The stats were a bit misleading as far as Novi Detroit Catholic Central coach Danny Veri was concerned.
Even thought senior Spencer Wright had to make only 10 saves, it started with the last line of defense and led to a 4-0 shutout victory over Northville in Saturday’s the Michigan Interscholastic Hockey League Showcase at Trenton’s Kennedy Arena.
“Our goaltender was very active playing the puck today,” said Veri “They (Northville) tried to establish fore-checks and we were able to set it up and get it up out of the zone quickly. The ‘D’ did play very well, but they had a third guy back there helping them.”
Top-ranked CC, the three-time defending MHSAA Division 1 champions, never let Northville get any offense going while improving to 16-5-1 overall.
With a 12-5 shot advantage, CC took a 1-0 lead at 14:32 of the opening period on Evan Rochowiak’s goal from Kyle Mulka.
In the scoreless second, the Shamrocks outshot Northville 9-1, but couldn’t score again until the 28-second mark of the third when CC’s Andrew Lane made it 2-0 off an assist from Alec Kreutzer.
And at the 9:58 mark of the final period, Dillon Jones gave CC a three-goal cushion with a goal assisted by Andrew Spiegel and Brian Kearns.
The Shamrocks then put an exclamation point on the victory with only 1:34 left on JoJo Mancinelli’s goal from Lane and Ryan Burnett.
Senior Chance Boutin made 27 saves for the fourth-ranked Mustangs, who slipped to 14-7-3 overall.
“We’re pretty fortunate that we’re a pretty deep team,” said Veri, whose team went 0-for-4 on the power play. “I wouldn’t say I rolled my lines, but I rolled them as much as I could. In PKs and power play situations, I did different players. But for the most part we were rolling our four. The boys were playing hard today. They had a good weekend. It was a good win.”
The Mustangs were unable to take advantage of five CC penalties.
“We were 0-for-5 on the power play, and that hurt,” Northville coach Clint Robert said. “We were missing the net on shots a little bit. We’ve got to do a better job hitting the net. We probably had six or seven pretty good opportunities where we just missed the net.
“But overall, I was pleased with the effort of the boys put out there. We got to the third period down a goal and CC scored 30 seconds into the period and that one kind of hurt. But our boys never really gave up. We kept battling.”
Northville was coming off a 1-0 shootout loss on Friday in the MIHL Showcase to Houghton, which is ranked No. 2 in Division 3.
“We’re not happy with the outcomes of both these games this weekend, but we’re very happy with the effort and we know if we have that kind effort going forward in the (state) playoffs that we can make an excellent run,” Robert said.