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Posted: 01/16/13

Jake Rutkoske fires the puck on the Big Reds during Romeo's mercy call victory on Jan. 12.

(Photo courtesy of Kevin McCracken)

Hockey team beats Big
Reds in two periods, 8-0

      The Romeo varsity hockey team continued its winning streak Saturday, Jan. 12, when players steamrolled over the Chippewa Valley Big Reds, winning the game early with a mercy call and score of 8-0.
       The game started with the Bulldogs being pinned in their end and allowing many scoring opportunities for the Big Reds. The momentum took a totally new direction when Jacob Hoxsey scored the first goal of the game assisted by Kyle Nedbal. Frustrated, the Big Reds received a major penalty call and Hunter Jenuwine scored a power play goal assisted by Mitch Pacitti. The Bulldogs were leading 2-0. The lead kept growing as Jake Rutkoske scored another power play goal, making the score 3-0 assisted by Pacitti and Jenuwine.
       The Big Reds called a time out to regroup as the Bulldogs were issued a penalty and found themselves short a player. But that didn't help the Big Reds, as Pacitti scored a shorthanded goal assisted by Rutkoske and goaltender Nick Santi. The shooting frenzy continued for the Bulldogs as Hoxsey scored again assisted by Nedbal making the score 5-0.
       With less than two minutes left in the period, Hoxsey earned his first hat trick of the season as he scored his third goal of the night assisted by Matteo Mazur and Pacitti. Cam Gillem scored the last goal of the period assisted by Mitch Bidus and Jenuwine and the period ended with the Bulldogs leading 7-0.
       The second period went very quickly as the clock was running due to the large goal differential. The Bulldogs played defensive hockey and kept the Big Reds from having many scoring opportunities. The Big Reds continued to look defeated as Hoxsey scored his fourth goal of the night assisted by Rutkoske. As the buzzer sounded, the game was called after the second period and the Bulldogs won 8-0 increasing their season record to 9-2.
       Asked about his great night, Hoxsey stated, "It felt good to score but I care more about the team to be honest."
       Greg Brynaert, Romeo Athletic Department director and a big supporter of the Bulldog hockey team, also noticed the strengths of the team.
       "We are really excited about the energy and effort that this team has put out," he said. "We know if they continue their positive working team play, the outcome will be successful."
       Success is what the Bulldogs are hoping for as they prepare this week for their upcoming Cancer Charity Game this Friday night at 8:30 p.m. at Suburban Ice Macomb.

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