By Chris Zadorozny
For Woodhaven’s Dominic Moore, it seems that scoring is just coming natural in his senior season.
The Warrior forward recorded a hat trick in an 8-1 win over Dearborn Unified on Saturday night at the Ice Box.
Moore had two goals in the first period and one in the third, and also recorded an assist to round out his four-point night.
“He had a real good night; he put the puck in the net,” said Woodhaven Coach Bryan Sullivan. “He’s playing real well right now. He’s on a good role, he’s finding the back of the net, and he’s making good plays, making good passes. He’s playing real solid.”
Moore wasn’t the only one playing a solid game for the Warriors. It was the whole team, despite getting out shot by Unified the entire game. Woodhaven finished with 28 shots, while Unified recorded 31.
The Warriors were also backed by senior goaltender Steven Hurley who made 30 saves on the night (.967 SV%). The only time the puck slipped past him was in the second period, when senior forward Jacob Tratar found the back of the net on a tip from the point at the 3:22 mark. Senior forward Jake Tomalok recorded the lone assist.
Moore started the scoring just 3:56 into the game, backhanding his own rebound past DU starter, sophomore Bryan Donaldson with just 10 seconds left on the power play.
Six minutes later, Moore had a chance for his second goal of the night, but was stopped by Donaldson. Sophomore forward Jon Szczpeniak found the rebound and shot it through Donaldson’s five-hole to give the Warriors a 2-0 lead. Moore and junior forward Nick Youngheim recorded the assists.
Despite being up 2-0 at the end of the first period, DU outshot the Warriors 13-6. “I thought we had our moments. Anytime you come out of a period outshooting them 13-6, and you’re down 2-0, takes a little bit of the wind out of your sails,” said Unified Head Coach Brian Dallas. “In the second (period), we basically fell apart.”
Woodhaven recorded five goals in the second period, all but putting away any opportunity Unified had of starting a comeback, but that didn’t stop them from trying.
“I give our guys credit for battling in the third, but we’re not capable of playing a complete game yet, and that’s really killing us,” Dallas said.
Moore started the scoring at the 1:21 mark of second period with a shot through Donaldson’s five-hole after a great steal by sophomore forward Alex Robinson in the neutral zone.
Robinson put the puck on junior forward Billy Brock’s tape, and Brock got it to Moore for the goal.
Eight minutes later, Brock took a shot from the point, which was tipped in front by senior forward Jacob Swindle over Donaldson’s blocker to give the Warriors a 4-0 lead.
DU would tack on their goal late in the period, but Woodhaven would add the nail in the coffin of DU’s comeback just 30 seconds later.
Sophomore forward Danny Flahart took a breakaway into the Dearborn Unified zone, deked out Donaldson, and flipped a backhand over his blocker.
Two more Woodhaven goals would add to their already large lead. Brock, who had four-point night record his first goal of the night with backhand over Donaldson at the 15:32 mark.
Robinson and senior forward Yousef Suede recorded the assists.
With just 22 seconds left, senior forward Brett Gomolak snapped a shot over the glove of Donaldson to give the Warriors a 7-1 lead. Brock and Robinson recorded the assists, which rounded out Brock’s four-point night.
Moore recorded his hat trick goal after DU made a change in net to start the third period. Sophomore Peyton Ottersetter came in to relieve Donaldson, and only allowed one goal.
Just 4:20 into the third, Moore banked in a one-timer from Youngheim and Szczepaniak to round out the scoring for the evening.
Sullivan credits the win to a great start in the first period. “I thought we played pretty good, especially the first period,” he said. “We came out played better than we did down in Ann Arbor on Wednesday. That was one of the things we wanted to do.”
As for DU, the team hopes to play better with fewer mistakes.
“If you make mistakes, they’re going to capitalize on them,” Dallas said. “The fact that we generated 31 shots, some of them long distance, but I thought territorially we were competitive.
“We didn’t spend a whole lot of time in our end. We’re still losing to a pretty good team by a pretty good score, but territorially I don’t think we got dominated.”
Up next for Dearborn Unified is a trip to Monroe St. Mary’s Catholic Central on Monday, while the Warriors will travel to Chelsea Wednesday.
To read the original article that appeared online on The News-Herald, on January 19, 2014, go to www.miprepzone.com/thenewsherald