By Wendi Reardon Price
Clarkston News Sports Writer
Bloomfield Hills — Clarkston Varsity Hockey closed OAA Red play winning the league championship with victories over Stoney Creek and Lake Orion last week.
“It’s a big accomplishment,” said Nathan Bryer, head coach. “We talked about it earlier in the year. There are three things you can accomplish in the high school season. You can win your league, win a regional championship and win a state championship. We have accomplished step one. It is an awesome accomplishment. It’s been a long time since Clarkston has done that.”
The Wolves opened the week with a 9-2 win over Stoney Creek on Thursday.
Ron Wade led with two goals and two assists. Blake Botterill scored two goals and had one assist. Owen Croston and Evan Adams each had one goal and two assists.
Quinn Farrell and Devon Collis each had one goal and one assist. Brady Earing scored one goal. Frank Stanek, Theo Walker and Trey Damian each had two assists. Brendan Rhodes had one assist.
The Wolves made 48 shots on the net while Calum Hartner made eight saves.
“One thing we have been working on is our consistency throughout a game, being able to complete a three period game,” Bryer said. “We did that against Stoney Creek. I think we did that as well against Lake Orion. We played the right way and stuck to our game plan for the whole 51 minutes.”
The Wolves finished league play with a 7-2 over Lake Orion on Saturday.
“They were awesome,” Bryer said. “I think senior night was fun. We did a good job of enjoying it and celebrating the seniors. But we were also able to flip the switch and be ready to play.”
Collis led the team with three goals.
“Devon had a big night which was very fitting because he is a senior, and he has been here for three years,” said Bryer.
Botterill had one goal and two assists. Croston and Eric Wade each had one goal and one assist. Ryan Lemker had one goal. Walker had four assists. R. Wade had three assists, Adams had two assists and Tyler Wilford had one assist.
“We got contributions from a lot of seniors,” Bryer added. “It was great to see those guys and their last game at DSC get on the score sheet.”
Hartner had 19 saves in the net.
Clarkston (19-2-2, 8-1-1 OAA Red) finishes the regular season this Saturday against Utica Eisenhower at the Mount Clements Ice Arena.
They play in the MHSAA Division 1 Ice Hockey Regional 3 Semifinal against the Howell/Grand Blanc winner on Feb. 25 at Hartland Sports Center, 6:30 p.m.
Bryer added the games the team has played and lessons they have learned will help in the post season.
“They know if they play the right way and are consistent we can compete with any team in the state,” he said. “The big thing is our confidence, our consistency, the boys being able to play together. The chemistry has been awesome year. It is one of the closest teams I have been a part of.”
By Wendi Reardon Price