Country Day dominated the first period enroute to a 7-2 win over Royal Oak Shrine in the Pre-Regional game at Farmington Hills Ice Arena Tuesday night.
"I give Royal Oak Shrine all the credit in the world," said Country Day coach Frank Novock. "They played hard and won 22 games this year. (Shrine Coach) A.J. Plaskey does a fantastic job. They continue to get better and that's going to be a team to be reckoned with as they continue to get more kids. What a great job and work ethic. My hats off to them."
Country Day scored three goals in the first period. Sebastian Stankiewicz scored first 1:39 into the game, with assists to Hunter Kosnik and Jake Hartje. Matt Hobbes added Country Day's second goal from Zach Bensinger and Kosnik. Bensinger closed out the first period scoring with a goal from Matt Dolan with five and a half minutes left to play in the period.
The second period was much more even in both shots on goal, and scoring. Zach Bensinger got Country Day on the scoreboard first when he deflected Hunter Kosnik's shot from the right point past Shrine goalie Steve Erwin just over a minute into the period. Shrine, however, came right back with a power play goal 45 seconds later when Robby Zink picked up a rebound from Joe Nagle's shot to score the goal. A couple minutes later, Shrine scored its second power play goal of the period when Joe Nagle picked up a puck at the circle to the right of Country Day goalie Chris Cantrell and beat him with a high hard shot. That made it a 4-2 game. Country Day came back with a power play of its own when Jake Hartje passed to Sebastian Stankiewicz at the right circle, who moved in on the Shrine goal. Although Erwin stopped Stankiewicz's first shot, Sebastian picked up the rebound and backhanded it into the net for a 5-2 Country Day lead.
Country Day upped its lead to 6-2 five minutes into the third period, when Jack Bergmann got the puck behind the Shrine net and made a perfect pass to James Roberts out front. Roberts one-timed it into the Royal Oak goal. Patrick Adams scored the Yellowjackets' final goal with a minute and a half left in the game. He picked up the puck in the left circle, moved in on the Shrine goal, blasting the puck past Hugo Stange, who had replaced Erwin earlier in the period.
"We had some good things going but we took a couple bad penalties and some sloppiness that came back to bite us," said Novock. "All in all, we've got to be better on our speical teams. We gave up two powerplay goals that found their way into the net."
Country Day's record improved to 18-6-2. Shrine ended its season at 20-4.