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Lakeland uses third period surge to down Waterford United

By Michael Wallwork 01/14/2015, 10:50pm EST

WATERFORD The Lakeland Eagles defeated Waterford United 5-1 in KLAA boys hockey action Wednesday night.

“We put together three solid periods,” Eagles assistant coach Collin Lindsay said. “The team was playing for each other – the defense helping out the forwards, the forwards helping out the defense, and everyone helping out the goalie.”

Heading into the third period with a slim 1-0 lead, the Eagles blew the game open with a flurry of goals early in the final period, hitting the net four times in the span of five minutes. The Eagles started the period on the power play and cashed in when Nolan Johnson found Blake Kocsis alone on the back side of the play for an easy tap in to make it 2-0 barely a minute into the period. Matt Kovach made it 3-0 when he banged in a rebound less than two minutes later. After, Keegan Finch scored for Waterford United, the Eagles got the goal back just 21 seconds later when Kocsis picked the top corner in transition. Travis Gregg closed out the scoring a couple minutes later. “Being around hockey, it’s like a lot of sports, when you get something rolling the pieces start to fall into place and it’s a trickle down effect,” Lindsay said. “It was nice to see that at the beginning of the third period.”

Despite trailing 1-0, it was Waterford United who had controlled play for much of the first two periods, out shooting the Eagles in both the first and second periods. But it was a game of near misses for United and big saves from Eagles goaltender Brandon Pomerleau, who stopped 33 shots on the night, giving his offense chance to get going. “He made some big saves, and he was pretty active in net,” Lindsay said. “He can make big saves out there, but he has to be active stopping pucks that are getting dumped in behind the net and talking to his teammates, and our goalie was doing that tonight.”

“We had a lot of chances, but didn’t capitalize on the opportunities that we did have,” Waterford United head coach Marty White said. “Good teams, good games you’ve got to capitalize on those and we didn’t do that today.”

With the win, the Eagles even their record in KLAA play at 3-3.

Next up for Lakeland is a tough home match up against Hartland.

Waterford United slips to 2-6 in KLAA play heading into a Saturday night crossover game against Livonia Churchill. “We had moments of good games, but not complete games,” White said of his young team. “We’ve just got to keep working.”

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Howell blanks Lakeland on ice

By Jeff Theisen 01/13/2015, 12:06am EST

Howell unleashed its potent offense Friday against Lakeland and the Eagles had little response in a 9-0 loss at Grand Oaks Arena.

Howell outshot Lakeland 12-2 in the opening period and cruised to a 3-0 lead.

Goals came 2:39 in, 4:28 in and 7:01 into the first.

The second period was twice as bad, as Howell put the game away with six goals to end the game on the mercy rule.

Howell scored four times in the first 6:02 of the period and added goals with 7:36 to play and with 13 seconds to play in the second.

Adam Szymanski started and stopped 10 of 14 shots. Brandon Pomerleau finished the game, stopping four of nine shots.

Howell posted 23 shots, while Lakeland managed seven.

The Eagles fall to 3-8, while Howell improves to 7-4.

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Lakeland hockey shuts out Milford 8-0

By Chris Wall 12/24/2014, 10:00pm EST

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Lakeland shut out Huron Valley rival Milford, 8-0, on Saturday night after making the short trip down M59.

The Eagle’s defense was solid as senior goalie Adam Szymanski stopped 11 shots on the way to the shutout victory.The first 14 minutes was a tight checking game highlighted by a number of big hits by both squads. Junior defenseman Brendan Lewis scored with 3:32 remaining in the first period to give the Eagles a 1-0 lead.

Milford was whistled for a five-minute-major penalty with just 32 seconds left in the first period.The Eagles broke the game open as they scored three goals in the first two minutes of the second period. Junior forward Blake Kocsis lit the lamp with 15:05 left on a wrist shot followed by a goal by Matthew Kovach to give the Eagles a commanding 30 lead. Kocsis gave the Eagles a 40 margin 45 seconds later on a back hander.

Milford (1-5 in KLAA, 1-9) fought hard in the rivalry game as things got chippy in the second period. Junior forward Nick Langley scored at the buzzer to give the Eagles a 5-0 margin at the end of the second period.The Eagles fought off a number of penalties in the third period as both teams combined to spend 38 minutes in the penalty box.The Mavericks were whistled for seven penalties while the Eagles had eight. Kovach’s goal with 2:55 left in the third gave the Eagles an 8-0 win.The game was halted after a big scrum in front of the Milford goal due to the mercy rule.

Head Coach Tim Ronayne was happy to get a win before the holiday break after a rough start in December. “We needed the win regardless of the score as we have been fighting it so far this season. We won a couple of games but we’ve been in a little rut lately,” he said. “We need to learn how to put a full game together. Milford played hard tonight.They have a good head coach and he will get things rolling.”

The Eagles upped their record to 2-2 in the KLAA and 3-7 overall heading into the holiday break.

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