty Bowman and Dominik Hasek retire from the Detroit Red Wings. Bowman announced his retirement immediately following the game 5 clincher. He would end his career with 1,244 wins and nine Stanley Cups (both NHL records). Hasek waited a week to make his announcement; however the six-time Vezina winner would come back to the Wings in the 2003-04 season.

May 12th Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter arrives in Cuba, becoming the first U.S. President, to visit the island since Castro’s 1959 revolution

June 3rd The Party in the Palace takes place at Buckingham Palace, London for Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden Jubilee celebrations

April 25th Lisa Lopes, member of the R&B girl group TLC, better known by her stage name Left Eye, dies in a car accident in La Ceiba, Honduras

February 15th After uncovering scandal in voting, Canada’s silver medals upgraded to gold in Olympic’s figure skating pairs competition


The Detroit Red Wings announce their affiliation with the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League. “Hockeytown West,”was the official name used at the press conference, which featured Red Wings GM Ken Holland and about 100 media personnel.


APRIL April 9th The funeral of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother takes place in Westminster Abbey, London

March 1st U.S. invasion of Afghanistan: In eastern Afghanistan, Operation Anaconda begins

MAY May 26th Mars Odyssey finds signs of large water ice deposits on the planet Mars May 31st 2002 FIFA World Cup held in South Korea and Japan

JUNE June 8th Serena Williams defeats her sister Venus Williams in straight sets to win the 2002 French Open

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Flashback: MLB Champion Anaheim Angels

#1 NHL Draft Pick Rick Nash-Columbus

NFL Superbowl winner New England Patriots

Vezina trophy Best NHL Goaltender Jose Theodore-Montreal

NBA Champion L.A. Lakers


Hart trophy - NHL MVP Jose Theodore-Montreal

NHL Stanley Cup winner Detroit Red Wings

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OHL Champion Erie Otters

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Hockeytown West is the name officials of the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins and the Detroit Red Wings affectionately came up with after announcing on Jan. 24, 2002 that the two franchises had reached a fiveyear affiliation agreement that begins next season and runs through 2006-07. “We feel that this is going to be the premier relationship in all of hockey, with the Red Wings setting the standard at the NHL level and the Griffins serving as a foremost franchise in the AHL,” said Scott Gorsline, COO of DP Fox Sports and the Griffins (at right). The long-rumored relationship was announced in Grand Rapids at a press conference that featured Red Wings general manager Ken Holland, assistant GM Jim Nill, Griffins general manager Bob McNamara and Griffins vice-president for sales and marketing, Bob Sack. Griffins officials are hoping that the relationship — expected to include Red & White intrasquad games at the 10,834-seat Van Andel Arena — will help boost attendance numbers for the 6-year-old franchise . When Van Andel hosted a Wings’ Red & White game September 2000, the Griffins had more than 20,000 ticket requests. “It was special to see a lot of people wearing Red Wing jerseys at that game,” Holland said. “It was obvious of the incredible support we have on this side of the state.” The Red Wings will supply a minimum of 13 players to the Griffins each season. Detroit prospects currently play for the AHL’s Cincinnati Mighty Ducks, who are affiliated with the NHL’s Anaheim franchise. ”We’re excited to be announcing the affiliation with the Red Wings,” said McNamara, whose team is in the third-year of an affiliation with the Ottawa Senators. “We had a couple of contacts over the summer with Jim and Ken. They want to supply us with a team that can compete to the top of the AHL.” This marks the first time the Wings will have a full AHL affiliate since the

July 15th John Walker Lindh, the so-called “American Taliban”, pled guilty to two charges, and prosecutors dropped the rest July 28th Cyclist Lance Armstrong wins his fourth consecutive Tour de France


AUGUST August 12th US Airways declares bankruptcy, caused by the air travel slowdown following the September 11, 2001, Terrorist Attack

July 5th Ted Williams, baseball player dies

September 4th Kelly Clarkson was crowned the first winner of the television talent contest, American Idol


October 2nd The Beltway sniper attacks begin with 5 shootings in Montgomery County, Maryland


1998-99 campaign when they were related to the Adirondack franchise in Glenn Falls, N.Y. “It’s an exciting day for the Detroit Red Wings,” Holland said. “Grand Rapids is a tremendous hockey city. We’ve followed the success of the Griffins ever since they got pro hockey in the IHL. When the opportunity presented itself to move our minor league players here, we were very interested.” When the IHL folded last year, the Griffins joined the AHL, which made a possible marriage with the Grand Rapids team more attractive to Detroit. “If you’re going to be competitive in the NHL, you need depth,” Holland said. “This agreement allows us to sign veteran minor-league players to play with the Griffins. We feel we’ll put a competitive team on the ice for the fans of Grand Rapids and have a positive environment for our young players as they develop into future Red Wings.” By John Raffel

November 25th U.S. President George W. Bush signs into law the creation of a new Dept. of Homeland Security which is said to be the largest government reorganization in 50 years December 9th United Airlines, the second largest airline in the world, files for bankruptcy

NOVEMBER November 13th Democratic Party chose California Rep. Nancy Pelosi as minority leader, making her the first woman to lead a major American party

September 7th Serena Williams defeats her sister Venus Williams to win the 2002 U.S. Open October 30th Jam Master Jay is shot at a studio in Queens. Run-D.M.C. disbands

DECEMBER December 26th A 55-year-old contractor named Andrew Whittaker Jr won a $314.9 million Christmas Day Powerball jackpot, which is the biggest undivided lottery prize in American history

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MAHA State Tournaments


Behind Megan Roe’s two goals, Victory Honda defeated the Mount Clemens Wolves, 4-1, to take the 2011 MAHA 12 and Under Girls Tier 2 state tournament title on March 6 at Patterson Ice Arena in Grand Rapids. Roe scored her first goal with 44 seconds left in the opening period, assisted by Julianna Morano. Victory Honda’s Brooke Spiegel converted a pass from Morgan McNeely at 4:19 of the second period to give her team a 2-0 lead. In the third period, Roe scored her second goal, assisted by Kelly Gilson, at 13:43. Mount Clemens got on the board at 7:52 by Cristina Llano, unassisted. The win capped a 5-0 run at the state tournament for Victory Honda (19-1), and sends them to Anaheim, CA later this month for the USA Hockey National Tournament. “I thought the girls played great,”Victory Honda coach Mike Kaput said. “They didn’t give the other team an inch. They were forechecking hard and they were always on the puck. “ “They saw what was staring them in the face and it was a matter of playing game-to-game. They wanted it more than anybody else, I think.” Kaput’s squad includes two captains who are the only two girls moving up to the 14-and-under division next season and have been with him for four years. “We have a group of ‘99s who are first year 12U players and have been with me for three seasons,” he said, noting that this will be the first time any of his girls have been to the nationals. “Right now, it’s all about the experience. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience for nationals. We’re just going to have fun.” Forward Kelly Gilson is among the four-year players for Victory Honda. She acknowledged that winning the MAHA state title was a key goal for the team coming into the season. “Passing and playing as a team,” were the keys to the victory, Gilson said. The team has played together since August, and have made “a lot of progress,” Gilson said. “We’ve improved over the year.” The Wolves finished 3-1 on the weekend, including a comefrom-behind 4-3 shootout win over the Michigan Icebreakers in the opening game of the round-robin part of the tournament. “We played our hearts out,”said Graham, who returns about half of his team next season. “We played really well today.


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Victory Honda is a very good team. They shoot the puck very well. And they got some very good goals. “We played very well this whole weekend. It’s hard to pick out one area. We played well for the whole thing.” Graham’s squad finished 28-12 and he smiled while talking about the season. “It’s been a big success for us,” he said. “We were overachievers. We did not think we’d get this far. It was a lot of hard work. We did an off ice program. We worked hard at it. And they gave it their all every time they came to the rink.”

GIRLS 12U TIER 2 NOTEBOOK In other games during the weekend, Nicole Gibson scored five goals in leading Ann Arbor past the GRAHA Griffins 5-3. Jaiden Forest had all three goals for Grand Rapids… Little Caesars got two goals and two assists from Natalia Asimakis in a 5-4 win over the Livonia Knights, who had two goals and one assist from Kathryn Kucharski… Brianna Weglarz had an unassisted goal for Mount Clemens in a 4-3 shootout win over the Michigan Icebreakers… Megan Roe had three goals and two assists in Victory Honda’s 12-1 win over St. Clair Shores… Hannah Bates had a hat trick and one assist in a 7-0 Victory Honda blanking of Little Caesars… In the Michigan Icebreaker’s 8-0 blanking of the GRAHA Griffins, Skylar Byrne and Ashley Awdish had two goals apiece and Julia Marotta added three assists… Katelyn Hayward scored four goals in Livonia’s 4-2 win over St. Clair Shores… Mount Clemens defeated the Ann Arbor Cougars 3-0 with Briana Weglarz scoring two goals and Madison Graham adding two assists… Lauren Kramer notched one goal and one assist in a 3-0 St. Clair Shores victory over Little Caesars… Hannah Bates notched one goal and two assists in Victory Honda’s 5-0 blanking of Livonia… Skylar Byrne scored the winning goal for the Michigan Icebreakers in a 4-0 blanking of the Ann Arbor Cougars. In the semifinals, Mount Clemens beat Livonia 4-0, with Madison Graham notching two goals and one assist… In the other semifinal, Victory Honda edged the Michigan Icebreakers, 2-1. Hannah Bates and Mikayla Hubbard had one had goal apiece for the winners, while Annie Kaster scored for the Icebreakers.



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Mount Clemens Wolves shutout Icebreakers for Girls 14U state title BY JOHN RAFFEL

Just about any way you look at it, this has been quite a season for the Mount Clemens Wolves Girls 14 and Under team. Coach Cassandra Jaeckle’s squad improved its record to a fabulous 48-5-2 by winning its division at the MAHA Girls Tier 2 state tournament on March 6 at Grand Rapids’ Patterson Ice Center. Mount Clemens was 4-0 for the weekend after blanking the Michigan Icebreakers in the championship game, 4-0. “Our game plan was to work hard on our back checking and keep them outside the dots,” Jaeckle said. “That was our plan the entire weekend.” Mount Clemens scored their first goal in the opening period at 12:39 when Samantha Fortune converted a pass from Jenay Decaussin. Leigh Farquhar, the tournament’s MVP, then scored her team’s second goal at 7:38 of the second period, assisted by Alexis Bianchiini and Maria Bohr. “Since the beginning of the year, we had a good team and we wanted to bring it here,” Farquhar said. “We’re probably at the peak of the season. We’re passing well and our defense is strong. We’re really happy with to win.” Frankie Wojtylo scored Mount Clemens’ third goal at 4:46 of the third period, assisted by Olivia Ziemba and Bohr. Taylor Girard closed out the scoring with a shorthanded goal at 2:27 when the Wolves had two skaters in the penalty box. Jaeckle said her team has had success in scoring shorthanded goals this season. “Anytime you’re shorthanded you have to play very sound and get them to make a bad choice or mistake and this time we capitalized on it,” Jaeckle said. “It was a lot of hard work by Taylor Girard at that point.” Katelyn Tomlian was the winning goalie for Mount Clemens. “We had a very good weekend,” Jaeckle said. “Our effort and energy was excellent.” Jaeckle acknowledged that it was a team goal to achieve a state title way back when the season started. “Any time you put a team together, you want to prepare for states,” she said. “Luckily this year, we get to go to a national tournament.” The Wolves will play in the USA Hockey National Tournament in Anaheim, CA at the end of the month. The players are excited about the trip, but say they want more than to just enjoy Disney World and the other attractions of the area.

“We’d love to represent Michigan and bring home a national championship,” Jaeckle said. “That would be icing on the cake for our season.” “We can’t wait,” Farquhar said. “We want to be the best team in the nation.” The Icebreakers wrapped up a good season with two wins in Grand Rapids over the weekend. “Mount Clemens has a really strong team and they have a lot of depth,” Michigan Icebreakers coach Tom Byrne said. “I have to give our girls credit. They skated hard and kept playing and never quit. “And give Mount Clemens credit. They have been the top team all year, and have been able to maintain it. We tried our best and we wish them luck in the national tournament. We played them four or five times and we beat them once. They have a very good team. They have good skaters and girls that can shoot well. And their goaltender played very well today.” Byrne said his Icebreakers squad came a long way this season to make it to the state final. “When we started with our spring team, we didn’t win a game,” Byrne said. “Our girls have developed. I’m very happy with what they’ve accomplished.”

