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Posted: 01/09/13

Goalie Matt McCracken gloves another puck against the Port Huron Big Reds Dec. 22.

(Photo courtesy of Kevin McCracken)

Hockey team improves
to 8-2 on the season

      The Romeo High School varsity hockey team started its Christmas vacation from school on Friday, Dec. 21, but continued to play great hockey and increase its record to 8-2 over the school break.
       The Bulldogs hosted the Port Huron Big Reds on Saturday, Dec. 22, at Suburban Ice Macomb. The period opened and the Bulldogs seemed to be a step ahead of the Big Reds as they tried to score the opening goal. Halfway through the period, Jacob Hoxsey scored the first goal against the Big Reds assisted by Jake Rutkoske.
       The Bulldogs soon found themselves in penalty trouble when the Big Reds were on a 5 on 3 power play. That didn't stop the Bulldogs, as Mitch Pacitti scored a short-handed unassisted goal. The period ended with the Bulldogs leading 2-0.
       The second period began and soon the Bulldogs found themselves on a power play as the Big Reds received a boarding penalty. The Bulldogs capitalized on the opportunity and Pacitti scored a power play goal assisted by Mitch Bidus and Hoxsey. The Bulldogs continued their strong hockey play as Trevor Tessmar scored again for the Bulldogs assisted by Matteo Mazur making the score 4-0. But the Big Reds weren't done yet, as they responded seconds later with a goal making the score 4-1. With just over a minute left in the period, new Bulldog Billy Sklag scored his first goal assisted by Pacitti. The period ended with the Bulldogs leading 5-1.
       In the third period, the Bulldogs continued the scoring action as Kyle Nedbal scored a shorthanded unassisted goal. Two minutes later, Hoxsey increased the score to 7-1 assisted by Bidus and Noah Ganfield. The Bulldogs continued to dominate the game and Cam Gillem scored assisted by Hunter Jenuwine. The game ended with a Bulldog victory and a score 8-1.
       Matt McCracken had a stellar performance for his first game in net for the Bulldogs.
       "I had a good time," he said. "It felt good to be back. A great team win."
       Ganfield had his first assist for the Bulldogs.
       When asked about his new team, Ganfield said, "I think we're great. We need to move our feet more but we have the talent to win every game."
       The Bulldogs were back on the ice at Macomb on Friday, Jan. 4, as they hosted the Midland Dow Chargers. It didn't take long for the scoring action to begin as Pacitti scored for the Bulldogs assisted by Hoxsey. The Bulldogs found themselves shorthanded twice in the period but were able to waive off the Chargers. The period ended with the Bulldogs leading 1-0.
       Midland opened the second period with new quickness in their play. Halfway through the period the Chargers scored, tying the game 1-1. The Bulldogs worked to take back their lead, and with less than four minutes remaining in the period, Dustyn Fleming scored assisted by Pacitti. The period closed with the Bulldogs leading 2-1.
       In the third period, the Bulldogs increased their intensity as they were aware that a one goal lead might not be enough against this highly ranked team. Halfway through the period, Dakota Danescu scored for the Bulldogs assisted by Tessmar and Mazur. Late in the third, the Chargers were penalized for holding and Tessmar scored a power play goal assisted by Fleming. The Bulldogs had another victory with a score of 4-1.
       The next night, the Bulldogs traveled to the Lindell Arena to face the Royal Oak Ravens. Jenuwine started the scoring action on his first shift with a nice pass by Gillem and also assisted by Kyle Hansen. The Bulldogs continued on their scoring mission as Tessmar swatted his own rebound shot out of the air and into the net. Danescu and Fleming assisted on the goal. The Bulldogs had to contend with the frustration of the Ravens as the physical play of the game increased. Jenuwine put in a loose puck shot by Nedbal. The Ravens found themselves in penalty trouble and the period ended with the Bulldogs leading 3-0.
       During the second period, the Bulldogs had many scoring chances but the Ravens had the first goal of the period making the score 3-1. The Bulldogs continued their quest and Mazur scored an unassisted goal increasing the lead 4-1. Jenuwine again scored for the Bulldogs assisted by Gillem and Bidus earning him his first hat trick of the season. The Bulldogs still weren't finished, as Gillem scored assisted by Jenuwine and Bidus making the lead 6-1. With less than a minute left in the third, Adam Soboleski finished the scoring for the Bulldogs with an unassisted goal. The Bulldogs won 7-1.
       When asked about his hat trick for the night, Jenuwine said, "It was very exciting. I'm happy that I could contribute to the scoring and keep our winning streak going."
       The Bulldogs hope to keep their winning streak alive as they continue with a full schedule including two games that are very special to them in the near future. On Jan. 18, they will host their 3rd Annual Charity Cancer game at Macomb. All proceeds from the game will be donated to Summer Earl, a third-grader at Hevel Elementary who is fighting cancer. On Jan. 26, the Bulldogs will play in their first-ever outdoor hockey game at Clark Park in Detroit. Next, the Bulldogs host the Chippewa Valley Big Reds at 8:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 12, at Suburban Ice Macomb.

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