January 30, 2013 - Junior forward Garrett Polish sealed the deal for the Wolves on Saturday as they faced their rivals Lake Orion.
Eric Maytnowski round the back of Lake Orion's net for a better way to get a shot on the other side. Photo by Wendi Reardon (click for larger version)
He scored a pair of goals in the third period to help the team win the game, 5-3.
The Wolves opened the game with a power play goal from senior forward Joe Smith, less than two minutes into the game with assists from junior Jacob LaPorte and Polish.
Clarkston brought the puck back into Lake Orion territory and faced a few turnovers but kept bringing it back.
Once they had control again they made another hit - this time from junior forward Carter Rea with 8:15 left to go in the first period. Sophomore Drake Gentile and junior Roman Reiner lent their skills on the goal.
Lake Orion took a few shots on the Wolves' net to get their revenge and put a point on the board but their shots were deflected by junior goalie Jack Viazanko or missed their target.
The Wolves opened the second period with three shots on goal. It was junior forward Kyle Hogarth's shot to get through with 9:35 left in the period to put the boys up to 3-0. He grabbed control of the puck from Lake Orion in the Wolves zone. He skated past the blue line and saw an opportunity as he took a long shot towards the net. Smith and senior John Foust assisted on the goal.
The Dragons' Marc Kerchner scored two minutes later on a power play goal.
They took another shot with four minutes left in the period and Viazanko dove to save it from going in.
Lake Orion tried one more time on another power play and Connor Moesta scored with 2:59 left in the period.
They took possession from the center of the ice and made another play for the net only to be denied by Viazanko.
Viazanko made 28 saves for the night and the Wolves had 32 shots on the goal.
Earlier in the week they beat Howell, 5-1.
LaPorter had one goal and two assists. Smith, Polish and senior Matt Denny scored a goal each. Senior Adam Johns and junior Chase Wiedemann had three assists each while Viazanko had 23 saves.
The wins put the boys up to 10-7-1.
The Wolves played Stoney Creek on Tuesday and will head back to Onyx Ice Arena on Saturday for the MAC/OAA Day. They will play Romeo at 4 p.m.
Wendi graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint with a degree in communications. She wrote for the Michigan Times college paper and Grand Blanc View before joining The Clarkston News in October 2007.