Franklin ices Lakeland to improve to 4-0

Franklin ices Lakeland to improve to 4-0


Franklin ices Lakeland to improve to 4-0


Hockey Puck, Stick, and Net (landscape)

Hockey Puck, Stick, and Net (landscape)

The Livonia Franklin boys hockey team heads into the Thanksgiving break on a roll.

The Patriots improved to 4-0 overall with a 5-3 victory Wednesday night over host White Lake Lakeland in a game played at Lakeland Ice Arena.

Franklin opened the first period with three straight goals.

Chase Wallis opened the scoring from Brendan Whitney and Nik Salisbury followed by Max McCrory’s goal from Brendan Nutting and Jack Engle. Trevor Lassaline then converted on a power play from Wallis with 3:36 left for a 3-0 lead.

But Travis Gragg got the Eagles (1-1-1) on the board with just 36 seconds left in the opening period to trim the deficit to 3-1.

Lakeland’s Bryant Cohen then scored the next two goals in the second period, one on an unassisted short-handed effort just 42 seconds into the period and the other off an assist from Blake Kocsis at 10:37 to make it 3-all.

But the Patriots took the lead for keeps getting a goal from Zack Nelson off an assist from Nutting with only 14 seconds left in the second.

Whitney then put it away off an assist from Wallis with 7:07 remaining in the third to give Franklin a two-goal cushion and the victory.

Franklin freshman netminder Jake Penny, who made 27 saves, recorded his fourth straight victory.

Brandon Pomerleau had 29 saves for the Eagles.

“We’re so happy to win four in a row,” Franklin coach Dennis Gagnon said. “Thanksgiving holiday – the boys have four days off. We’ve been working hard the last month and it’s good to get a little time off. Hopefully we come back ready to rock.”

W.L. CENTRAL 5, SOUTH LYON 1: On Nov. 24, Ian Smith scored two goal and added one assist to propel Walled Lake Central (2-0) to a victory over South Lyon Unified (2-2) at Farmington Hills Ice Arena.

Ryan Sutcliffe, Cam Stevenson and Alex Kocoves each chipped in with a goal and assist for the Vikings, who led 3-0 after one period.

After a scoreless second period, South Lyon’s Shane Agnello tallied a power-play goal from Garrett Wegh and Tony Paugh with 8:01 remaining to cut the deficit to 3-1.

But goals by Stevenson and Smith with 7:16 and 2:28, respectively, remaining, sealed the victory for Central.

Central goaltender Jake Butler made 31 saves, while Jared Paugh had 21 stops for South Lyon.


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