Let the (hockey) games begin
OAA Red Tournament
Quarterfinals (Friday at FH Ice Arena)
Game 1: #1 Rochester United vs. #8 Birmingham Unified, 8:15 p.m.
Game 2: #4 Clarkston vs. #5 Farmington, 8:30 p.m.
Game 3: #3 Stoney Creek vs. #6 Oxford, 5:45 p.m.
Game 4: #2 Farmington Unified vs. #7 Lake Orion, 6 p.m.
Semifinals (Saturday at Birmingham Ice Arena)
Winners of Games 1 and 2, 6:30 p.m.
Winners of Games 3 and 4, 4 p.m.
Championship game (Feb. 23 at Detroit Skating Club)
Semifinal winners, 8 p.m.
Catholic League Championships
Saturday at Joe Louis Arena (Tickets $6)
Division 2 championship
Riverview Gabriel Richard vs. Royal Oak Shrine, 4:30 p.m.
Division 1 championship
Birmingham Brother Rice vs. Orchard Lake St. Mary's, 7 p.m.
Big-time teams, big-time game on tap
The top two teams in the state - regardless of division - will face off for the second time this season on Friday night. Brother Rice will travel to Wallace Arena to take on Cranbrook. The teams are a combined 35-4-4. The two teams have a lot in common. They have each lost to Hill Academy (Ont.) and Catholic Central. And they tied 2-2 in their first meeting back in December.
A win by the Cranes will all but seal a MIHL championship. Brother Rice needs a win and some help from De La Salle or Trenton to beat or tie the Cranes. The puck is expected to drop at 7:15 p.m. I plan on being there. You should, too.
Congratulations are in order
Walled Lake Central wrapped up the KLAA North Division title last week. The Vikings are 5-1-5 in league play (15 points). Their lone league loss came to Hartland - ranked No. 8 in Division 2.
And some more props
Longtime Trenton head coach Mike Turner picked up career win No. 600 over the weekend at the MIHL Showcase. Already a MHSHCA Hall of Famer, Turner's teams have won 10 state championships, while finishing runner-up four more times. Four players have won the Mr. Hockey award playing for Turner.
Top performances from this past week
- Connor Moesta, Lake Orion: Scored a pair of goals and totaled four points in his team's 8-3 win over Livonia Franklin at MPHSHS in Chelsea. His teammates Nolan Page (two goals) and Drew Casey (four points) also came up big.
- Jimmy Wallington/Stephan Fritz, Oxford: Had two goals and an assist each in the Wildcats' 6-2 win over Lakeland Sunday.
- Cooper McLean, Farmington: Netted a hat trick in the Falcons' 9-2 domination of Walled Lake Northern Sunday. Nick Heffron finished with a goal and four assists in the victory.
- Austin Sereno, Waterford Mott: Notched four goals to lead the Corsairs past Port Huron, 6-4, Saturday night.
- Chris Bradley/Ryan Bradley, Royal Oak Shrine: The two combined for two goals and five assists to lead the Knights to a 5-1 win over Otisville-Lakeville on Saturday.
- Ryan Burnett, Catholic Central: Had a pair of goals to lead the Shamrocks past Notre Dame Prep (Wis.), 6-3.
- Nathan Grathwohl, Country Day: Stopped 18 of 19 shots to lead his Yellowjackets past Grand Rapids Catholic Central at the MIHL Showcase.
- Alex Alger, Cranbrook: The senior had a pair of goals in the Cranes' 4-3 shootout win over Notre Dame Prep (Wis.). He also scored in the shootout.
- Ryan Mulka, Detroit Catholic Central: Made 18 saves in leading the Shamrocks to a 2-1 win over Upper Canada College at the MIHL Showcase Saturday.
- Jacob Saroli, Birmingham Unified: Stopped 30 of 32 shots he faced in the Kings' 3-2 shootout win over Warren De La Salle Saturday. Teammate Adam Susalla notched a pair of goals in the victory.
- Tyler Manasco, South Lyon Unified: His redirection in overtime gave his team a 3-2 overtime win over Stoney Creek Sunday at the MPHSHS in Chelsea.
- Joe Nagle, Royal Oak Shrine: Had a hat trick to lead the Knights past Notre Dame Prep, 8-4, and into this weekend's CHSL Division 2 championship game at Joe Louis Arena.
- Brad Merola/Nathan Gurzell, Troy Athens: Combined for three goals and four assists in the Red Hawks' 5-3 win over Royal Oak.
- Ian Marchand, Troy Athens: Had a hat trick to lead his team to a 6-0 win over Fraser.
- Nick Heffron, Farmington: Mustered up a hat trick, while teammate Marc Nahat scored the other two goals in the Falcons' 5-3 win over Marquette.
- Derek Moore, Catholic Central: Stopped all 11 shots he faced in a 3-0 win over Grosse Pointe North.
- Ross Haffey, Brother Rice: Had a pair of goals and two more assists in the Warriors' 5-0 win over De La Salle. Nicholas Macina picked up the shutout in goal for the Warriors.
- Alex Alger/Austin Alger/Billy Young, Cranbrook: The trio combined for five goals and 13 points in 7-2 win over Wyandotte