GIRLS 14U TIER 2 NOTEBOOK In other 14U tournament games over the weekend, Grosse Pointe blanked the USA Wild Flowers, 3-0, with Lindsay Gallagher notching two assists for the winners… Victoria Perez scored the only goal in Livonia’s 1-0 shutout over Birmingham… Grosse Pointe defeated Birmingham, 2-1, with Syd Hernalsteen and Jennifer Kusch scoring goals for the winners… Madison Byrne and Marisha Hackett did the scoring in the Michigan Icebreakers’ 2-0 win over Rochester. Gabby Wer got the shutout… Frankie Wojtylo had one goal and one assist in Mount Clemens 5-0 win over Rochester… Birmingham defeated the USA Wildflowers 3-2 with Frankie White-Levin scoring a goal and notching one assist… Jennifer Kusch scored the only goal in Grosse Pointe’s 1-0 win over Livonia… In the semifinals the Michigan Icebreakers got goals from Madeline Stichhaller, Jacquelin White, Kylie Armstrong, Jenna Taylor and Isabella Shrader, along with two assists from Shannon Shuit to beat Grosse Pointe 5-2… Leigh Farquhar scored three goals in the Wolves’ 11-1 win over the Livonia Knights in the other semifinal.

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The Keweenaw Peninsula is over 500 miles from Grand Rapids and a few thousand miles from Anaheim, California. But the long trip south from the Upper Peninsula didn’t stop the Keweenaw Storm from winning the MAHA Girls 16 and Under Tier 2 state title on March 6 at Grand Rapids’ Patterson Ice Center. In the championship game, the Storm took a 2-0 first period lead and edged the Michigan Icebreakers 3-2. Jessica Schlaff scored at 15:34 of the first period, unassisted while Selena Stromer converted at 14:16, assisted by Cassidy Rajala and Megan Yeo. The Icebreakers closed the gap at 8:38 of the first period on a power-play goal by Samantha Jenkins assisted by Allison Lowe, and the score stayed 2-1 after the first period. In the second period, Emilee Fremd scored for the Icebreakers, assisted by Mamie Talty to tie the game, 2-2. But Kenna Farrey broke the tie and notched what proved to be the winning goal for the Storm with 52 seconds left in the second period on the power play, assisted by Alexis Pyykonen and Jessica Schlaff. The Storm draws players from Calumet, Hancock and Houghton in the western Upper Peninsula’s Keweenaw Peninsula. Coach Glenn Patrick’s team went 5-0 on the weekend and has a record of 30-7-2. “It was a very tight and hard fought game,” Patrick said. “The Icebreakers played well. Our girls have been together for two years and were playing boys hockey until we got a girls team. We’ve been working two years with them and they’ve been phenomenal. They work hard. There are no egos on the team. They’re very unselfish. They have the skills and concepts necessary to be successful.” Holding a one-goal lead the Storm tightened up defensively in the final period. “In the third period, I thought we played very good. We played a system where we were trying not to give them any major chances without taking chances away from us,” Patrick said.“The girls did well. They’ve learned how to think the game and how to react. That was very evident in the third period. We did a very good job of sticking to our game plan.” The Storm improved all season long and put it all together in Grand Rapids. “Our goal was to be playing as good as hockey as possible by the end of the season,” Patrick said. “The girls worked hard enough to make that happen. It’s been their unselfishness.


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They do everything together. They’ve not worried about who scores the goals. We try to reward them for a good backcheck, good defensive plays, nice passes and all the little things. They’ve bought into that and congratulate each other when those things happen.” With a goal and an assist in the final, Schlaff was named the tournament MVP. “I’m really excited,” she said of the upcoming trip to the USA Hockey National Tournament in Anaheim. “This was our second year together. This feels really good.” Schlaff said passing, teamwork and communication have been keys behind the team’s success. “We’ve improved a lot,” she said. “Our passing has really improved. The championship game was the toughest and the Icebreakers were the hardest team we’ve played in this tournament.” The Icebreakers kept the pressure on in the final period but couldn’t get the equalizer. “We had a very successful year,” said Icebreakers coach Rick Murray. “We hoped to carry it right into the state tournament. We’ve had a little disappointment but I’m proud of the girls. They’re very disappointed. I thought they played a great game. They came up short.” “All of our girls played a great game. That game was a matter of a few bounces.”

GIRLS 16U TIER 2 NOTEBOOK During preliminary games in the five-team tournament, Bailey Raffaelli and Megan Yeo both had goals in leading Keweenaw over Mount Clemens 2-0… Jessica Schlaff had two goals in Keweenaw’s 3-2 nipping of the GRAHA Griffins… Kenna Farrey scored a goal and assist in Keweenaw’s 2-1 win over the Michigan Icebreakers… Schlaff scored three goals and Raffaelli added two in a 10-0 blanking over Livonia… Kara Scaturro had four goals in Grand Rapids’ 5-2 victory over the Livonia Knights… Mount Clemens beat Livonia 3-1 with Lauren Peterson and Abby Norman scoring power play goals for the winners… Michelle Kobylarek had two goals in Livonia’s 4-1 win over the USA Wildflowers… Lizzy Maleer had two assists in the Icebreakers 3-0 win over Mount Clemens… Kendall Cleary contributed three goals in the Icebreakers 7-3 win over Grand Rapids… The Icebreakers got three goals from Leah Elkins and two goals and one assist from Clary in an 8-0 win over the Livonia Knights…Sam Reno had four goals for the Griffins in an 8-0 win over Mount Clements.



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Marquette knocks off G-Force for Girls 19U state championship BY JOHN RAFFEL

After battling illness and making a 400-mile trip south to Grand Rapids, the Marquette AdvantEdge Training 19 and Under Girls team had a much more enjoyable trip back to the Upper Peninsula. Marquette went undefeated and won the MAHA Girls 19U Tier 2 state tournament title with a 4-1 win over G-Force on March 6 at the Grand Rapids’ Patterson Ice Center. After G-Force took a 1-0 lead in the final on a first period goal Macy Schultz, assisted by Emily Ledford, it was all Marquette. The U.P. squad took a 3-1 lead in the opening period on goals from Marlowe Pentecost (unassisted at 13:50), Haley Boroughf at 8:47, assisted by Kristen Iwanski and Abby Esbrook, who converted a pass from Boroughf with a minute to go in the period. Esbrook added a shorthanded goal at 12:52 of the third period, unassisted, to close out the scoring. Carley Maanika earned the win in the Marquette net. “They never quit and they really come together, not only as a team, but they’re like a family now,” said Marquette coach Laura Amenson. “We had some girls with the flu but they never stopped. Four girls had the flu this weekend. But they played with heart.” For Marquette, now 36-11-4 this season, Pentecost’s first goal not only tied the game it calmed the team down. “I knew as soon as we got that first goal it was just going to start rolling,” Amenson said. “There were so many nerves taking place prior to that. As soon as that one went in, it was like a switch, it kept going and going.” After a slow start to the season, Marquette quickly became tournament tested. “We won the Icebreaker Cup, the Ashland tournament and the league tournament,” Amenson said. “This team has turned into a tournament team. They bring it every single shift. Their motto is 150 percent every single shift.” With the five straight wins in Grand Rapids, Marquette earns a trip to the USA Hockey National Tournament in Anaheim, California, March 30 - April 3. “They’re beyond excited,” Amenson said. “There are four girls on this team that won the state championship in 2008 but there wasn’t a national tournament at that point. They’re excited to share that experience with the rest of the girls. This is a young group of girls. They’re probably some nerves but they’re shedding tears of joy.”

Amenson was happy with the entire state tournament weekend. “5-0, you can’t ask for anything better than that,” Amenson said, noting that her team only gave up four goals all weekend. Abby Esbrook was the tournament MVP. “Our team has heart, we come together so well, we’re like a family,” she said. “Getting to go to California is unbelievable. It’s going to be awesome, whatever happens.” Esbrook credits the fact that the squad came together as a team for their success. “A couple of us have been playing together for a while,” she said. “But in the beginning of the season, it was like people coming together from all over. It’s just remarkable that this happened.” Steve Tenwalde coaches the G-Force team that skates out of Midland. The G-Force also made it to the state title game last season. “We spent a lot of effort this (morning) playing Belle Tire,” Tenwalde said. “That was a very tough battle. I attribute a lot of (the effort in their last semifinal) to the loss. They’re devastated. Ten or 11 of them are moving on. This is their last year of playing. They really wanted this. “(Marquette) got the bounces for themselves and they cashed in on them. They skated hard. We’ve come a long way and I’m proud of them.”

GIRLS 19U TIER 2 NOTEBOOK In other 19U action in the seven-team tournament, Belle Tire, led by Karsyn Baker with four goals, defeated the Michigan Icebreakers 7-1…Marquette earned a 2-0 victory over G-Force with goals from Allison Carlson and Lauren Reckker… In Belle Tire’s 3-2 win over Traverse City, Mariah Tucker and Renee Wright had power play goals for the victors…Jaclyn Leiter and Alexis O’Connor had one goal apiece in the Michigan ice Dogs’2-1 win over Escanaba… Esbrook scored two goals and had one assist in a 5-1 win for Marquette over the Michigan Ice Dogs…Emily Ledford had one goal and one assist in her G-Force team’s 2-0 win over the Michigan Ice Dogs…Haley Boroughf had two goals in Marquette’s 5-2 win over Escanaba… Courtney Fitzgerald and Jessie Campbell had one goal and one assist apiece in Traverse City’s 3-0 win over the Michigan Icebreakers… Megan Zahn two goals in G-Force’s win over Escanaba 4-1.

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Squirt AA Midland Northstars bring home second straight MAHA state title



An overtime goal from Chase Pletzke gave the Squirt AA Midland Northstars a 2-1 win over the Novi Ice Cats, and their second straight MAHA state title, on March 6 at Pullar Stadium in S.S. Marie. Pletzke was named tournament MVP after his wrist shot from the high slot beat Novi goaltender Calijah Hunter three minutes into the extra period. Midland also needed triple OT to defeat Grosse Ile, 3-2, in the semifinals on a goal from Caleb Nieporte. “It felt like we were in a battle,” said Midland coach Brian Kischnick. “The whole tournament was a battle.” The two teams also met in last year’s MAHA Squirt A final, which Midland won 2-0. “Novi has an unbelievably talented team,” said Kischnick. “I am really proud of our kids. They played hard.” Despite the extended semifinal game, the Northstars came out flying in the final and created scoring chances right from the opening faceoff. Hunter, however, was up to the challenge as was able to keep the buzzing Midland team off the scoreboard and the first period ended in a scoreless tie. With defenseman Brendan Kischnick moving the puck up, the speedy Northstars started the second period with constant pressure on the Ice Cats. Midland finally broke through with 1:03 remaining in the period when Jonathon Baillargeon set up Nieporte with a perfect pass that he was able to put into a wideopen net to give Midland a 1-0 lead heading into the final period. The Ice Cats came out strong in the third period and controlled the play in the Midland end. Novi’s hard work paid off when Josh Nodler set-up Tyler Cooper with

a perfect pass that he was able to put into the back of the net. The tying goal came with 11:37 left to play in regulation. Novi kept up the pressure and forced Midland goaltender Jeremy Slasor to come up with several good stops, including a glove save from point blank range with 3:07 left in regulation, to keep the score knotted, 1-1. Midland hit the post with seconds left but the puck stayed out of the net and the game went into overtime. In the extra period, Midland kept up the momentum and Pletzke’s shot set off a big celebration from the Northstars’ bench. “To win a state title you have to work hard and get lucky and both things happened,” said Kischnick. Novi won the competitive District 4 title and had to fight to get into the state championship game, defeating a tough Oakland Jr. Grizzlies team 5-3 in the semifinals. “We had a great group of players and parents this year,” said Novi assistant coach Keith Suggs. “The kids set a goal of getting back to the state tournament and winning and we came as close as you can get. Our kids worked hard all year and

we’re all proud of them.”

SQUIRT AA NOTEBOOK Nick Councilor had a pair of goals for the Oakland Jr. Grizzlies in their 6-4 win over the host Woolever Blades. Bobby Price scored a hat trick and teammate Warner Young added a goal for the Blades in the loss… Marquette Sentinels’ Nate Bordson had a pair of goals in his team’s 5-3 triumph over the Thunder Bay Wrecks…Brett Best scored the lone goal of the game in the Oakland Jr. Grizzlies 1-0 win over Thunder Bay…Dylan Wendt had a goal and an assist while teammate Braxton Wert had a pair of helpers in the Holland Ice Dogs 7-1 win over the Woolever Blades. Bobby Price scored the lone goal in the loss…Grosse Ile Islanders Jordan Cormier had two goals in his team’s 8-3 win over the Thunder Bay Wrecks. Dean Schmanski had a goal and an assist while teammate Sam Lechel had a pair of helpers for the Wrecks in the loss… Blake Petterle had a pair of helpers in the Grosse Ile Islanders 5-4 triumph over the Marquette Sentinels. Luke Beerman had a two-goal effort for the Sentinels in the loss.

