Unbeaten Hartland keeps Mavs winless, 8-0

Unbeaten Hartland keeps Mavs winless, 8-0


Unbeaten Hartland keeps Mavs winless, 8-0


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With Thanksgiving on the horizon, the Hartland hockey team had plenty to be thankful for going into the holidays following an 8-0 victory Wednesday night over division rival Milford at the Hartland Sports Center.

Although it took some time for the Eagles (4-0 overall, 3-0 KLAA West) to get in their groove, once they got started, there was no going back.

Hartland’s night-long appetite for goals began less than seven minutes into the contest, which came off a shot by junior forward Joe Burrill from the right faceoff dot while shorthanded.

The goal appeared to be a simple blemish by the Mavericks (0-4, 0-3) until the final minute of the period, when they surrendered a pair of goals from forward Josh Albring and defenseman Kyle Mazur to take a 3-0 advantage heading into the second.

“The first period I thought was our best because we hung with them for 16 minutes and it was 1-0,” Milford coach Hugh Pobur said. “We played man-on-man and it worked well. We just gave up a couple silly goals and that was it.”

Hartland’s momentum carried over into the following period, with special teams being a major factor in their success.

Down a player due to a tripping penalty, the Eagles were still able to find the back of the net, courtesy of a Mavericks’ turnover in the neutral zone. Defenseman Justin Tulpa broke up a Milford pass, before sending the puck over to forward Jake Gallaher for the finish with 13:21 elapsed.

Just 33 seconds later, Hartland made it a 5-0 affair on Albring’s second tally of the night, which came from the top of the crease.

Seniors Luke Cowan and Nick Snyder padded the Eagles’ lead in the early moments of the third, followed by a power-play tally from defenseman Zach Sexton at the 2:34 mark to force an abbreviated end to the contest.

Hartland coach Rick Gadwa weighed the good and bad of his team’s performance.

“We definitely weren’t consistent, but we’re trying to find that,” Gadwa said. “A lot of ups and downs and peaks and valleys are things as a coach, you don’t like, so I guess I’ll start a negative in that.

“The positives are we found goals in bunches and were able to mercy a team. Milford played hard and it was 1-0 for almost the whole first period. They did a good job holding back a team that was going hard at them, so I’ll give them a lot of credit for that.”

The Eagles held a 23-4 advantage in shots on net, 12 of which came during the first period.

Junior goaltender Vinnie Szerlag collected 15 saves in the loss for the Mavericks, while senior Christian Spangler stopped all four shots to preserve the shutout for Hartland.

“We’ve played four really good teams,” Pobur said. “I don’t think our schedule gets any easier for us because we have to come and bring it and play a lot better. We’re trying to keep the kids fired up and we’ll go from there.”

ROYAL OAK 9, MILFORD 4: On Nov. 21, Henry Gabriel scored four goals to lead the Ravens (1-0-1) past the Mavericks (1-2) in a non-league game at the Hartland Sports Center.

Billy Dennis also added two goals and one assist, while Wade Herbert added a goal and three assists as Royal Oak led 6-4 after two period before scoring three unanswered goals in the third.

Michael Osinski scored a pair of goals and added one for Milford, whle Gabe Bettley and Robert Philip also scored.

Other assists went to Gabe Bettley, Ryne Silver, Chase Spadoni, Dillon Tierney and E.J. Knight.

Royal Oak goalie Julian Loukkala made 19 saves, while Vinnie Szerlag had 34 for Milford.


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