Milford hockey posted its second win of the year Friday in dramatic shootout fashion against Utica.
The game ended 2-2 in regulation, setting up the shootout.
Brad Thome scored on the first attempt and, after a miss, Chase Spadoni put the Mavs up 2-1 in the shootout.
Goalie Dustin Rim needed a save to get the win and came through.
“This game could’ve gone either way and Utica played us hard,” Milford coach Hugh Pobur said. “We know their coaching staff very well and these guys came to play. It was nice to see two evenly matched teams compete with the excitement level both teams had this evening.”
Goals in regulation came from junior Michael Ralston and senior Tyler Colgrove. Jake Pobur assisted on both goals.
The Mavs also took on powerhouse Hartland, falling 7-0.
The Eagles led 2-0 after the first period and 5-0 after the second.
“Our backup goalie Ben Dolgikh, who has only played organized hockey since November, played the last three minutes of the game and did an outstanding job for us,” coach Pobur said. “Ben allowed a couple of goals, but made a fantastic acrobatic save to keep us from getting (mercied).”
Lakeland swim and dive
Lakeland swim and dive hosted an invite Saturday and placed third.
Head coach Chris Follick saw plenty of positives.
“Although the Lakeland boys earned a third-place finish at the Lakeland Invitational this weekend, all swimmers had best times in at least one event,” he said. “This is in part due to the dedication these boys have not only to each other, but to the training plan. Over the past few weeks, coach Brandon and myself have witnessed a transformation with our young team and their dedication toward the defense of their division title from last year.”
Follick also pointed out several swims which stood out for the Eagles – Connor Skrobot (1:00:43) and Max Carey (1:00:53) in the 100 fly; freshman anchor Jack Winslow in the 200 free (22.32) and 400 free (49.82) relays; captain Dylan Henderson in the 400 free relay (53.63); Thomas Antishin in the 500 free (5.10.08) and Dylan McHale in the 100 free (59.41) with a personal best by eight seconds.
The Mavs fell in a pair of matches Jan. 7 to Wayne and John Glenn.
Wayne beat the Mavericks, 38-24.
Wins for Milford came from Seth Wickman at 119 pounds (4-2), Trevor Bageris at 135 (19-4), David Joyner at 145 (15-3), Matt Frankovich at 215 (pin) and Brandon Krol at 285 (pin).
Milford also lost to John Glenn, 52-18.
Wins came from Joyner at 145 (pin), Tyler Lovelace at 189 (pin), Blake Peterson at 215 (5-3) and Krol at 285 (12-5).
Milford-Lakeland unified gymnastics finished third at a meet last week. Brighton took top honors with 140.775, followed by Howell with 140.55 and Milford-Lakeland with 127.4.
Highlights were Emily Hale with 8.6 and Haley Varilone with 8.55 on the vault; Lauren Graham with 8.45 on the beam; Paige Thomas with 8.4 and Graham with 8.375 on the floor; and Madeline Speck with 7.35 on the bars.
“The meet went well. We have a young team, half of the team is freshmen, so they are still finding their way in high school gymnastics,” coach Shannon Gohrmann said. “Our scores are improving and we are looking forward to our invitational that we are hosting this weekend at Lakeland High School.”
Gohrmann also unfortunately reported an injury to Varilone will keep her out the rest of the season.
The team will host the Jeanne Caruss Memorial Invitational with 18 schools from the area starting at 9 a.m. Saturday at Lakeland.
Lakeland girls snowboarding started off the season with a win at a five-team meet. The Eagles scored 2,168 points to edge Milford with 2,154. Walled Lake Northern was third with 2,131. Ladywood and Detroit Country Day also competed.
On the boys side, Walled Lake Northern was first with 6,409. Milford took second with 6,320 and Lakeland placed third with 6,309.
– By Jeff Theisen