Friday, March 18th Grosse Pointe Community Rink 7:00-8:30 PM Sunday, March 20th McCann Ice Arena at University Liggett 9:30-11:00 AM $15.00 per skate

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2011 SPRING TRAVEL TRYOUTS Lakeland Arena, 7330 Highland Road Waterford, MI 48327

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Farmington Hills rolls to Bantam A state title


Riding a 20-game unbeaten streak heading into the MAHA state tournament, the Farmington Flames were the favorites to bag the Bantam A title. The Flames came through and extended their winning streak to 25 games with an undefeated run at the state tournament that included a 4-0 shutout of the Grand Rapids Griffins, 4-0, in the final on March 13 at Orchard Lake St. Mary’s Arena. Forward Ryan Burnett earned tournament MVP honors after recording a natural-hat trick in the Flames’ victory. Forward Zach Vitkuske also had a big night, notching assists on all three of Burnett’s goals. “We moved the puck well and got at them early,”Farmington head coach Greg Abraham said. “Ryan was getting pucks from Zach all night.We worked that all night long and it really paid off.” Burnett missed nearly three months nursing a pulled hamstring and was cleared to play a week before the state tournament. “The timing was perfect,” Abraham said. “He’s been really struggling through the injury and fighting through it. It’s good to see all his hard work pay off.” Farmington outscored opponents 32-7 in the tournament, but in the championship game, the Flames’ started slowly. Both teams exchanged several chances throughout the first period before Alex Wood put Farmington on the board with 1:19 remaining in the opening frame. Grand Rapids opened the second period on the power play and was able to get the puck to the net, but Farmington goaltender Chance Boutin held strong en route to the shutout. “Both Chance and Spencer (Wright) have been phenomenal this year,” Abraham said. “It’s great to have two number one goalies. It’s tough to pick which one to go in a championship game because they are both doing well. We knew either one would do a great job.” Burnett notched a short-handed goal at 11:59 of the second period after he forced a defensive-zone turnover to make it 2-0. Just after Boutin made a great save on Grand Rapids forward Luke Schultz to preserve the two-goal lead, Burnett walked in on Grand Rapids goaltender Mitchell Maier and put a backhand into the top of the net to give the Griffins a three-goal cushion. After hitting the crossbar early in the final period, Burnett connected again late in the game for his hat trick and a 4-0 lead. Boutin made several phenomenal saves down the stretch,

as Grand Rapids generated several quality chances on the power play late. “Sometimes the bounces just don’t go your way,” Grand Rapides head coach Darrell Newman said. “They kept trying and they kept shooting. They worked until the very end. But Farmington is a great team.” After the game, Newman told his team to keep their heads up. “They did a great job all year long,” Newman said. “They did everything I asked them to do and worked hard. I told them not to be ashamed because we accomplished a lot of our goals this year.” The win capped off an impressive season for the Flames, who boast a 43-5-3 overall record. “It’s been an unbelievable season because we’ve had a locker room of 17 kids that love each other,” Abraham said. “They’ve grown together as brothers and that was the message tonight.”

BANTAM A NOTEBOOK In the first semifinal, Grand Rapids defeated Belle Tire, 5-2, with Patrick Lunt recording a pair of goals for the Griffins… Rochester’s Mark Rogers scored two goals and added an assist in the Rattlers 6-3 loss to Farmington in the other semi… Phillip Pugliese had both Trenton Trojans goals in a 7-2 loss to Farmington…Devan Bayne scored the lone goal for the Saginaw Badgers in a 3-1 loss to Grand Rapids… The Traverse City North Stars jumped out to a 2-0 lead against Belle Tire with Erik Anton and Ryan Roehler tallying goals, but Belle Tire rattled off six unanswered goals to claim a 6-2 win… Luke Schultz had four goals for Grand Rapids in a 7-1 win over Orchard Lake… Goaltender Spencer Wright earned a shutout in Farmington’s 12-0 win against Traverse City. … Quinn Preston scored both goals for Trenton as they skated to a 2-2 tie with Belle Tire. Jacob Jennings and Rich Corso scored for Belle Tire… Orchard Lake and Saginaw skated to a 2-2 tie with Corbin Bayne scoring both goals for Saginaw. Jake Chapie and Nicholas Primeau-Pappas scored for the Pirates in the loss… Joey Vassallo scored two goals to help Rochester storm back from a three-goal deficit and earn a 3-3 tie against Grand Rapids. … Farmington’s Nikolai Vindinovski recorded a goal and an assist in a 3-2 win against Belle Tire. … Zack Galecki had two goals for Trenton as they defeated Traverse City, 6-2.


MAHA State Tournaments


Summit knocks off Allen Park in 2OT for Midget A state championship BY JOHN RAFFEL

Summit Plastics’ Cameron Cooper was at the right place at the right time – and his game winning goal with 10 seconds left in double overtime gave his team 3-2 victory over the Allen Park Huskies and the MAHA Midget A state title on March 13 at Suburban Ice East Lansing. Cooper’s powerplay goal was set up by Quinn Warnack and Lucas Schomer. “It was the end of a shift for me,” Cooper said. “I thought about going off and I just kept going. The puck came back and I let one go. I got lucky and it went in.” Summit built a 2-0 lead before the Huskies came back to tie it in the third period. Jack Aliotta opened the scoring for Summit at 2:53 of the second period, assisted by Brian Ziola, and went ahead 2-0 at 10:45 of the third period when Sly Sutter scored, assisted by Jacob Howie and Cooper on the power play. But Allen Park responded with two third period goals. Mike Williams scored with 8:30 to play, assisted by Andrew Benyo, while Luke Brithinee put in the game-tying goal at 3:47, assisted by Aaron Kozuh. Despite losing a 2-0 lead, “we didn’t panic too much,” Cooper said. “We battled back all year. This was a testament to all that. Now we get a chance to go to Virginia (for the USA Hockey National Tournament).” When Allen Park was called for a penalty with 1:14 left in overtime “the first power play unit stepped up and we knew it was a chance to end it,” said Cooper. Summit goalie Cameron Johnson earned MVP honors with 36 saves. “It feels awesome, but it hasn’t really sunk in yet,”he smiled. “I kept my head in the game and kept going. “They’re a good team. They’re No. 1 in the nation. It’s always a good game when we play them. We’re 2-2. They beat us in league play but we beat them in Silver Sticks and states. We’ve beaten them when it matters.” Summit is 56-7-4 after going 5-0 for the weekend. “They have the best team in the country,” Summit coach Steve Glover said. “We were up 2-0 and we knew the game wasn’t over. They’ve come back many times. They’re just a class hockey team. We’ve worked so hard and have chased

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them all year. They’ve been No. 1 all year and we’ve always had the desire to beat them.” On the winning goal, “it was set up to our shooter on the point,” Glover said. “We were making a line change on it.” Looking ahead to nationals, “we’re hoping to win it,” Glover said.“This will be our third time there in the last four years with our coaching staff and the first time with this group.” Allen Park fell to 60-7-4. “The kid made a real nice shot on the power play,” Huskies coach John Brithinee said. “We have a strong, very talented team. They never quit.”

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MIDGET A NOTEBOOK In early round action, the Flint Phantoms defeated West Kent, 3-1. Will McArdie, Nate Richards and Josh Richards scored goals for Flint…Summit Plastics beat Lansing Capitals, 16-0, behind hat tricks from Brian Ziola and Quinn Warsnack and four goals from Brandon Hawkins… Oakland Junior Grizzlies beat Kensington Valley, 8-4. Walker Bass was the winning goalie and James Nahikian had a hat trick and Dino Balsamo had two assists. JD Byrne had two goals for the Rebels…Summit beat Flint Phantoms, 8-1, behind Brandon Hawkins hat trick andTyler Belfry’s two goals and two assists…. Allen Park blanked Port Huron 7-0, led by Luke Brithinee with three goals… Allen Park also beat Kensington Valley, 6-1, as Brian Bachnak had three goals and Mike Williams added two assists… West Kent beat the Lansing Capitals, 11-2, as Collin Finkhouse scored three goals for the winners…The Junior Grizzlies beat the Port Huron Flags 8-2. James Nahikian scored two goals and one assist for the Grizzlies. Jimmy Harten had a goal and two assists… Lansing blanked the Flint Phantoms 11-0. Chris Mueller led the winners with three goals and one assist… Allen Park blanked the Oakland 9-0 as Brian Bachnak had two goals and an assist…Port Huron upended Kensington Valley, 6-1, as Erik Gouin scored two goals for the winners… In semifinal action, Hawkins scored a hat trick while Jack Allotta and Sly Sutter had two goals apiece in Summit’s 7-5 win over Oakland, who got two goals apiece from James Nahkian and Frank Saputo… In the other semifinal, Brian Bachnak and Nick Mann scored goals to lead Allen Park past the Flint Phantoms 2-1.

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MAHA State Tournaments

O’Leary Hawks beat Troy Ices for the MAHA Women’s Senior B state title

Troy holds off Eagles for Midget AA state title BY LARRY O’CONNOR

Led by tournament MVP Zachary Bourcier’s two goals, the Troy Sting outlasted the USA Eagles, 5-3, in the MAHA Midget AA final on March 13 at The Summit at Capital Centre in Dimondale. Defenseman Josh Turkaly’s power-play goal at 3:46 of the second period held up as the game-winner and Addison Batson picked up the win in net. The win earns the Sting a trip to USA Hockey National Tournament in Cleveland, March 30 - April 3. “They wanted it in the worst way,” said Troy Sting Coach Fred Costello, who collected his fourth state title as a coach. “They worked hard for this and really put their minds to it. I told them all year, ‘If you believe, you can achieve.’” Due to an Eagles’valiant comeback, the Sting’s achievement waited until the final whistle. The Sting rolled out to a 4-1 lead before USA replied with goals by Jeff Clark and Anthony Terzo to make it a one-goal contest in the third period. John James opened USA Eagles’ account with a goal on a high wrist shot with 9:14 left in the first period. Nick Hartmann drew an assist on the tally, which knotted the tussle at 1-1. USA went 0 for 8 on the power play and in the second period couldn’t mount a serious attack while on a 5-on-3 man-advantage for over a minute. USA’s Clark then made his own luck, stealing the puck in the neutral zone and bearing down on goal where he scored on a deftly executed backhand. The unassisted goal came with 2:21 left in the second frame, igniting the Eagles’ comeback effort. Terzo then pounced on a rebound off the post for USA’s third goal. “We’re a blue collar team; We keep plugging away and never give up,” said USA Eagles coach Troy Barron, whose team beat Rochester, 3-1, in the semifinal. “We teach mental toughness and they were tough right until the end.” The Eagles continued to press in the third period, but the Sting’s Derek Compeau’s backhand shot with 5:54 left restored Troy’s two-goal lead. Bourcier and Justin Fisher drew assists. The Sting’s went 2-1 in pool play, downing Battle Creek Bruins, 9-6, and Michigan Blues, 3-2, but losing to Rochester, 3-2, in a game where Rattlers’ goalie Brian Vandercruyssen made a Herculean 70 saves . In the semifinals, the Troy knocked off a Westland squad, 6-1, that went 3-0 in divisional play. The Sting were led by Ian Teal’s two goals and Jeffrey Kuhary scored Westland’s lone goal while Matthew Rodgers, Compeau, Fisher and Turkaly


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accounted for the Sting’s other markers. Bourcier carried the momentum into the title game, scoring on a slap shot 2:27 into the contest. “I just saw an opening in between (the defenseman’s) legs and thought, ‘Why not shoot it? The goalie could be screened.’ It hit the post and went in,” Bourcier said. With 5:32 left in the first, Bourcier broke in on goal, toedragged and roofed a wrist shot upstairs. Doug Andrews netted the Sting’s third goal on a wrist shot from the left circle. Myles Burrough and Turkaly assisted on the goal, which came with 3:37 left in the opening frame. Andrews and Turkaly were two of a handful of players the Sting added to reverse course during the regular season. Ryan Griggs, who scored two goals, including the game-winner, in the Sting’s 9-6 victory over Battle Creek earlier in the tournament, and Ybarra were other key additions, Costello said. The Sting head coach credited assistants Andy Olesky and Rick Pascany for the successful title quest. “Everybody worked hard to get to one common goal,” Costello said.


The O’Leary Hawks got goals from seven different players and cruised to their fifth straight MAHA Women’s state title with a 7-1 victory over the Troy Ices on February 27 at the Taylor Sportsplex. “Our forechecking was outstanding, and it was nice to see all three lines contribute,” said Hawks’ coach Andrea Layman. O’Leary showed their depth after losing three players to injuries and three players to pregnancy, including their starting goaltender. Goalies Rachel Roach and Lily Pritula joined the Hawks this season. “Seeing Roach and Lily step it up in playoffs was exactly what we needed,” said Layman. The Hawks shutout Mission, 3-0, Belle Tire, 2-0, and the Ices, 3-0, in the preliminary round. “With more girls playing after college, the competition level gets stronger each year,” said Hawks forward Vicki Crimmins. “You can’t take anything for granted.” O’Leary opened the scoring at 2:56 into the first period when Sara Sharp rifled one past Ices’ goaltender Connie Lasher. A minute later, a beautifully executed tic-tac-toe play from the Hawks’ Carrie Sirola and Kelly Hamilton ended with Crimmins firing the puck over the right shoulder of Lasher. O’Leary kept the pressure on and a goal from Kelly Cahill made it 3-0, with assists from Melanie Beaulieu and Kim Kelemen. “We worked hard the whole tournament and did the little things well, and fortunately it paid off,” said Crimmins. The Ices didn’t quit as Kelly Gittelman poke checked the puck from Amy Cauzillo and found the back of the net, assisted by Nicole Betz, to make it 3-1 with 5:39 left in the opening period.

