By Chris Zadorozny
It’s been the same story for Wyandotte Roosevelt all season.
“We’ve had trouble scoring all year,” said assistant Coach Joe Quint. “That’s an issue we’ve been working on in practice.”
Unfortunately for the Bears, practice didn’t pan out in the game against Woodhaven on Saturday night, as Dominic Moore and Connor MacDonell both scored to defeat Roosevelt 2-1.
Woodhaven controlled much of the first period, despite being outshot 12-8 by Roosevelt. One big reason for that was senior goaltender Trevor Monaco.
“Trevor’s been consistent all season long,” said Woodhaven Coach Bryan Sullivan. “Trevor’s just been playing out of his mind the last couple of games. When you get that kind of goaltending, you’re going to be in a lot of games. That’s going to be the difference.”
Monaco made some spectacular saves late, but it was his goaltending early that helped provide some great scoring chances for the Warriors. Senior captain Dominic Moore capitalized on a great breakout, dancing around one defenseman before ripping a backhand past the blocker of Bears goaltender Frank Cerulla.
“Every time he (Moore) gets control of the puck, he can make good things happen,” said Sullivan. “He had a number of good chances. He uses his speed well; he drives hard to the net. He gives you a full 51 minutes when you go out there.”
Cerulla, who allowed just two goals, played just as spectacularly as Monaco.
“Goaltending was good, he kept us in the game,” said Quint.
Despite being down 1-0 after the first period, the Bears were turning up the pressure late, and during a power play in the final minute, Roosevelt poured shots on Monaco, but they were denied.
Just 18 seconds into the second period, Roosevelt senior defenseman Joshua Hinderliter took a slapshot from the point and ripped it top shelf, past Monaco’s glove to tie the game at one. Both Matthew Calhoun and Ryan Greene tacked on the assists.
After Hinderliter’s goal, the pace picked up, but neither team could find the back of the net, and headed into the third period tied at one. Shots were still close even, as Wyandotte still had a slight edge, 21-19.
The Bears once again had some pressure to start the third period and seemed to carry a bit of the play, but it was Woodhaven that came on in the mid-to-late stages of the game.
A shot from the left corner by sophomore forward Danny Flahart headed straight for the pads of Cerulla, but somehow, the puck found a way through, and sat in the blue paint. With a wide-open net, and no one around, fellow sophomore forward MacDonell scrambled and poked the puck into the empty net with just 5:19 to go in the game to give the Warriors a 2-1 lead.
“Good things happen when you throw the puck at the net, and go to the net with your stick on the ice,” said Sullivan. “You wouldn’t have picked him (MacDonell) to score the goal, but he went to the net with his stick on the ice, (the) puck ends up there, no goalie, that’s kind of the best situation to be in.”
Woodhaven fended off the Bears in the final minute and a half to seal the victory. The Bears ended up with 31 shots, while Woodhaven had 30.
Sullivan attributed the win to a great all-around performance from his team.
“I thought Billy Brock played his best game of his high school career. He was all over, he skated the whole game hard,” said Sullivan. “Joel Alexander’s a freshman. He made some plays in the defensive zone; that a month and a half ago, he would’ve never thought of even doing, and now he’s doing it.”
Up next for Roosevelt is a home game against Trenton tonight.
As for the Warriors, they’ll head out to Ann Arbor to battle Pioneer tonight and hosts Dearborn Unified on Saturday.
Woodhaven’s Saturday night win followed a come-from-behind 4-4 tie against Detroit Country Day a week ago.
The Yellowjackets scored a goal in the first period and three more in the second as they built a 4-1 lead heading into the final 17 minutes of play.
But the Warriors weren’t done.
Alex Robinson scored to get the comeback started. Then Brock netted one before Moore finally notched the game-tying goal. Michael Faremouth had Woodhaven pother goal. It came in the second period.
Moore, Brock and Robinson all had assists and two-point nights.
The Warriors had a dozen fewer shots in the game than the Jackets, but they made the most of their 27 chances. Country Day fired 39 drives at Monaco and he stopped 35 of them.
The same night Woodhaven was playing to a tie Roosevelt (5-7) earned a 4-1 win against visiting Carlson.
The scoring kicked off with a goal from Roosevelt’s Bryce Matulonis in the final minute of the first period, assisted by Matt Calhoun and Joshua Hinderliter.
In the second period, the Bears’ Andrew Storey made it a 2-0 game with a goal at the 5:24 mark and about seven minutes later teammate Jacob Jennings scored to make it a three-goal game. On Storey’s goal, Matulonis and Joe Smellie picked up assists, while Joe Nevalo earned the lone assist on Jennings’ goal.
Carlson’s Ben Ott got his team on the board with a goal at the 9:13 mark of the third period, which was assisted by Gage Darga and Andrew Coleman.
To cap the scoring for the night, Calhoun netted a late power-play goal and the contest ultimately wrapped up with Roosevelt on top 4-1.
Trevor Porter was in goal for the Bears and earned the victory as he turned away 17 of the 18 shots he faced. For the Marauders, Ellis Graham was between the pipes and knocked away 37 of the 41 shots fired at him.
To read the original article that appeared online on The News-Herald, on January 14, 2014, go to www.miprepzone.com/thenewsherald