BY WENDI REARDON PRICE
Clarkston News Sports Writer
Sophomore Wolf Danny Milano quickly passed the puck to junior Brent Bachusz who shot it into West Bloomfield’s net with 34.4 seconds remaining last Thursday’s game at Detroit Skating Club.
The goal tied the score at 2-2 sending the game into overtime. After eight minutes in the extra period the score remained the same and the OAA White league game ended with a tie.
“They worked hard tonight which is what they need to do because they need to battle,” said Clarkston Hockey Head Coach Karl Daiek. “It’s the first time we had some good mental approaches to discipline for working the structure – that was the key. We explained to them exactly how to kill it. They did it. It was outstanding because they probably figured they weren’t going to just pick up the puck and go score so they had to stay in structure.”
The duo of Milano and Bachusz tried to score on the Lakers during the first period but were stopped by their goalie, Steven McCotter.
The Wolves broke through with 5:46 remaining in the second period after junior Daniel Tremblay connected his shot to the back of the net.
The score ignited a spark in Clarkston as they moved faster and put more pressure on West Bloomfield to score again with two attempts from junior Austin James and one from sophomore Drew Stark in a span of 45 seconds.
The Lakers tied the score 16 seconds into the third period from JP Ayar.
Clarkston’s Gavin Eisert attempted to bring the team back into the lead with his shot minutes later and the Wolves continued to shoot when they had opportunities in case one broke through.
West Bloomfield pulled into the lead with a goal from JD Long with 34.4 remaining in the third period.
The Wolves took a time out and when they came back Milano took control of the puck leading to Bachusz’s goal.
The Wolves made 46 shots on the goal during the game including nine during the overtime period. Burrum made 34 saves in the net for Clarkston for the night.
Daiek added the game helps the boys as they headed into practice the next day.
“They come ready to work,” he said. “They see what happens when they maintain the structure. Maybe they will want more of it.”
The Wolves lost to Oxford/Avondale on Saturday, 4-2 bringing their overall record to 0-3-1 and 0-1-1 in the OAA White Division.
The boys head to Mount Pleasant this Friday, 5 p.m. They play Bloomfield Hills next Saturday at Detroit Skating Club, 8 p.m.
BY WENDI REARDON PRICE