Rochester Rattlers’Joshua Blum scored two goals, including the game-winner, in the team’s 3-2 victory over the eventual state champs. Harry Lewis snagged the other Rattlers goal… Rochester also blanked the Michigan Blues, 3-0, with goals from Anthony Bonanni, Lewis and Blum. Brian Vandercruyssen earned the shutout in goal…Westland Warriors Bryan Hubbs’ had a five-goal outburst in an 8-2 win over the St. Ignace Firehawks. Robert Rech, Jeffrey Kuhary, Joseph Stanley also scored for the Warriors while Patrick Sweeney and Thomas Robbins replied for the Firehawks, who finished 1-2… St. Ignace’s lone win came in a 3-2 victory over the Alpena Flyers with Caleb Radtke, Anthony Laakonen and Ryan Marshall scoring. Aaron Golbeck and Aaron Senchuk netted goals for Alpena, which finished 0-3… Battle Creek’s 2-1 run included a thrilling 4-3 shootout victory over the Michigan Blues. Kory Pherson, Cody Edwards and Trevor Clark scored for the Bruins in regulation. Blake Gromek led the Blues with two goals while Garret Benoit’s tally with 9:45 left tied the game. In the shootout, the Bruins’ JT English, Hugh Ingalls, Clark and Edwards converted. Mike Payne, Christo Papaioannou and Gromark netted the Blues’ markers in the shootout.

After that, it was all Hawks as captain Carrie Sirola and Melanie Beaulieu added second period goals, and Nicole Falardeau and Michelle Saunders closed out the scoring in the final period. Assists went to Kelly Hamilton, Crimmins, Suzie Pocock, Crystal Miotke and Wendy Stibitz. “The work ethic on this team is amazing,” says Hamilton. “The teamwork and camaraderie is what keeps us strong.” While Team Ices came up short against the Hawks in both tournament games, they beat Belle Tire, 9-1, and Mission, 4-2, to reach the final game. “Ices are a strong team,” Crimmins said. “We always have a good, physical game with them. I think Michigan will be well represented at Nationals.” Both teams will advance to the USA Hockey National Tournament, April 1-3, at the Onyx Rochester Arena and Suburban Ice Macomb. Despite their previous years of success, the Hawks aren’t taking anything for granted. “Every game will be a battle,” said Sirola, “It takes six wins in three days and that takes a lot out of you. Our goal is for everybody to work out hard for the next month, and come back as National Champs.” The O’Leary Hawks are: Melanie Beaulieu, Dori Borden, Kelly Cahill, Rhonda Carveth, Amy Cauzillo, Vicki Crimmins, Nicole Falardeau, Kelly Hamilton, Tonya Hazzard, Kim Kelemen, Crystal Miotke, Suzie Pocock, Lily Pritula, Rachel Roach, Allison Rutledge, Michelle Saunders, Sara Sharp, Carrie Sirola, Wendy Stibitz and Marcie Walker. Head coach is Andrea Layman and assistant coaches are Devin Crimmins and Amy Pattie.

MICHIGAN TEAM RANKINGS AS OF MARCH 16, 2011 Rank Midget Major Record 1..........Honeybaked 18U AAA ...................41-14-13 2..........Compuware 18U AAA....................39-14-18 3..........Belle Tire 18U AAA ........................31-25-7 4..........Victory Honda 18U AAA ................36-17-15 5..........Lansing Capitals 18U AAA .............37-17-3 6..........Little Caesars 18U AAA ..................30-29-8 7..........Detroit Falcons 18U AAA ...............29-24-2 8..........Lansing CC Pride 18U AAA.............30-23-5 9..........West Michigan Hounds 18U AAA ..28-26-3 10........Marquette Electricians 18U AAA ...15-34-7 Rank Midget Minor Record 1..........Honeybaked 16U AAA ...................54-2-2 2..........Little Caesars 16U AAA ..................37-10-3 3..........Belle Tire 16U AAA ........................26-23-12 4..........Compuware 16U AAA....................29-26-3 5..........Motor City Metal Jackets 16U AAA 38-11-5 6..........Victory Honda 16U AAA ................26-27-10 7..........Detroit Falcons 16U AAA ...............17-20-1 8..........Lansing Capitals 16U AAA .............7-36-1 9..........West Michigan Hounds 16U AAA ..8-34-3 10........Belle Tire Selects 16U AAA ............8-29-3 Rank Bantam Major Record 1..........Belle Tire 96 AAA...........................57-5-4 2..........Little Caesars 96 AAA ....................37-21-4 3..........Honeybaked 96 AAA .....................24-27-7 4..........Victory Honda 96 AAA...................24-25-11 5..........Compuware 96 AAA ......................17-30-8 6..........MC Metal Jackets Grizzlies 96 AAA 35-15-1 7..........West Michigan Hounds 96 AAA.....7-31-2 8..........Lansing Capitals 96 AAA ...............6-40-2 Rank Bantam Minor Record 1..........Compuware 97 AAA ......................56-8-9 2..........Little Caesars 97 AAA ....................43-16-7 3..........Honeybaked 97 AAA .....................31-14-5 4..........Belle Tire 97 AAA...........................27-18-11 5..........PK Warriors 97 AAA .......................18-23-1 6..........Victory Honda 97 AAA...................7-37-6 Rank Pee Wee Major Record 1..........Little Caesars 98 AAA ....................49-4-5 2..........Honeybaked 98 AAA .....................44-8-6 3..........Compuware 98 AAA ......................29-14-7 4..........Victory Honda 98 AAA...................21-29-3 5..........Belle Tire 98 AAA...........................13-28-6

Rank Pee Wee Minor Record 1..........Little Caesars 99 AAA ....................52-9-2 2..........Compuware 99 AAA ......................41-24-4 3..........Honeybaked 99 AAA .....................35-24-3 4..........Belle Tire 99 AAA...........................22-29-9 5..........Victory Honda 99 AAA...................15-36-9 Rank Squirt Major Record 1..........Little Caesars 00 AAA ....................52-4-3 2..........Honeybaked 00 AAA .....................46-13-9 3..........Compuware 00 AAA ......................28-28-4 4..........Victory Honda 00 AAA...................19-29-8 5..........Belle Tire 00 AAA...........................6-35-10 Rank Squirt Minor Record 1..........Little Caesars (North) 01 AAA........49-6-4 2..........Honeybaked 01 AAA .....................36-13-2 3..........Belle Tire 01 AAA...........................21-16-3 4..........Little Caesars (South) 01 AAA .......19-21-5 5..........Compuware 01 AAA ......................17-27-5 6..........Victory Honda 01 AAA...................8-28-3 Rank Midget AA Record 1..........St Clair Shores Saints 18U AA ........47-6-3 2..........Troy Sting 18U AA .........................35-20-8 3..........USA Eagles 18U AA .......................27-28-4 4..........Michigan Blues 18U AA .................18-18-6 5..........Westland Warriors 18U AA ............10-11-1 6..........Battle Creek Bruins 18U AA ...........19-7-3 7..........Plymouth Stingrays 18U AA ..........18-7-2 8..........Rochester Rattlers 18U AA ............12-28-2 9..........Alpena Flyers 18U AA ....................11-23-3 10........St Ignace Firehawks 18U AA..........15-15-4

Rank Bantam AA Record 1..........Rochester Rattlers 96 AA...............37-10-7 2..........St Clair Shores Saints 96 AA ..........31-17-5 3..........Trenton Thunder 96 AA .................37-13-4 4..........Farmington Hills Fire 96 AA...........27-16-5 5..........Midland North Stars 96 AA ...........26-19-4 6..........K. V. Renegades 96 AA ..................23-18-8 7..........Livonia Knights 96 AA ...................24-17-2 8..........Oakland Jr Grizzlies 96 AA .............22-17-5 9..........Kentwood Falcons 96 AA...............31-16-4 10........Lakeland Hawks 96 AA..................24-19-4 Rank Bantam A Record 1..........Farmington Hills Flames 97 A .......48-6-3 2..........Suburban Stars 97 A .....................31-13-5 3..........West Kent Hawks 97 A ..................35-20-3 4..........Belle Tire South 97 A .....................36-21-7 5..........Rochester Rattlers 97 A .................34-17-5 6..........Trenton 97 A .................................27-16-9 7..........Michigan Ice Hawks 97 A ..............34-22-8 8..........Grand Rapids Griffins 97 A ............27-21-11 9..........Oakland Jr Grizzlies 97 A ...............15-27-8 10........Fraser Falcons 97 A........................22-20-6 Rank Pee Wee AA Record 1..........Holland Ice Dogs 98 AA .................43-7-3 2..........Novi Ice Cats 98 AA........................40-15-5 3..........Allen Park Huskies 98 AA ..............45-12-6 4..........Plymouth Stingrays 98 AA ............45-12-9 5..........Grosse Pointe Bulldogs 98 AA .......26-19-5 6..........Midland North Stars 98 AA ...........37-17-5 7..........Traverse City Dave Harveys 98 AA..32-10-3 8..........Grand Rapids Griffins 98 AA ..........35-19-1 9..........Trenton Trojans 98 AA ...................26-18-9 10........Soo Jr Lakers 98 AA .......................14-9-4

Rank Midget A Record Rank Pee Wee A Record 1..........Allen Park Huskies 16U A ..............60-6-3 1..........USA Eagles 99 A ............................46-8-7 2..........Summit Plastics 16U A ..................55-7-4 2..........Troy Sting 99 A ..............................40-17-5 3..........West Kent Hawks 16U A ................34-16-4 3..........Grand Rapids Griffins 99 A ............36-16-7 4..........Oakland Jr Grizzlies 16U A.............24-23-8 4..........Livonia Knights 99 A .....................26-16-6 5..........Suburban Stars 99 A .....................27-15-4 5..........Flint Phantoms 16U A ...................25-17-7 6..........Ann Arbor Wolves 99 A .................32-17-8 6..........Mt Clemens Wolves 16U A.............28-20-5 7..........K. V. Rebels 99 A............................29-20-5 7..........Lansing CC Pride 16U A .................23-21-7 8..........Holland Ice Dogs 99 A ...................33-19-3 8..........Belle Tire Taylor 16U A...................12-24-3 9..........St Clair Shores Saints 99 A.............21-12-8 9..........K. V. Rebels 16U A .........................32-16-3 MYHOCKEYRANKINGS.COM 10........Oakland Jr Grizzlies 99 A ...............17-21-12 10........Rochester Rattlers 16U A ..............19-12-6 FOR NATIONAL RANKINGS


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Grosse Pointe South claims Girls state title BY BOB ST. JOHN

The Grosse Pointe Blue Devils, playing in their fourth straight Michigan Metro Girls High School Hockey League state championship game, avenged last year’s double-overtime loss to Cranbrook-Kingswood by blasting Ann Arbor, 6-2, in the 2011 state final on March 13 at Eddie Edgar Arena. Junior Claire Boyle had a hat trick to lead the Blue Devils, which used a three-goal second period to bury the Pioneers. “I’m happy for the girls,”South head coach Joe Provenzano said. “All the hard work they put in this season paid off in the end.” The Pioneers, playing in their third state title game in their seven-year history under head coach Lon Grantham, scored first when junior Julia Franceschi tallied at the 10:53 mark of the opening period as senior Emy Guttman netted an assist. Boyle evened the game with a goal at the 6:33 mark. Senior Dylan McColl had the lone assist. The Blue Devils grabbed total control of the game by scoring three second-period goals, including Boyle’s second of the contest just 40 seconds into the stanza. Once again McColl had the assist. “I told the girls they had to play smart, defensive hockey because Ann Arbor is quick and they can get around the corner and put the puck in the net, like they did the last time they played us (a 5-2 defeat),” Provenzano said. “We held our own and really played well in the final two periods. We didn’t give Ann Arbor much room on the ice to use their quickness.” Ann Arbor had two powerplay chances in the middle period, but the Norsemen were good defensively and sophomore goalie Anastasia Diamond came up with several good saves to keep the Pioneers off the board. Blue Devils’ senior Elizabeth Clem scored what turned out to be the winning goal at the 5:36 mark with sophomore Allison Daudlin collecting an assist. Senior Andrea Marshall put the finishing touches on the three-goal outburst, scoring at the 4:18 mark to make it a 4-1 Blue Devils lead. Boyle completed her hat trick with a goal at the 12:45 mark of the third period and Marshall scored an empty-net, shorthanded goal with 42.2 seconds left in the game. In between Blue Devil goals, the Pioneers got their final tally when senior Hannah Bogard scored, with freshman Paulina Arsenault assisting. Diamond, 3-0 in her playoff career, stopped 21-of-23 shots, while Ann Arbor junior Sydney Supica stopped 20-of-25 shots. Grosse Pointe South finished the season 19-3-1, while Ann Arbor was 16-7. The names of South’s players going on the championship trophy are seniors Dylan McColl, Andrea Marshall, Christine Daudlin, Elizabeth Clem, Dana Davenport, Chantal Chuba, Hayley Altshuler and Lorna Burns; juniors Marissa Monforton, Melissa Klinger, Cara Monforton and Claire Boyle; sophomores Sam Taylor, Meghan Polack, Allison Daudlin, Darian Dempsey, Gabby Hartman and Anastasia Diamond; and freshmen Anne Crowley and Tenley Shield. South advanced to the finals with a dominating 4-0 victory over Northville in the


