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Senior Joe Smith watches for the referee to drop the puck. Photo by Wendi Reardon (click for larger version)
February 06, 2013 - With less than 40 seconds on the clock junior Alex Propson scored on a long shot to the net.

It was the Wolves lone goal for the game against Romeo in their OAA/MAC Showcase last Saturday as they lost, 4-1.

"It is good for Propson," said Clarkston Varsity Hockey Coach Bryan Krygier after the game.

As for the other 40 minutes and 20 seconds of the game, he added the team was flat.

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"Romeo's first two shots out of five shots went in," he said. "We didn't wrangle the puck well. We didn't play positional hockey. We got too many penalties. It was one of those games things don't go your way."

Romeo scored their first two goals within minutes of each other in the last five minutes of the first period.

Senior Adam Johns opened the next period with a shot on the Bulldogs' net but it missed it's mark.

Romeo struck again and scored their third goal less than seven minutes into the period and again with six minutes left.

Krygier had no explanation why the team was flat for the night.

"With 25 games in the high school season you would think each player individually will have some fire in his gut and want to play as hard as they can given the amount of games they play," Krygier said. "You can motivate a player to a certain extent and instruct them on what to do. But ultimately they have to go in there and play the game. They have to look in the mirror and see where they stand with themselves."

The boys made 28 shots on the net and goalie junior Nick Surovec had 16 saves.

The boys opened the week with a 5-5 tie against Stoney Creek on Jan. 29, 5-5.

Stoney Creek scored first less than three minutes into the game.

Senior Adam Johns tied the score on a power play goal 12:36 to go in the first period off an assist from junior Chase Weidemann.

Before the period closed, the Cougars took the lead with a goal from Chris Stanbury.

The Wolves made a powerful comeback scoring three goals within the first four minutes of the second period from Weidemann, Propson and junior Garrett Polish.

Assists came from senior AJ Kowal, juniors Jacob LaPorte and Shawn Cotter.

LaPorte closed the period with his own goal with nine minutes to go with an assist from Cotter.

"The second period we played well," added Krygier.

The Cougars scored two goals in the final period and tied the score with 26 seconds to go in the game.

"We gave up three goals," said Krygier. "It was a carry over into this game against Romeo on how we played the first, second and third period. Again we had too many penalties. We were undisciplined in the third period. They beat us to the puck."

Junior Jack Viazanko had 30 saves during the game, and the Wolves made 30 shots on the net.

The boys head to the Michigan High School Public Showcase in Chelsea this week. They play Walled Lake Northern on Wednesday at 7 p.m. and Salem on Thursday, 2 p.m.

"They have to be mentally prepared," Krygier said. "They have to be prepared off the ice and when they step on the ice they are ready to battle and fight for the puck. If they don't it will be a carry over of this game."

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.
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