Falcons jump on Flyers early en route to 8-2 win

Falcons jump on Flyers early en route to 8-2 win


Falcons jump on Flyers early en route to 8-2 win


Farmington’s Jason Petras scored two goals in the 8-2 win. Blake Maddalena of the Unified team is behind Petras.

Farmington’s Jason Petras scored two goals in the 8-2 win. Blake Maddalena of the Unified team is behind Petras.

A year’s time has made a big difference for the Farmington High School hockey team, which struggled to score at pivotal moments last year.

That hasn’t been a problem for the undefeated Falcons (3-0) this season, and they came through in a big way Wednesday night at Farmington Hills Ice Arena.

Farmington scored the first five goals in its annual pre-Thanksgiving game with rival Farmington Hills Unified and coasted to an 8-2 victory.

“We got goals from all three lines today,” coach Bill Newton said. “At the start of the season, I thought our team was very balanced, and I think it’s beginning to show and pay dividends.

“We can roll three, four lines consistently, and we’re doing a good job. Our kids are really buying into the concept we’re only going to go as far as our defense will take us.

“They realize, if you play good defense in your zone, it’s amazing how much offense you can generate from that if you’re not chasing the puck in your own end. So far it’s all good.”

The Falcons were on their way early when senior Cam Noseworthy took the first shot of the game 23 seconds into it and scored the first goal.

Unified went on a power play a short time later and even had a 5-on-3 advantage for 43 seconds, resulting in an early, 5-1 shots advantage for the Flyers, who failed to capitalize.

Farmington followed with goals by senior Jason Petras (9:31), senior Joe Majoros (8:50), junior Colin Finn (6:50) and Petras again (4:32) to take a five-goal lead into the break.

“Obviously, in a rivlary game, you have to come out hot,” Petras said. “We’ve started the year 3-0 and scored first in every game, which is huge. We did the same thing tonight.

“Cam started the night with a good goal, and we just built on that. We had the momentum the whole game and just never let up.”

Falcons’ total tally

Noseworthy scored the last goal of the game and also had two. Sophomore Tanner Neill and freshman Eli Arnold scored one apiece.

Majoros and senior defenseman Jordan Hoke had three assists each, Noseworthy and sophomore Joe Carbone two. Finn, Neill and sophomore Carter Wells assisted on one goal apiece.

“Sometimes, kids get so excited and nervous getting ready for this game,” Newton said. “I think we came out really well and got some good goals early and some confidence. For us, it was good because we’re scoring goals.”

All in the game

Newton played everybody and substituted regularly in the second period, which was more even despite the Falcons outshooting the Flyers, 16-8.

The only goal was by Unified senior Brandon Glasser until Majoros made it 6-1 with 20 seconds remaining.

“Every one of these kids comes to practice every day and works hard,” Newton said. “It’s rewarding for us as coaches when we can roll four lines and get all the defensemen involved, because it’s the only way you get better.

“Tonight was a great opportunity for a lot of our freshmen to play in a great environment, and they’re better players because they got to play. In that way, it was a great game for us.”

More even period

Newton acknowledged the Falcons did some things differently such as not running their regular power play and eased off the gas pedal a bit.

Unified also looked better defensively and more assertive offensively in the second period.

“I thought it was a combination of both,” Flyers coach Ken Anderson said. “A couple of our guys stepped up their intensity, and (the Falcons) lightened up whatever they did. It looked like we played better, but I’m not sure if that was the case.”

“I think their goalie (Thomas Bacon) settled down after that (first period),” Newton said. “He made some good saves in the second period to keep the game under control. Give that young man credit.”

‘Superior team’

Senior Andrew Nathan scored the second goal for the Flyers (0-3). Sophomores Tallon Brehmer and Blake Maddalena assisted on the Unified goals.

Junior goaltender Hunter Firestone played the first period for the Falcons and senior Tom Lockner the last two.

“We just lost to a superior team at this point,” Anderson said. “They beat us in every phase of the game. (They were) faster, quicker, wanted it more.

“They’re super disciplined and play hard to the whistle. They’re on a roll right now. Hopefully, we can catch up a little bit by the end of the year.

“We’re not even close to where we need to be, but that’s why we practice. Hopefully, we can learn from this loss. We have to; we have no choice.”

Age, training helps

Farmington’s off-ice training, hard work between seasons and added maturity is largely responsible for its 3-0 start, according to Newton.

“I’ve got seven seniors,” he said. “I’ve got seven men. It changes everything when you’re big and strong and playing against maybe 10th and ninth graders. They’re bigger, stronger, faster and it shows.”

“We have a lot of veterans,” Petras said. “This is my seventh Flyers game. We have to remind the guys it’s a 0-0 game every time you step on the ice, and you have to play like that.

“You have to control the highs and lows. That’s how you win big games like that, and that’s what we did tonight.”

Up North road trap

Petras added the Falcons will try to add two more victories to their record this weekend in the Traverse City Invitational.

“Like coach always says, ‘It’s going to be fun; it’s going to be team-building, but it’s a business trip.’ We’re going up there to win games, and that’s how you have to keep going.”


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