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first semifinal after the Mustangs shocked the defending state champion Cranbrook Cranes, 3-1, in the quarterfinals. “The biggest thing we talked about before the game was putting pressure on Northville early since they came into the game with all the momentum after upsetting Cranbrook,” Provenzano said. “I thought we did a good job of coming out with a lot of energy and we had them on their heels.” Boyle scored two first-period goals in a two-minute span, giving the Blue Devils a 2-0 lead. Marshall and Shield assisted the first goal and Shield had the lone assist on the second. Burns scored at the 6:24 mark of the second period with Cara Monforton and Clem drawing assists and Boyle put an exclamation mark on the semifinal win by scoring her third goal to get a hat trick. Boyle’s goal came short-handed at the 10:05 mark. McColl had the assist. After that, the Blue Devils’ defense completely shut down the Mustangs’ offense, limiting them to only eight shots in the game, including one in the final period. Diamond played well in net, making a couple of key saves in the second period to preserve the shutout. “Anastasia played very and those big saves in the second period prevented Northville from making it a closer game,” Provenzano said. “We had to get better defensively and the girls have done that after Ann Arbor put five goals on us.” The all Grosse Pointe state championship game never materialized after Grosse Pointe North lost 2-1 to Ann Arbor in the second semifinal. “We outshot them by more than a 2-to-1 margin (25 to 11) and carried the play in their zone nearly the entire game, but somehow lost,” North head coach Scott Dockett said. “It’s disappointing because we had every opportunity to win this game, but we couldn’t bury the loose pucks in front of their net. “I think we were the better team, but didn’t win.” The Norsemen have made the semifinals each year under Dockett, but once again came up short. Last year North was outplayed by eventual state champ Cranbrook, but not this time. The Norsemen were ready to play and provided enough shots on net to win. Unfortunately, the rebounds Supica gave up on most of the 25 shots were never buried in the back of the net. “We won games this year when we buried those rebounds,” Dockett said. “They just got to every loose puck and took advantage of their opportunities.” The Pioneers scored at the 5:13 mark of the second period and added what turned out to be the winning goal at the 9:54 mark of the third stanza when the puck was poked under junior goaltender Emma Huellmantel’s pads. Senior Taylor Moody scored a power play goal at the 5:24 mark to make it a tight game down the stretch, but the Norsemen could never get the equalizer. Grosse Pointe North ended its season 19-4-1 overall; Northville ended its campaign 11-10-1.

Player Sydney Sakwa Caley Chelios Kailey Sickmiller Jennifer Cusmano Maddie Van Antwerp Amanda Schimpke Claire Boyle Megan Bergeron Rachel Freeman Andrea Marshall Lauren Grigg Haleigh Bolton Sierra Kett Elizabeth Clem Sara Villani Emy Guttman Marissa Monforton Hannah Pereira Jenny Rohn Taylor Moody Julia Franceschi Amanda Heisler


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The Ann Arbor Pioneers, and leading scorer Rachel Freeman, lost to the Blue Devils in the state final on March 13.

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Debate over Public, Private High School separation continues

If a group of public high school coaches and athletic directors that is pushing for separate public and private MHSAA state tournaments has their way, games like this year’s Division 1 final between Novi and Orchard Lake St. Mary’s wouldn’t happen again. BY RYAN DOHERTY

One side says it’s all about a level playing field, while the other contends the field looks pretty even from their side of the fence. The hot button issue is the continued push by a group of Michigan public high school coaches and athletic directors to create separate private high school and public school state tournaments for hockey - and also for all of Michigan’s high school sports. The group of public school coaches and athletic directors believe that Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) rules favor private schools and put public schools at a disadvantage. “The private school business model is different from the public school business model,”said Novi High School coach Todd Krygier, a driving force behind the initiative. “Private schools use their athletic programs to attract student athletes. Private schools have done a great job of managing their programs, but their business model is set against us.” Advocates on the public school side contend that private schools can draw student athletes from all over the state, even the country, while public schools are limited to the student athletes in their school districts. “I don’t care if they recruit, because the rules allow it,” said Krygier. “But that’s not the business model the public schools have. “I am not accusing the private schools of wrongdoing, I am just recognizing the fact that their business model is run off the back of a public school system that is at a competitive disadvantage,” he continued. “And when they beat us on the playing field, they use that against us to say their programs are better.” Former East Kentwood High School coach Ron Baum knows what the group of public school coaches and administrators is talking about. In his 35 seasons behind the East Kentwood bench, Baum led the Falcons to 14 state tournament final fours and one state title in 1990. “And 12 out of the other 13 times, we were knocked out by a private school,” said Baum. “How equitable is that?”

ECONOMIC ISSUES An element of the debate is the fact that public schools lose tax revenue when student-athletes leave their public school district to attend private schools. And the group of public school coaches behind the initiative feel that private schools are using their athletic success to attract those student athletes. “What they say is‘we win state championships, we have better programs, we have better schools’ and they do it with an unfair playing field,” said Krygier. “The reality is that I can’t leave my zip code (for players) and I can’t do the same things they can do.” While some public school systems like Howell and Brighton have School of Choice or Open Admission, others like Trenton, Novi, Farmington and Livonia do not. And school of choice is academic-based, not athletic-based. “So you can’t just say ‘I want to go to this school because they have a better sports

team,’” said Krygier. “There has to be room and an academic basis for it.” Novi High School athletic director Curt Ellis helped prepare a position statement to the Michigan Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (MIAAA) to request that the issue be a topic of discussion at the MIAAA conference in Traverse City on March 19. That request was voted on and approved by the MIAAA board and Ellis is glad with the outcome. “They (MIAAA) felt like it was worthy of discussion, but because we talk about it doesn’t mean there’s going to be widespread support for it though,” added Ellis. According to Detroit Catholic Central coach Todd Johnson, the public school coaches and athletic directors “are not going about this the right way.” “As far as I know after my discussions with the MHSAA, this isn’t even close to being an issue,” added Johnson. “They’re not going to do it for one sport, they’re not going to do it across the board, and there aren’t enough private schools.” Ellis disagrees. “The MHSAA has for years has stated that its one of their fundamental beliefs that they are simply going to do what their member schools ask them to do,” said Ellis, who has worked at both private and public schools in Michigan. Eventually a formal proposal could be submitted to the MHSAA, who has the final authority when it comes to establishing playing rules in the state. “It’s an issue that every state association has dealt with one way or another over the years,” said MHSAA assistant director Randy Allen. “Our school administrators which run our schools, our executive director, our associate director and our representative council deal with those kinds of issues as they are brought forward. That would be something that moves through our process and debate.” Longtime Trenton head coach Mike Turner has been involved first hand with that MHSAA process in the past. “If the MHSAA is going to do anything, you have to go through the proper channels – the coach’s association, the state hockey committee and the representative council,” said Turner. “From what I’ve seen, they haven’t done that.”

PLAYING THE BEST Scheduling this year’s inaugural Harrow Michigan Public High School Showcase on the same weekend as the MIHL Prep Showcase in Trenton meant that several schools, including Brighton, Novi, Farmington, Livonia Churchill and Clarkston, that had played in Trenton in previous seasons competed this year at the MPHSS in Chelsea. “And until there is change, I’ve suggested that the public schools should not schedule any private schools in the regular season,” said Krygier. That doesn’t make sense to Dan Berry, coach of Warren De La Salle and the outgoing president of the Michigan High School Hockey Coach’s Association. “Playing against the best teams is going to make my program better. I want

to play the best of the best all season long to get ready for the playoffs,” he said. “Even if I coached at a public school, I would still want to play the Catholic Centrals, the Cranbrooks and the De La Salles because they are going to make me better.” Krygier’s argument is that “it’s all relative.” “I wouldn’t take my AAA team and play in the AA state tournament,” he said. “The AA state championships are not tainted because the AAA teams do not play in those championships.” Trenton’sTurner believes that scheduling the Michigan Public High School Showcase on the same weekend as the MIHL Showcase drew attention to the public school’s cause. “(The public school group) wanted to make a statement,” he said. “But that’s not the way it gets done in Lansing.” And Turner’s players“want to play those better teams,”he said.“We pride ourselves on being able to compete against them. And our schedule would look a little thin without them.”

WHAT ADVANTAGE? Results of the 2011 MHSAA state tournament in which two public schools - Novi (Division 1) and Wyandotte (Division 2) - won titles, while another - Calumet (Division 3) - made it to the final at Compuware Arena have private school coaches wondering where is that competitive advantage. “Novi beat (Detroit) Catholic Central in the playoffs, and with Novi and Wyandotte winning state titles their argument just went out the door,” said Berry. “Good schools and good programs will attract good players.” Detroit Catholic Central coach Todd Johnson agrees. “I think they just proved over the course of the last two weeks that public schools can compete with private schools,” said Johnson. Still, the public school group is looking into other alternatives, including separating from the MHSAA and expanding their schedule, competing in a national tournament and running their own state tournament. “There are a lot of things being looked at,” said Krygier. “We think there are opportunities to make our programs even more attractive than the way the MHSAA system is set up right now.” In the end, Ellis believes it’s all about making things equitable. “This isn’t really about any one coach or any one school, it’s about a level playing field for all schools,” said Ellis. Still, there is hope that a mutual agreement can be reached that will benefit all of high school hockey. “We don’t all win until we all start pulling in the right direction,” said Johnson. Check out the Michigan Public High School Hockey website at for more on the group’s proposal. Contributing: Philip Colvin

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After beating defending champion Cranbrook and Flint Powers in the playoffs, the Grand Rapids Catholic Central Cougars knocked off Calumet, 7-2, in the MHSAA Division 3 state final on March 12 at Compuware Arena in Plymouth.

Sund’s “shortie” is a game changer BY JOHN RAFFEL


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Grand Rapids Catholic Central won their first-ever MHSAA Division 3 state hockey title over an Upper Peninsula school, Calumet, that is accustomed to winning the crown. Junior center Donald Sund had a hat trick to lead the Cougars over the Copper Kings, 7-2, in the championship game on March 12 at Compuware Ice Arena. Senior forward Cam Kwaiser added two goals for the champs, while junior defenseman Hunter Jenerou contributed four assists and junior center Owen Kane had two. Catholic Central (24-5) is the first team from Grand Rapids to win a state hockey title and the first in the Grand Rapids area to turn the trick since East Kentwood won in 1990. Catholic Central started slowly but built a 5-2 lead after two periods including four goals in the second period. “We came out and were flat and tired. But I thought we recovered,” said Grand Rapids Catholic Central first-year head coach Mike Slobodnik. “Quite frankly they outplayed us in some of the second period. But we scored some timely goals. The puck went in the net for us tonight.” While Calumet (23-6-1) has won six state titles, Catholic Central was looking for its first crown after state runner-up finishes in 2006 and 2007. It was Calumet’s first loss in a state title game since a 5-4 setback to Cranbrook in double overtime in 1991. The Copper Kings opened the scoring in the first period at 5:14 on a goal from senior forward Kirby Frantti, assisted by juniors Byron Parks and Ben Storm. Sund scored the first of his three straight goals at 11:30, assisted by Jenerou and Michael Deryl, to tie the game 1-1. Sund gave the Cougars a 2-1 lead early in the second period on the penalty kill when he beat a Calumet defender behind the net, moved to the side of the cage and stuffed the puck past goalie Tyler Cangas. “It was a momentum changer,” said Sund, who finished with 32 goals. “I saw an opportunity and tried to make the most of it. This (state championship) is the greatest feeling I’ve ever had.” Slobodnik said Sund’s shorthanded goal got the Cougars changed the complexion of the game. “We were getting outplayed at that point,” Slobodnik said. “His (Sund) motor just keeps going. He’s dangerous whenever he touches the puck. He has good, quick hands and reads the ice well.” After Calumet sophomore forward Levi Erkkila tied the game on the powerplay at 8:02 of the middle period, the Cougars took a 5-2 lead on goals from Sund (assisted by Krzykwa and Jenerou) and two from Kwaiser to close out the period.


