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Icehawks bag Mallards

Two days without practice proved just the right medicine for the Icehawks.
“A couple of the guys were very tired after the tough schedule of the past few weeks,” Icehawks’ Nick Lindberg said. “It was good for us to get the rest and an easier schedule. We played very well tonight.”
Despite 29 shots apiece, Port Huron downed the Quad City Mallards 4-1 on Saturday, January 23.
“Our power play got us going early,” Icehawks Coach Stan Drulia said. “(Adam) Russo made some big saves at the end but it was our special teams that made the difference.”
The Icehawks opened the scoring at the seven minute mark with a power play goal from Lindberg with assists from Daniel Tetrault and Brandon Naurato.
“We knew they were going to play passive,” Lindberg said. “I passed the puck to Tetrault and when he passed it back the goal was wide open.”
Quad City tied the score before the period ended. In the second Port Huron scored its second power play goal. Mike Gershon fired a shot from just inside the blue line to beat Quad City goalie Jerad Kaufmann.
Later in the second, Icehawks’ Derek Patrosso passed cross ice to Jamie Lovell at the blue line who shot the puck by Kaufmann.
“I knew Patrosso would see me,” Lovell said. “He waited until the seam was open and made a great pass. I was able to rip it home.
“These guys have played us hard the last couple times they played us. But when we stuck to our game plan it became almost easy.”
The Hawks added one more goal in the third by Mickael Bedard and held the Mallards scoreless although they were outshot 16-6 in the final period by the Mallards.
“We try to push the envelope every night,” Drulia said. “For the most part we were able to do that and tonight we were successful.”
The Icehawks return to McMorran to begin a three game home-away-home weekend series with the Flint Generals on Friday, February 12. Game time is 7:30 p.m. for the Friday match and 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. For further Icehawks information, visit www.porthuronicehawks.com.

Skippers Sink Raiders

“There were a lot of bodies flying in different directions,” said men’s basketball coach Dale Vos. Bodies tossed, scrambled, and sliced in a conference clash with Oakland Community College with the Skippers reigning victorious 80-73.
In the first half, the action was hot enough to peel the new paint off the gym walls. Both teams were back to back in the first half with scoring drives and plenty of rebounding.
Sophomore Devin Kling of Memphis, dropped three three-pointers in the first half. The scoring leader of the half was sophomore Kieon Arkwright from Flint with 13 points.
“This definitely is a game we needed to win and Oakland was a good team,” said Arkwright.
However, the Raiders were fighting right alongside the Skipper gents. Both teams battled head-to-head till the half time buzzer with the score 41-39 Skippers.
The second half shaped up to be more of the same. However, the Skippers came prepared after halftime. The team took advantage of their rebounding chances against Oakland. Sophomore Jake Stark from Richmond finished the game with a team-high seven rebounds.
What may have decided it all were two late three-pointers from Eric Mack, Jr. “Coach told us at half time we needed to box out more,” said Mack. And box out they did, earning 13 second-half rebounds that lifted the Skippers past Oakland.
This game gave the Raiders their first Michigan Community College Athletic Association loss of the season.
“The main focus of this game was defense and rebounds,” Coach Vos said. “The team probably got sick of hearing it, but I kept pressing the fact that we needed to just play our game close with these guys.”
The Skippers tacked on another victory making them 14-3 overall and 4-1 in the conference. Their next game is Thursday at number fourteen ranked Mott Community College.

Lady Skippers Steal Second Place

The Lady Skippers trampled the Oakland Raiders with a 78-64 win, last Saturday. The first half of the game proved to be a battle for both teams. SC4 started out with an aggressive defensive strategy, and a motive to push the ball up the floor.
“As a team, we have a lot of speed and we try to push the ball up the floor as much as possible,” Coach Carrie Lohr of SC4 said.
SC4 took control with a 7-2 run to start the game before OCC could rack up the points for a tie with 14 minutes left on the clock. Though both teams battled every second, The Skippers had a slim lead of 32-31 at the half before returning with a 14-2 run at the beginning of the second half. “(The run) was a total shock. OCC is a very talented and competitive team but the beginning of the second half allowed us to recover from our mistakes in the first half,” said Coach Lohr.
“We definitely came to win, and played to win,” said sophomore Korea Jackson from Chesterfield, who led the Skippers with 17 points. “We took second place by winning this game today, and we have been practicing hard to win first place this year.”
The Oakland Raiders high scorers were Chanel Hernandez with 19 points, and Danielle Kwasiborski with 14 points. The Skippers had an amazing offensive game with three double-double players: Chanahl Putnam 10 assists, 10 points; Jessica Stevenson 12 rebounds, 10 points; Megan Johnson 10 rebounds, 12 points. Also Jackie Highstreet had 13 points. Highstreet, Jackson, and Stevenson all drained two shots from behind the arch to add to the win.
“Scoring is an important quality for every player, and to be a team everyone has to score,” said Coach Lohr. “We are looking forward to the next couple of games, and we are hoping to fight our way into first place at tournament time.” The Lady Skippers’ next game is located at Mott Community College on January 20th; tip-off is at 5:30 p.m.

