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Jason Schmitt is the editor of MIPrepZone.com, the high school sports website for The Oakland Press. He has served as the sports editor for a number of newspapers, including the Daily Tribune in Royal Oak and the Macomb Daily in Mount Clemens. In his time in the industry, he has covered every high school sport and has served a a beat writer for boys and girls soccer, boys and girls tennis, hockey, wrestling, bowling and cross country.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

This week in high school hockey (Jan. 31)

Rules are rules. I get that. And the Oakland Activities Association has its rules for determining a regular-season champion - or for seeding purposes for the upcoming league tournament - spelled out very clear:

During the regular season schedule, if a team wins in overtime the league will still record the game as ending in a tie and will be recorded as such for league stats purposes.

Furthermore, if a tie does exist between two teams - and there was a tie in their game - the second tiebreaker is goal differential. So aside from some post-game celebration after beating its arch-rival, Clarkston, all Lake Orion received for its 2-1 overtime victory in what should have been a winner-take-all regular season league finale was ... a second seed in the league tourney. Not taking anything away from Clarkston, which will be the top-seed at the league tournament, but Lake Orion won the game.
But in the end, rules are rules. And the rules say the Wolves are the top seed. Let's hope the coaches re-visit the rules and make the appropriate changes in the offseason.

The OAA Tournament is more than a week away. This weekend the OAA will take part in the MAC-OAA Showcase at the Onyx Ice Arena in Rochester. The tournament pits the top-ranked OAA team against the top-ranked Macomb Area Conference team, the second-best against the second-best, and so on, based on the USHSHO rankings as of the third week of January.
So Saturday's showcase will feature the OAA's best, Lake Orion, against the MAC's best, St. Clair Shores Unified, at 8 p.m. OAA No. 2 seed Clarkston will play No. 3 Macomb Dakota, while OAA No. 3 Farmington Unified will play No. 2 Utica Eisenhower (Clarkston and Eisenhower had already played earlier this season).
For a complete list of games, go to the OAA Hockey's home page and follow the links near the top of the page.

Top performances from this past week:
- James Nahikian, Troy: The senior recorded his third-straight hat trick Wednesday night against Royal Oak. He also had four goals against Anchor Bay Saturday and three against Utica Friday.
- Derek Moore, Catholic Central: Stopped all 14 shots he faced in the Shamrocks' 5-0 win over state-ranked Livonia Stevenson Saturday. Derek Moore had two goals and Michael Babcock three assists in the victory.
- Sebastian Stankiewicz, Country Day: Had two goals as the Yellowjackets won on the road Saturday.
- Luke Ortel, Bishop Foley: The senior scored a pair of goals and added an assist in the Warriors' 4-1 win over Lutheran North. Teammates Ryan VanBommel and Austin Lukaschewski had three points each, as well.
- Austin Alger, Cranbrook: Scored four goals in the Cranes 7-3 win over Grosse Pointe North Saturday. Linemate Kevin Shand assisted on all four of Alger's goals.
- Adam Pardanoff, Oxford: Stopped all 20 shots he faced in the Wildcats' shutout win over Rochester United.
- Jimmy Wallington, Oxford: Had two goals in his team's 4-0 win over Rochester United Monday night.
- Neal Krentz and Brendan McAlister, Bloomfield Hills United: The pair combined for four goals - McAlister a hat trick - and two assists in their team's win over L'Anse Creuse Saturday.
- Ryan Brown, Lakeland: Brown scored a pair of goals to lead the Eagles to a 5-3 win over Kettering Saturday night.
- Justin McKelvey, Lake Orion: McKelvey scored the game-winner in overtime to lead the Dragons past Clarkston Saturday night, 2-1.
- Mackenzie MacEachern, Brother Rice: The senior had a hat trick and five total points to lead Brother Rice to a 10-3 blowout win over U-D Jesuit Friday. Andrew Roye had four assists and Thomas Ebbing , Chandler Gillespie and Ross Haffey three points each in the win.
- Sam Miletic, Cranbrook: Miletic had two goals and two assists, one of six Cranes with at least three points, in their 10-3 win over Warren De La Salle Friday. Alex Alger, Austin Alger, Kevin Shand, Blake Manginell and Andrew DeClerck were the others.
- Austin Julvezan, Orchard Lake St. Mary's: He made 25 saves on 26 shots to help the Eaglets pick up a 3-1 win over Grosse Pointe North Friday night.
- Jared Vincek, South Lyon Unified: Notched a pair of goals in a 4-3 loss to Livonia Churchill Friday.
- Brent Boudreau, Rochester United: Scored a pair of goals and assisted on another in the team's 5-2 win over Birmingham Unified.
- Mackenzie MacEachern, Brother Rice: Had a goal and five assists in Brother Rice's 9-1 win over Wyandotte. Teammate Russell Cicerone had two goals and two assists as well.