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“We started out the game flat and there wasn’t a lot of open ice,” Sund said. “Then things started to open up. We got the pucks behind them and started to use our speed. As soon as things opened up for us, we put the pedal to the medal and finished the game off.” The Copper Kings were outscored 4-1 in the middle period despite having a 13-7 shots advantage. The Cougars added two more goals in the third period when Zach Schapp scored from the slot at 2:09 and Josh Berry notched a power play goal midway through the period for a 7-2 lead. Goalie Andrew Stec had 26 saves for the Cougars. “The question before the season was would we get good enough goaltending to win games?” Slobodnik said. “Without him, we don’t win either of these games. He’s the MVP of the weekend. Without our goaltender this weekend, we don’t win the state championship.” “The defense made it easy, I saw most of the shots,” Stec said. “I was definitely nervous at the beginning. I was able to settle down and the defense played great in front of me. We played a great game.” Tyler Kangas and Derek Pierce combined for 21 saves for Calumet. “We didn’t have our best game,” Crawford said. “They played really good, but we weren’t at the top of our game. With kids, it’s going to happen. We made some defensive blunders and they took advantage of them.” In Friday’s semifinal round games, Catholic Central edged last year’s champion Cranbrook, 3-1, while Calumet blanked Jackson Lumen Christ 8-0. “After that game, I used the analogy for the 1980 Olympics when the U.S. beat the Russians in the semifinals,” Slobodnik said after the title game. “But they still had to beat the Finns for the gold medal. We talked a lot of about that - to close the deal and seal it.” It was pointed out to Slobodnik that his team defeated some highly-regarded schools like Cranbrook, Calumet and Flint Powers on the way to the state championship. “I’m a first-year coach but I understand, hey, Cranbrook is the program everyone measures themselves against, along with Detroit Catholic Central,”Slobodnik said.“So for us to beat those programs makes us proud. But we didn’t go into the Cranbrook game and say ‘we have to beat Cranbrook.’ It’s another team for us to beat on our road to win a state championship. “We felt we had a good team and if we played our game we had as good of a chance as anybody to win the game. But if we win a state championship and play two teams that have never been here, it’s just as good of a feeling.’’

Grand Rapids Catholic Central’s Donald Sund scored four shorthanded goals among his 32 goals this season. But the 5-foot-8, 155-pound junior center won’t soon forget the “shortie” he collected in the second period of the Division 3 state championship game Sund had a hat trick in the 7-2 victory over Calumet for the school’s first ever hockey state title. His second goal in the second period came on a wraparound from behind the net while the Cougars were shorthanded and gave his team a 2-1 lead. He acknowledged that it was as big of goal that he’s ever scored. “I’ve scored some goals in tournament championships but never in a game like this before,” he said. “I’d put this as one of my best achievements.” “That’s not his first shorthanded goal and it certainly won’t be the last of his career,” said GRCC coach Mike Slobodnik. “He sees the ice well and reads plays well and picks off passes and has a good quick stick.” “I saw an opportunity and I knew we needed a momentum changers and I took the opportunity, tried to make the most of it and it all turned out for the best,” Sund said. The Cougars started the season at 0-2 but then won 11 straight. They won six straight games in the tournament. “I can’t put it into words right now,” Sund said. “But I’ll never forget it.” As far as contemplating a state title run way back when the season started, “we talked about it,” Sund said. “Obviously we went through our ups and downs. But for the most part, all season, we knew we had a chance and knew this was a special group. That’s something we had our sights set on the whole season.” In the regional finals, a 6-3 win over defending region champion East Grand Rapids, Sund had a goal and two assists. That was among the many big wins for Sund and his team, who went on to beat Flint Powers in the quarterfinals 5-0 and Cranbrook 3-1 in the semifinals. “We had to play hard for all of them, they all meant a lot,” Sund said. “But I’d point to the game against Cranbrook. We had lost to them two times in state championship games. That was a game, East vs. West, a pride game. I’d say that was the biggest game.” Sund will be back next season for the Cougars. “We’ll celebrate for a little bit and then we start working on next year,” said Sund. But being only the second team from the Grand Rapids area to win a state hockey title gives Sund and his teammates a special sense of pride. “The west side always seems to play little brother to the east side,” Sund said. “It’s nice to get a victory for the west side. It’s the first one in 20 years for west Michigan so it’s more than just one game.”

Grand Rapids Catholic Central junior Donald Sund had a hat trick, including a big shorthanded goal, to lead the Cougars to the Division 3 state title.

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Rice’s Jaskolski heading east BY CARL CHIMENTI

While wearing their third jersey, the Wyandotte Bears got two goals from Nick Kovalchik and 47 saves from Chase Schmittou to beat Brother Rice, 4-1, in the MHSAA Division 2 title game on March 13 at Compuware Arena in Plymouth.

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Special teams and special goaltending helped the Wyandotte Roosevelt Bears to a 4-1 win over Bloomfield Hills Brother Rice and the 2011 MHSAA Division 2 state title on March 12 at Compuware Arena in Plymouth. Led by the senior trio of forwards Nick Kovalchik (two goals) and Gerald Mayhew (one goal) and goalie Chase Schmittou (47 saves), the Bears rolled to their first-ever hockey state title. Wyandotte junior defenseman Kyle King added a goal and an assist in the victory in front of a large group of Bears’ supporters. Wyandotte Roosevelt’s special teams were just that, scoring three times on the power play and all in rapid fire. The Bears first goal came 16 seconds after the penalty, the second 29 seconds into the call and the third went into the net 35 seconds following the man advantage opportunity. “This is something the whole team worked hard for all year,”said Wyandotte coach Mike Quint, in his eighth year behind the bench with the Bears. “We cut a few kids from last year with the hope of having better chemistry and it worked.” Wyandotte Roosevelt’ beat Pinckney 5-2 in the quarterfinals and advanced to the title game behind a 6-0 shutout of Midland that featured a Mayhew hat trick and 22 saves from Schmittou. Brother Rice beat Waterford Mott, 10-3, in the quarterfinals and then checked into the title game with a 4-1 win over Kingsford in the semifinals that included goals from John Hickman, Jake Jaskolski, Thomas Ebbing and Andrew Sohn. In the final, Brother Rice started slowly and senior goaltender P.J. Bridges kept it scoreless with a couple of big saves early on. But the Bears took advantage of a Warriors penalty and notched the first goal of the game at 4:10 when Kovalchik’s shot from the point through traffic went in over Bridges shoulder. “I was pressured so I threw it at the net and I think it got deflected,”said Kovalchik. Then with less than three minutes remaining in the period, Kovalchik buried a great pass from behind the net from sophomore John Calhoun to give the Bears a 2-0 lead heading into the middle period. “They played with a little more emotion in that period and I think we were a little nervous,”said Lou Schmidt Jr., head coach for Brother Rice. “We had some work to do.” The Warriors came out firing and scored at the nine-second mark when junior Mackenzie MacEachern picked up his own rebound and sent a backhand past Schmittou to make it 2-1. Andrew Roye and John Hickman drew the assists. The goal seemed to re-energize Brother Rice, and the Warriors kept the pressure

on but couldn’t get the puck past Schmittou. “We started to put more pressure on them and that’s our game,” said Schmidt Jr., who has been behind the Brother Rice bench since 2003.“Our team got the puck deep in their end and we had some great scoring opportunities on the go.” But another penalty call – this time on the Warriors Jake Jaskolski – put the Bears on the power play. This time King found Mayhew in the high slot and the elusive senior moved in and beat Bridges with a low wrist shot that regained Wyandotte’s two-goal lead. “We worked on the power play all year,”said Bears assistant coach Steve Kovalchik. “We have five guys with speed, skill and grit and we’re very confident that they are going to find the back of the net. In today’s game it was very important.” The final period was all Brother Rice. The Warriors swarmed the Bears net from all directions, but the story was Schmittou who turned aside all 21 shots, many of them from in close. For the game, Brother Rice outshot Wyandotte, 48-27. “My defense played great and they moved guys out of the way when the shots were coming in,” said Schmittou. “I saw most of the shots and I just stayed focused through out the game.” Despite being frustrated by Schmittou all game long, Schmidt Jr. felt his team put it all on the line. “We didn’t do our homework on their goalie,” said Schmidt Jr. “I’d like to say that maybe we didn’t do something, but we did everything we could to get pucks to the net, get rebounds and he stood there and stopped everything. They did a great job and congratulations to them.” Wyandotte wore their yellow third jersey with blue trim and “Bears” spelled out in block letters diagonally down the front. When the team wore them for the first time at the start of the season, they lost the game. “And I am a very superstitious guy so I put them away,” said Quint. At the end of the season Senior Night, the Bears seniors petitioned Quint to break out the third jersey again. “I told them that if they lost, the sweater would be going away forever,” said Quint. “But we won.” When the playoffs started, Wyandotte continued to wear the gold sweaters and continued to win. “They wanted to keep wearing them since the team was winning and we were able to wear them throughout the postseason and all the way to the final title game,” said Quint. “So I think I can say officially that the jerseys are all right now.”

After a high school player wraps up his prep career, the question sometimes is “what’s next?” The answer could be junior hockey or college. For Bloomfield Hills Brother Rice senior defenseman Jake Jaskolski, the decision was made before he stepped onto the ice in his last game with the Warriors. “Next year I am going to Emmaneul College in Boston to play college lacrosse,” said the 5-11/183 pound Jaskolski. “Hockey is my passion but I want to go to school and continue my education and this was a great offer and opportunity.” While Jaskolski isn’t quitting hockey for good, he is looking forward to the next phase of his life. “It was a very hard decision but the east coast is a great spot and where I want to be,” said the St. Clair Shores native. “It’s always a possibility to play hockey down the line somewhere, but not right now.” Jaskolski is an offensive defenseman that is quick to jump in the rush but at the same time he’s very responsible in his own end. He was also one of the team leaders on the Warriors backend that also included seniors Jason Scheuer, Collin Frink and Matthew Stack. Jaskolski was named as one of three Warriors captains, along with John Hickman and Matthew Parker, at the start of the season because of his strong leadership skills, something he takes great pride in. “It was an honor wearing the C, in fact it’s one of greatest honor’s I have ever had bestowed on me,” he said. “It was voted on from my teammates and coaches and I wore it with pride all year.” Since joining the team during his freshman year, Jaskolski has enjoyed his time playing high school hockey. “My first three years were a lot of fun, but this season it climbed to a whole new level,” said the rearguard. “We have had a lot of great teams in the past but the guys in the room this year are some of the hardest working kids that I have played with since joining the team and it’s been a great run this past year.” Before attending Brother Rice, Jaskolski was a little familiar with the school because a few family members went there. “The tradition of winning attracted me and I now have other family members besides myself attending the school as well,”explained Jaskolski.“The school is my pride and joy and I love it. I have never regretted the decision that I made to attend here.” Jaskolski feels he has become a better player and person because of the coaching staff that includes Warriors head coach Lou Schmidt Jr. and assistants John West, Ken Chaput and Mike Linenberg. “Coach Lou is awesome, just a great coach,” said Jaskolski. “The same can be said for Kenny, John and Mike. I will miss them.”

Brother Rice senior defenseman Jake Jaskolski will attend Emmaneul College in Boston and play lacrosse.

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Pesendorfer on his game at playoff time BY JOHN RAFFEL

The Novi Wildcats wrapped up a big season by winning the MSHAA Division 1 state title with a 4-0 shutout of the Orchard Lake St. Mary’s Eaglets on March 12 at Compuware Arena in Plymouth.

Novi Wildcats roll to MHSAA Division 1 title BY JOHN RAFFEL

After knocking off Division 1 defending champion Detroit Catholic Central earlier in the playoffs, Novi finished the job by shutting out Orchard Lake St. Mary’s, 4-0, in the 2011 state championship game on March 12 at Plymouth’s Compuware Ice Arena. Novi made its first appearance in the state finals while St. Mary’s gained the final again after 2008’s eight-overtime game with Marquette that ended in a 1-1 tie. The Wildcats scored three power-play goals and got another shutout from goalie Michael Pesendorfer, who recorded 20 saves. The Novi senior netminder also had 14 saves in a 3-0 shutout over Lake Orion in the semifinals. “I’m proud of our guys,” said Novi’s fifth-year coach Todd Krygier. “They really worked hard. The seniors on the team for four years - Nolan (Valleau), Pesendorfer, plus Joey (Ferriss) - came as juniors and elevated the team game. Senior Zach Mohr was on the team for three years. The senior class, it was the leadership they provided and everyone else that came along. “They bought into what we were trying to accomplish and put the team above themselves. This is their reward. As a coach, you talk a lot about that, but at some point you hope they get the opportunity to believe it for later in life.” After a scoreless opening period in which the Eaglets outshot the Wildcats, 6-3, Novi broke the ice in the middle period with a Zach Mohr power play goal at 1:51, assisted by Nolan Valleau and Brock Krygier. Then seven minutes later, Taylor Howell made it 2-0, with assists going to Michael Kruse and Joey Ferriss. Novi then took a 4-0 lead with two goals with the man advantage: Ferriss scored Novi’s at 2:28 into the second period assisted by Valleau and Howell. And Ferriss set up Howell for another powerplay goal at 3:14 to clinch the win for the Wildcats. “We knew they are a great team,” said St. Mary’s coach Brian Klanow. “As far as special teams, I knew that’s what it would come down to. They had three power-play goals. That’s what beat us.” Klanow was asked how Novi stacks up to the competition the Eaglets face in the Michigan Interscholastic Hockey League. The Wildcats play in the Kensington Lakes Activities Association. “They’re as good as anybody in that league,” he replied. “They’re well-coached and play a good physical system. They have guys who can put the puck in the net. They’re fine-tuned on their special teams. They had three power-play goals and our team kills penalties rather well.” Novi had a 20-19 edge in shots. Joe Janiga recorded 15 saves for the Eaglets.