O. D.‘s Rant

Just as every cop is a criminal / and all your sinners saints…
Well, Glimmer Twins, we may as well bid sympathy to the Old Nick, for fair play is definitely being thrown out with the bath water. Let the ranting begin.
Watching Saturday’s game with the Red Wings and the Dallas Stars, I can only come to the conclusion that if there is not an unofficial prejudice against the Red Wings, the NHL officiating staff from the ice to Toronto should be held for charges of gross ineptitude.
During the shootout, a shot sent Wings goalie Jimmy Howard to the goal line to trap it. An NHL referee was standing a foot away, level with the goal line. He waved the play a save. Another referee skates up and whispers to check the play with Bettman’s lair in Toronto.
During the consultation there are shots of what appears to be the original referee being forced to justify his case. After prolonged consideration a goal is given to the Stars that proves to be the deciding measure of the shootout.
I challenge the viewer to show me indisputable evidence that the puck was over the line. That is the rule in overturning an on ice call.
Does this mean the referee who made the call is so blind that he cannot see the play better than an idiot in Toronto who has more note, indisputable evidence from afar?
Some may claim it is only a point. Yet a point could determine whether the Wings make the playoffs. The Wings play with honor. Imagine how that must stick in the craw of the suits.
This is only an example of what I have seen over the years. A non-call here, an overturned call there. The evidence is damning. I challenge a non-partial observer to overturn my call.
Finally, get rid of the NHL players participating in the Olympics. Number one, they are not amateurs. Number two, they screw up the schedule so badly that races are being determined in February. Number three, someone tell NHL wannabe Fuhrer Gary ‘hit them with a purse’ Bettman, that not only will the NHL never be the NBA, true fans don’t want it to be.
Check out www.firebettman.com for a few laughs.
On a sober note, if you can, contribute to the Red Cross for Haitian relief. We are so lucky in this country to have some sort of infrastructure. Our country is in desperate financial straits thanks to George ‘what me worry?’ Bush but when an event like the Haitian earthquake occurs, America takes the lead. That is what makes our country still the greatest.
Look around, if Port Huron had such a magnitude earthquake it would be leveled too. Let’s count our blessings and help our fellow brethren.
OK, I sounded like Tiny Tim for a sec. Next time, back to baring the fangs at affronts against truth, justice, and the American way!

Icehawks soar past Gems

The gods of hockey move in mysterious ways.
Elusive bounces of the puck gave the Dayton Gems a 3-1 lead after the first period despite being out shot by the Port Huron Icehawks, 13-9. Whether it was a change of goalies or a renewed focus on the game plan, the Icehawks roared back to score five unanswered goals.
Port Huron defeated Dayton, 6-3, on Friday, January 15 to continue to hold sole possession of first place in the IHL.
“The guys really rallied and found a way,” Port Huron Coach Stan Drulia said. “Dayton got a real lucky one, a deflection, then a late one.”
After the first period Port Huron replaced goalie Larry Sterling with Adam Russo.
“All their goals had nothing to do with my change of goalies. I can’t blame Larry,” Drulia said. “That was the first time I pulled a goalie all year. The move was a wake up call to the whole team.”
“I was really surprised they got lucky on all three goals,” Russo said. “The last goal was a snipe right past Larry’s head.”
Russo blanked the Gems the rest of the night, stopping 19 shots.
“In the last two periods our hitting swung the momentum,” Russo said. “We laid down six or seven checks in the first five minutes. We got the back to back goals that changed the tempo.”
After a Port Huron Brandon Naurato power play goal, the Hawks’ Tab Lardner tied the game at the ten minute mark of the second period. Mike Gershon gave the Hawks the lead with two minutes left.
“Big hits seemed to get contagious,” Drulia said. “That’s the way we know we can play. We need to get physical by committee. When we do that we are going to wear teams down with our speed. That’s what changed the game around.”
Jason Kostadine scored his first goal of the season at the 3:27 mark of the third period.
“It feels like I got a huge gorilla off my back,” Kostadine said. “I felt I was happy but my teammates started acting like we won the cup.”
“Kostadine has been working so hard for that goal,” Russo said. “He’s been playing so well lately.”
Port Huron’s Derek Patrosso added the Hawks’ sixth goal with less than two minutes left to ice the cake.
Quad City will visit McMorran on January 23. Game time is 8:00 p.m. For further Icehawks information, visit www.porthuronicehawks.com.

Grand Slam at Renaissance Festival

The St. Clair County Community College baseball team along with parents, coaches, friends and area high school honor society students teamed up to raise $44,991.89 running a food court with 13 booths at the Michigan Renaissance Festival during the fall semester.
The food court ran seven weekends from August through October and was the largest amount ever raised by an SC4 athletic fundraiser.
The money will cover all of the team’s overnight and spring training travel costs. As SC4 was forced to make cuts because of the economy, the baseball team and other athletic teams are picking up the slack in fundraising efforts for their respective programs.
The Renaissance Festival was made possible by Assistant Head Coach Ken Vernier who had the contact with the festival according to Skipper’s head coach Denny Dwyer.
Dwyer said, “This was only made possible by a tremendous effort by all the players, coaches, and even their friends and families.” Dwyer said, “It wasn’t easy, but the team pulled together and earned every penny of this.”
Shawn M. Starky, Executive Director of Public Relations, Marketing and Legislative Affairs said, “The college is proud of our baseball team’s efforts.” Starkey said “The fact that parents, friends and others also worked on this fundraiser speaks volumes about the support the baseball team has in our community.”
Starkey said, “We congratulate coaches Denny Dwyer and Ken Vernier on leading the team to the most successful athletic fundraiser in SC4 history.”
Good news travels fast. All the way to the Director of Athletics, men’s basketball and golf coach at SC4 Dale R. Vos. Vos said, “I am tremendously impressed by the leadership of the coaches and the diligence of the student athletes.”
Vos said, “These folks put in approximately 30 hours per weekend for 7 weekends all to help better their, and our, team.”
The Skipper’s are not done fundraising. They are putting on the Battle of the Bands contest and raffling off a trip to Hawaii to name a few in the upcoming weeks.