Here are the updated MIHL, OAA, CHSL and KLAA league standings as of Tuesday (Jan. 31)

MIHL Standings
Team                    GP    W   L  T  OL  Pts.
Catholic Central     14    12   2   0   0     24
Cranbrook             13    10   2   0   1     21
Trenton                  12     8    3   0   1     17    
St. Mary's              11     8    3   0   0     16
Brother Rice          12     8    4   0   0     16
PH Northern          11     4   6    0   1      9
GP North               12     4   8    0   0      8
De La Salle            13     3  10    0    0    6
Wyandotte             11     2   8    0    1     5
U-D Jesuit             11     1   9    0    1     3

OAA Red
Team                      W  L  T  Pts.
Lake Orion              5  0   2   11
Clarkston                 5  0   2   11
Farmington U.          4  2   1    9
Farmington               4  3   0    8
Oxford                     2  4  1    5
Rochester U.            2  5  0    4
Birmingham U.         1  4   2    4
Stoney Creek           1  6  0    2

OAA White
Team                      W  L  T  Pts.
Berkley-Ferndale     7   0   1   15
Avondale                 6   3   0   12
West Bloomfield      5   3   0    10
Bloom. Hills United  4   4   0   8
Royal Oak               3   3   1   7
Troy                        3   6   0   6
Troy Athens             0   8   0   0

KLAA Central
Team                      W  L  T  Pts.
Brighton                   7   2   1   15
Novi                        6   3   1    13
Livonia Stevenson*   5   3   0   11
Northville*               4   4   1    10
South Lyon               4   5   0    8

KLAA North
Team                       W  L  T  Pts.
WL Northern            8   1   1    17
Waterford Mott        6   4   0    12
Lakeland                  3   6   0     6
WL Central              2   7   0     4
Waterford Kettering  1   8   0    2

KLAA West
Team                      W  L  T  Pts.
Howell                     8   1   1   17
Grand Blanc*           5   2   2   13
Hartland                   5   2   2   12
Pinckney                  5   4   2   12
Milford*                   4   4   0   9
WL Western             1   7   0   2
* one OT loss

CHSL Division 1 - Group A
Team                      W  L  T
Catholic Central        5   1  0
Cranbrook                1   1  0
Brother Rice             0   2  0
U-D Jesuit                0   2  0

CHSL Intersectional
Team                           W  L  T
AA Gabriel Richard       6   1   0
Bishop Foley                4   2   0
Cabrini                         3   2   1
Riv. Gabriel Richard      3   1   0
RO Shrine                    1   4  1
Lutheran North             0   6   1


LINKS TO GAME COVERAGE ON MIPREPZONE.COM
Oxford 4, Rochester United 0
Bloomfield Hills United 7, L'Anse Creuse 1
Lakeland 5, Waterford Kettering 3
Lake Orion 2, Clarkston 1 (OT)
Lake Orion 3, Waterford Mott 1
Lakeland 2, Fenton 2
Farmington Unified 6, Oxford 1
Rochester United 5, Birmingham Unified 2

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nahikian of Troy has had a hattrick in 3 consecutive games. 3 against Utica, 4 against Anchor Bay in a 4-2 win and 3 tonight against Royal Oak in a 6-3 win.

February 1, 2012 at 10:24 PM 
Blogger Jason Schmitt said...

Thanks anonymous. I will add him to the list above. And if you know the coach or someone affiliated with the team, have them call or email their results into The Oakland Press so I will be aware of these great performances. The coach knows who we are. Thanks!

February 1, 2012 at 11:39 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shane Switzer a sophomoredefenseman at Detroit Country Day had a goal and 3 assists in the Yellow Jackets 5-1 victory over Flint Powers. Switzer the leading scoring defenseman in the state of Michigan and All State selection as a freshman last year is following up last year with another stellar campaign having already tallied 18 goals so far in
leading DCD to a 15-3 start

February 1, 2012 at 11:46 PM 
Blogger Jason Schmitt said...

FYI anonymous #1, we had a reporter out at the Troy-Royal Oak game. Here's the link: http://www.miprepzone.com/oakland/results.asp?ID=6411

February 2, 2012 at 12:40 AM 

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