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The Wildcats most dramatic playoff win was a 4-3 triple overtime victory over the Shamrocks in the regional semifinals. From that point on, Novi players realized they didn’t want to just stop at that one win. “There is nothing better than going out there and doing what every kid dreams of when he’s a little kid,” Mohr said. “I grew up with all these guys. I’ve been a Wildcat all my life. I’ll never forget this moment.” The Wildcats displayed excellent discipline in the title game. They were called for only two penalties, both late in the third period. “Early in the season, we were taking a lot of penalties,” Krygier said. “We knew we had a lot of talent and we had the work ethic. We just weren’t showing the emotional maturity we needed to get to this point. “The guys made a decision as a team that this was a goal and as part of that process we had to get our emotions in check and get our game in line. As they did, we continued to have success. The last game that hurt us was against Marquette (at mid-season) when they scored three power play goals (in a 3-2 loss). We’ve never had that since that point. That was a transitional point in the season for us.” Novi ended the season at 24-5-1 while Orchard Lake St. Mary’s finished 19-10. “We have the best team chemistry,” Howell said. “We’ve been together, some of us since first grade. The younger guys we got to know joined the group. They’re one of us since they got in here.” St. Mary’s beat East Kentwood, 3-2, in the semifinal to earn a spot in the championship. “We had a great season,” Klanow said. “You look at our scores from all year and you ask how can anyone count this team out? We only had two games outside of an empty-netter that were not one-goal losses. That tells me we’re in everything. A bounce here and a bounce there, it’s a different story. We’re a very good team. We have some strong young talent. We’ll be young next year but we’ll be very good.” Novi’s senior class will be remembered for bringing the school their first hockey state title in the 13-year history of the program. “These guys just didn’t show up in our program without working hard and without producing and sacrificing,” Krygier said. “They came in, they worked and sacrificed.” “It’s unfortunate they look at a Mr. Hockey as one player. I’ve got one as a defenseman (Valleau), one as a forward (Howell) and one as a goaltender (Pesendorfer). Those three guys led our team. It’s no mistake that Joey (Ferriss), Nolan (Valleau), Taylor (Howell) and Michael (Pesendorfer) are first team all-state.”

Novi senior Michael Pesendorfer didn’t start out as a goalie but his Wildcats’ teammates are happy he did. Pesendorfer played an instrumental role in Novi’s run to the Division 1 state championship by recording four shutouts in the six-game playoff schedule. None were bigger than the 4-0 whitewashing of Orchard Lake St. Mary’s in the final. “He was great,” said St. Mary’s coach Brian Klanow. “We had some opportunities in the first period and the second period. He did a great job. He came to play and held them in there when he had to.” Novi coach Todd Krygier noted Pesendorfer’s growth in his four seasons with the Wildcats. “As a freshman he only played in a couple of games but practiced and worked hard every day,” said Krygier. “As a sophomore, he took us to the semifinals in the state. When he was a junior, we wound up losing in the quarterfinals. As a senior, he ends up winning the state championship. It’s been a process. He’s an extremely hard worker in season and out of season.” Pesendorfer made 19 saves against St. Mary’s and took a point-blank shot off his mask in the opening period. “My Dad always asks me how I have the good grades, getting hit like that,” said Pesendorfer, who earned a 32 on his ACT. “I just tell him it’s the good masks.” The veteran goaltender credited his teammates for their play in front of him. “We played great defense and sacrificed for each other,” Pesendorfer said. “They make my job easy. I was there whenever necessary.” After spending his first two seasons of youth hockey as a forward, Pesendorfer made the switch to goaltender as an 8-year old. “To be honest, I was quite horrible as a forward,” he said. “I was completely brutal. When I was little, I decided if I wanted to be successful in hockey, I had to try something different. So I strapped up the pads and gave it a shot. You know what? I wasn’t all that good at that either. “My dad really instilled work ethic in me. I worked hard and now I can say it all paid off. That’s a humbling moment when you can say years and years finally pays off. It’s a great feeling.” The switch to goalie was his own decision, Pesendorfer said. “My parents weren’t completely thrilled with it,” he said. “I became more consistent (this season) and started to do better. But that was more of because my team around me did better. When you have people in front of you playing well, it encourages you to play well.”

Novi senior goalie Michael Pesendorfer recorded four shutouts in the playoffs, including a 4-0 win over Orchard Lake St. Mary’s in the Division 1 state final.

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NORTH AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE 2010-11 NAHL Standings (as of March 15) CENTRAL xOwatonna xCoulee Region xBismarck xAlexandria Austin Aberdeen

GP 55 52 53 51 52 53

W 30 30 30 28 21 16

L OTL PTS 18 7 67 17 5 65 19 4 64 18 5 61 28 3 45 33 4 36

PCT 0.609 0.625 0.604 0.598 0.433 0.340

GF 163 186 165 179 134 144

GA 169 163 136 155 163 203

PIM 931 891 1024 801 1126 758

NORTH xSt. Louis Traverse City Janesville Michigan Motor City Springfield Chicago Port Huron

GP 54 52 53 52 51 52 54 52

W 37 35 34 30 30 25 9 6

L OTL PTS 13 4 78 16 1 71 16 3 71 16 6 66 20 1 61 24 3 53 41 4 22 41 5 17

PCT 0.722 0.683 0.670 0.635 0.598 0.510 0.204 0.163

GF 202 189 162 182 208 163 129 114

GA 116 141 108 134 163 156 269 284

PIM 734 855 875 818 1264 899 853 1337

SOUTH yTopeka xAmarillo xTexas Wichita Falls Corpus Christi New Mexico

GP 54 52 55 52 53 52

W 42 34 32 23 18 15

L OTL PTS 9 3 87 13 5 73 15 8 72 25 4 50 31 4 40 34 3 33

PCT 0.806 0.702 0.655 0.481 0.377 0.317

GF 228 193 199 168 142 124

GA 133 145 162 169 221 206

PIM 1657 1505 1275 1386 1965 1198

L OTL PTS PCT 13 3 77 0.726 20 3 65 0.602 21 4 64 0.582 21 6 58 0.547 31 2 46 0.418 31 5 41 0.380 y - clinched division title

GF 224 190 181 178 147 149

GA 158 139 161 169 199 221

PIM 1106 1163 1399 992 1629 1488

PIM 45 55 34 52 109 72 20 27 34 26 75 71 35 28 17 12 78 71 21 52 49 20 50 26 40 129 45 28 89 25

PPG 14 12 12 7 14 8 12 10 8 5 12 8 8 7 8 8 4 3 12 9 9 6 3 13 12 3 5 3 8 8

SHG 1 3 0 2 0 4 0 0 1 2 3 0 3 0 0 2 2 1 0 2 1 4 0 4 0 6 0 1 2 1

WEST GP W yFairbanks 53 37 xWenatchee 54 31 xAlaska 55 30 xKenai River 53 26 Dawson Creek 55 22 Fresno 54 18 x - clinched playoff berth

TOP SCORERS TEAM POS GP G A Wydo, Cody MCM F 51 39 47 Nagtzaam, Nardo ALX F 51 31 41 Kleiman, RJ STL F 46 28 39 Ciotti, Chris STL F 53 29 37 Hill, Michael TOP F 43 37 29 Brancheau, Steve MCM F 50 25 40 Hussar, Justin TOP F 54 31 32 Osborn, JT FAI F 51 36 25 Kolb, Andrew MIC F 40 29 32 Lubanski, Brett KNR F 52 14 45 Beck, Doug KNR F 50 27 32 Gaarder, Connor COU F 52 23 35 Frischmon, Zac COU F 52 29 29 Walker, Beau COR F 51 19 39 Leef, Jackson TEX F 55 22 35 Mauermann, Ross JNE F 53 25 32 Christie, Brian TOP F 53 20 37 Smoot, Zack AMA F 52 22 35 Prince, Jack TEX F 49 24 33 Linnell, Jared FAI F 53 32 23 Gates, Matthew BIS F 51 26 29 Opie, Tim TVC F 52 22 31 Nauman, Ethan SPR F 52 19 34 Barber, Jacob WEN F 55 32 20 Ward, Cory ABD F 53 30 22 Milam, Nate TOP F 54 23 28 Freibergs, Ralfs TEX D 51 7 44 Levin, Gabe FAI F 50 15 35 Zierke, Steve ALX F 50 25 25 Vandercook, DJ WEN F 48 21 29

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TOP GOALIES Tadazak, Robert Comunale, Tom Jacobson, David Green, Matt Tirronen, Rasmus Jaeger, Brandon Faragher, Ryan Szczerba, Nikifor Rohrkemper, Eric

GA 67 40 80 42 71 82 112 91 58


GP 39 23 40 21 33 36 48 41 25

MIN 2149:42 1283:42 2372:20 1201:52 1853:20 2132:22 2814:29 2289:01 1405:21

SO 8 5 8 3 4 5 3 5 0

GAA 1.87 1.87 2.02 2.1 2.3 2.31 2.39 2.39 2.48

SV 1090 450 910 416 752 798 1254 1100 494

SV% 0.942 0.918 0.919 0.908 0.914 0.907 0.918 0.924 0.895

Port Huron staying loose despite trying year BY MATT MACKINDER

just want to take points away from teams and not fold the tents. I think that’s a very The Port Huron Fighting Falcons may have reasonable goal for the next few weeks.” the worst record in the North American Hockey “Going through what we’ve gone through League, but they they still have a lot to play for. will make us a better team next year,” added For starters, getting out of the NAHL cellar is Miller. “I think next year will be a totally different the immediate goal. atmosphere in Port Huron.” “We’ve moved past how many goals we’re going to lose by to how many points we are going MORE MAKE D-I CHOICES to get,” Fighting Falcons head coach Bill Warren Several more NAHL players have made their told the Port Huron Times-Herald. Division I college choices recently: Amarillo Coming into the NAHL late last summer with forward Cody Freeman (Canisius), Topeka forward no draft picks or tenders, Port Huron had a rotating and Westland native Nate Milam (Ferris State), door of players coming in and out of McMorran Traverse City captain and Sterling Heights native Arena. But since the NAHL trade deadline last Travis White (Ferris State), St. Louis forward and month, and the addition of Warren in early Romeo native Chris Ciotti (Lake Superior State) January, things have changed. and St. Louis defenseman Grant Gettinger “It’s a whole different attitude now,” said (Mercyhurst). forward Kord Miller. “Before, with all the guys OUTDOOR GAME ANOTHER SUCCESS coming in pretty much on a weekly basis, no The Fairbanks Ice Dogs hosted their annual one really knew if they had a spot on the team. outdoor game on March 12 against the Now we have lines and guys know who they’re Wenatchee Wild and the Wild took a 5-3 win playing with. It’s easier going out there knowing in front of 2,000 spectators. The Ice Dogs, after what we’re doing.” being down 5-0 in the fourth quarter (four Warren’s arrival from the Port Huron high 15-minute quarters were played in the outdoor school ranks has instilled renewed confidence for game), scored three late goals, but it was too the Fighting Falcons, even if their six wins don’t. little, too late. “It’s a better attitude around here,”said Miller. “It really is amazing how this game has Port Huron’s Sean Gammage has been a constant “At the start of the year, we’d get down by a couple on the Fighting Falcons’ blueline this season. become such an important part of our city in goals and guys would give up. Now, we continue terms of celebrating and embracing our winter to work hard and there’s no quit. I think we all tradition,” said Ice Dogs general manager Rob Proffitt. saw things change right from the first practice that Bill ran.” “The energy surrounding the entire event is contagious and it’s obviously a neat Just five points behind the Chicago Hitmen, getting past them is the top priority experience for the players, too,” Fairbanks head coach Josh Hauge added. and then playing spoiler to other North Division teams comes next. “We want to get as many points as we can,” said goalie Peter Megariotis. “We


NORTH DIVISION Traverse City forward Eric Rivard struck for a goal and two assists as the North Stars put together a 2-1 record against St. Louis. After being held scoreless on March 11 - a 3-0 victory - the Traverse City native recorded an assist the next night in a 3-1 loss. On March 13, the 19-year-old struck for the game-winning goal with less than two minutes left in regulation and an assist as the North Stars bested the Bandits, 2-1. HONORABLE MENTION: Janesville forward Connor McBride; Motor City forward Petrus Sipila; Port Huron forward Max Reavis SOUTH DIVISION Topeka forward Brian Christie registered seven assists as the RoadRunners skated to a 3-0 record and the South Division regular-season championship. On March 11, the West Chester, Pa., native picked up four assists, including one on Justin Hussar’s game-winning goal, in a 4-2 victory over the Wichita Falls Wildcats. After being held scoreless the next night - a 4-0 triumph over Amarillo - the 18-year-old connected for three assists on March 13 as the RoadRunners downed the


Bulls, 5-3. The Merrimack College recruit was also a plus-7 for the weekend. HONORABLE MENTION: Amarillo forwards Zack Smoot and Dan Sherer; Texas forward Jimmy Murray; Topeka forwards Andrew O’Leary and Justin Hussar

CENTRAL DIVISION Alexandria defenseman Mike Krieg struck for three goals and two assists as the Blizzard fashioned a 2-0 record. On March 12, the Phoenix native tallied a pair of goals in a 4-2 triumph over the Owatonna Express. The next night, the 20-year-old came through with another goal and two assists, including one on Brent Bain’s game-winning marker, as the Blizzard downed the Austin Bruins, 7-2. He was also a plus-6 on the weekend. HONORABLE MENTION: Bismarck forward Daniel Zawacki WEST DIVISION Wenatchee forward DJ Vandercook struck for a goal and three assists as the Wild fashioned a 3-1 record on the road. After being held scoreless in a two-game split with the Kenai River Brown Bears early in the


week, the Farmington Hills native recorded an assist on Mario Puskarich’s game-tying goal with 38 seconds left in regulation and a goal in the shootout in a 2-1 victory over Fairbanks on March 11. The next night, the 20-year-old notched a goal and two more assists as the Wild downed the Ice Dogs in the outdoor game, 5-3. He was also a plus-2 for the weekend. GOALTENDER Wenatchee goaltender Brandon Jaeger backstopped the Wild to three road wins in his three starts, turning aside 77 of 83 shots. On March 8, the Champlin, Minn., native made 21 saves in a 3-2 victory over the Kenai River Brown Bears. Three nights later, the 20-year-old stopped 27 shots in regulation and overtime and five of seven in the shootout as the Wild bested Fairbanks, 2-1. In the outdoor game on March 12, Jaeger put forth a 29-save effort in a 5-3 triumph over the West Division regular-season champion Ice Dogs. HONORABLE MENTION: Amarillo’s Gregg Gruehl; Bismarck’s Ryan Faragher; Janesville’s David Jacobson; Port Huron’s Peter Megariotis; Texas’ Jimmy Kruger; St. Louis’ Tom Comunale; Topeka’s Rasmus Tirronen


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March 21, 2011, Volume 21 : Issue 19


When the Plymouth signed goalie Matt Mahalak last spring, the Monroe native came in as a heralded talent who was expected to battle for time in the crease with Whalers veteran Scott Wedgewood. Instead Mahalak spent much of the first few months of the season sitting on the bench watching Wedgewood play the bulk of the games. But since the calendar changed to 2011, Mahalak has seemed to find his confidence and earned his first Ontario Hockey League shutout in January against Oshawa. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I definitely struggled while adjusting from the USHL to the OHL,â&#x20AC;? admitted Mahalak. â&#x20AC;&#x153;However, throughout the struggle, I maintained my focus and learned as much as I possibly could from Wedgewood, (Whalers goalie) coach Stan Matwijiw and from my experience in the games I took part in. The dedication and hard work I put in to improving myself during the first half of the season has paid off in dividends as I have been able to become a much greater contributor to our teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s success. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think I have improved most on my ice awareness and ability to read the play. I have also made the transition to becoming a more reactive goaltender and now rely less on making blocking-type saves.â&#x20AC;? Mahalak credits playing alongside Wedgewood for getting him out of his early season funk. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wedgewood has been a great mentor this season,â&#x20AC;?Mahalak said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He is a veteran guy who has not only been in Plymouth for three years, but has also attended NHL camps (Wedgewood was drafted by New Jersey last June). He has a great understanding of the game and he is always there if I have any questions. He has helped me tremendously in various small parts of the game.â&#x20AC;? Mahalak, who turned 18 in January, was considered a possible first round NHL draft pick this summer, but after his rough start with the Whalers, his stock dropped. He said the draft isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t something thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on his mind one bit and rankings donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have any bearing on how he plays the game. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I only really think of the draft when I am asked about it,â&#x20AC;? said Mahalak. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I know that I can only control myself and do what I can in order to help my team succeed. Whatever happens after that is not in my power to decide.â&#x20AC;? What is in Mahalakâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s power is doing what he can to help the Whalers advance deep into the playoffs. Since winning the OHL championship in 2007, Plymouth has not been past the second round. â&#x20AC;?Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re currently in a bit of a slump,â&#x20AC;?noted Mahalak.â&#x20AC;&#x153;Although we have clinched (a) playoff (berth), we have also lost three straight games. However, I am very confident in the team that we have to do very well in the playoffs. We have proven that we can beat any team in this league when we play our game and I am confident that we will be playing our best hockey come playoff time.â&#x20AC;?

LIVINGSTON SIGNS WITH SHARKS Just days after teammate Tyler Brown signed a free agent contract with the Philadelphia Flyers, Plymouth forward James Livingston did the same with the San Jose Sharks. Livingston, originally selected by the St. Louis Blues in the third round (70th


Mahalak playing with confidence in Plymouth net overall) of the 2008 NHL draft, did not come to terms with the Blues and became a free agent last summer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are excited about James joining the San Jose Sharks organization,â&#x20AC;? said San Jose GM Doug Wilson. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He is a big winger who is not afraid to go to the tough areas to score goals, but is also very responsible defensively. We are looking forward to watching him develop in our system.â&#x20AC;? In 57 games for Plymouth this season, the 20-year-old Livingston has tied his career-high in goals (22) and set career-highs in assists (28) and points (50).

NOVI NATIVE WINS OHL HONOR Novi native and rookie Windsor defenseman Grant Webermin was named the OHL Academic Player of the Month for February in the West Division. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Grant has completed successfully his first four courses (at St. Anne High School) and has achieved an A average,â&#x20AC;?said Spitfiresâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;academic advisor Dennis Gignac.â&#x20AC;&#x153;He has become a well-respected student athlete by his teachers and peers. Grant constantly strives to do his best and has been a role model since arriving here. The Spitfire family is proud to have such an outstanding young man be part of our organization.â&#x20AC;? Webermin was Windsorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first round pick in last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s OHL draft out of the Honeybaked organization.

WHALERS, SPIRIT NAMED IN COACHES POLL Plymouth and Saginaw players were picked in the annual OHL Coaches Poll, an opportunity for coaches to recognize the top three players in 16 different skill categories within their own conference. Saginaw captain Jordan Szwarz finished second as the most underrated player, second in the hardest worker category and second-best defensive forward. Saginaw forward Josh Shalla was third-most dangerous in the goal area, Dalton Prout was second-best defensive defenseman and Ryan Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connor was third-best offensive defenseman. Spirit forward Anthony Camara won the best body checker category and forward Vince Trocheck was voted second best on face-offs. Plymouth forward Mitchell Heard was third best on face-offs, Stefan Noesen was named the third-most improved player and Tyler Brown won the best penalty killer category.

After a slow transition to the OHL, Plymouth Whalers goalie Matt Mahalak has come in the second half of the season.

SPIRIT STRUGGLE DOWN THE STRETCH With the playoffs only a couple of weeks away, Saginaw is trying to string together some victories. The Spirit is still in first place in the West Division (39-21-3-2) but lost to S.S. Marie, 5-4 in a shootout, on the road on Mar. 9. Ivan Telegin and Ryan Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connor had a goal and an assist in the game. On Mar. 11, at home, Saginaw dropped a 4-2 decision to Sarnia after the Sting scored the first three goals of the game. Telegin and Vincent Trocheck scored goals for the Spirit. Saginaw salvaged the weekend with a 3-0 shutout of the Greyhounds at home on Mar. 12, as Tadeas Galansky stopped 18 shots to record his second shut-out of the season. John McFarland and Trocheck scored and Josh Shalla tied a club record with his 45th goal of the season. Contributing: Carl Chimenti

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Bertuzzi at home in Detroit despite civil suit


A legal Sword of Damocles has dangled over Todd Bertuzzi since he suckerpunched Colorado Avalanche forward Steve Moore seven years ago as of March 8. Moore suffered three broken vertebrae and a Grade three concussion that night, ending the Harvard graduate’s NHL career, but the legal maneuverings may finally end up in a courtroom early next year. A court date is expected to be set next month for the trial of the civil lawsuit that’s expected to last up to eight weeks. “I’ve never spoken about it here,” said Bertuzzi, as he rose from his locker and politely declined comment the moment the issue of the $19.5-million suit was mentioned. “Everyone has been respectful of that. “It’s got nothing to do with this team. That’s my own personal thing to deal with and I won’t speak about it.” Indeed Bertuzzi has done a remarkable job in compartmentalizing his life. The baggage he’s lugged around since the Moore incident in 2004 is the most infamous in the NHL. It’s the elephant in the room, but the Wings have never heard a peep about it. “Not at all,” said Kris Draper of whether Bertuzzi had ever addressed his the issue with teammates. “That would never be brought up amongst us. Obviously, everyone is well aware of it and it’s well documented. He has to deal with that, but we’d never bring that up.” Even Wings’ general manager Ken Holland admitted he’s never talked to Bertuzzi about the Moore incident. He said it was no factor in deciding to re-sign Bertuzzi last summer and commended the 15-year-veteran for his professional conduct in not allowing his off-ice lawsuit issues to become a distraction. The only time Bertuzzi, who has 14 goals and 37 points this season, has talked of the Moore incident was Aug. 15, 2005 when he expressed his regrets after 17 months of silence. “I’m sure just like Steve Moore and his family, it’s been difficult for both parties,” Bertuzzi told the Vancouver media. “I know I wish that day never happened.


Forward Todd Bertuzzi has 14 goals and 37 points with the Red Wings this season.

“It’s been some tough times, but I’ve got good family and good friends and good peers in the league that have helped me get over the hump and move forward and come through it.” While his feelings at this stage of his career remain unknown on the advice of his lawyer Geoff Adair, what is believed to be the biggest civil law suit against a professional athlete in Canadian history will soon force the lifting of the cone of silence. The figures alone are eye popping and the drama of the trial should be nearly as extravagant. Moore’s lawyer Tim Danson is requesting $15-million for pecuniary damages, $1-million aggravated damages, $2-million for punitive damages and Moore’s parents are seeking $1.5-million for negligent infliction of nervous shock and mental distress. Mix in the tangled web of counter lawsuits involving former Canucks’ coach Mark Crawford, Vancouver player Brad May and former Canucks’ ownership company Orca Bay, along with testimony from such hockey luminaries as Brian Burke (Canucks GM at the time) and various league executives and it seems this trial will be a readymade TV reality show. Despite the storm clouds looming on the horizon next year, Bertuzzi admits to being as content as a player in Detroit as he’s ever been in his career. The closeness of Joe Louis Arena to his home town of Kitchener has allowed him to draw strength from an enlarged support group of family and friends.

“It’s a good city to live in,” Bertuzzi said. “It’s (a few) hours from my home town. A lot of my family and friends come up, so it’s always nice to see familiar faces at the rink. “This city, they know who you are but they (fans) are respectful and courteous and kind. It’s an easy place to get around and enjoy the area. My son is pretty involved in hockey here and so is my daughter, it’s been pretty enjoyable.” Bertuzzi admits he’s a much different player and he seems a different person than the fellow that seemingly had a perpetual scowl on his face during his Canucks’ days. He’s displayed a self-deprecating sense of humor in Detroit. Perhaps its maturity mixed with remorse over what happened, but he’s also been able find cover in a Wings’ locker-room where he’s no longer one of the faces of the franchise the way he was in Vancouver. “It was great,” Bertuzzi said of his reception by his Wings’ teammates. “A great group of guys here. Having that kind of atmosphere makes you want to go out and play hard every night.” Draper said Bertuzzi has been welcomed the way every new player has been in Detroit. “Soon as the trade is made, he becomes a teammate,”Draper said.“It doesn’t matter what he’s done in the past, whatever’s happened before. You kinda have to take him in. “That’s the luxury of this dressing room that we have great leadership and we’ve always had good guys. We always seem to make things work.”

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