Lake Orion defeats Dakota in MAC Showcase Hockey Game – Macomb Daily

The talented Lake Orion hockey team turned Monday into anything but a holiday for Dakota.

Braden Brown, Aiden Manns and Jeff Ryberg scored a goal and an assist apiece in the MAC Showcase game as the OAA Red Division team defeated Dakota 6-1 in the Martin Luther King Day event at Mount Clemens Ice Arena.

  • Lake Orion’s Jack Kneiding (23) skates over the Dakota net during a MAC presentation at Mount Clemens Ice Arena. Lake Orion defeated Dakota 6-1 on Jan. 17, 2022. (DAVID DALTON for MediaNews Group)

  • Dakota goaltender Trevor Zielinski and defenseman Robert Poliski stop a...

    Dakota goaltender Trevor Zielinski and defenseman Robert Poliski stopped a scoring chance from Lake Orion during the MAC showcase at Mount Clemens Ice Arena on Monday. Lake Orion defeated Dakota 6-1. (DAVID DALTON for MediaNews Group)

  • Dakota's Hayden Daidone controls the puck for the Cougars...

    Dakota’s Hayden Daidone controls the puck in the Cougars’ end zone during a MAC Showcase game against Lake Orion at Mount Clemens Ice Arena. Lake Orion defeated Dakota 6-1 on Jan. 17, 2022. (DAVID DALTON for MediaNews Group)

Nick Grancitelli and Ryland Howard scored a goal apiece in the second period to help Lake Orion take a 4-1 lead.

“They dominated us. They beat us,” Dakota coach Jim Andonoff said. “Lake Orion has a good team.”

Dakota beat Kingsford and Big Rapids on a weekend in Traverse City, but the Macomb Township team had a short bench for their meeting with Lake Orion, which improved to 10-4.

“We have a lot of injured and sick guys,” Andonoff said. “They had a lot of guys on the bench and we had seven forwards. We had six (defenders) at the start, but then we went to five.

“We were just tired. That’s what happens. Our guys gave it their all. »

All nine Macomb area conference teams were in action during the showcase.

Other morning and early afternoon scores were Bishop Foley 3, Port Huron 2; Anchor Bay 7, Ann Arbor Huron 0; Utica-Ford Unified 8, Tawas 0; Ann Arbor Richard 6, St. Clair Shores 0 and Marysville 5, Thumb Legion 2.

Utica-Ford Unified coach Bob Clouston said the energy in the rink made the day special.

“Seeing the crowded parking lot, walking in and feeling the energy in the lobby, and being able to see all of our friends — coaches, parents, ex-players,” Clouston said when asked what gives the storefront its personality.

“For kids, these are the players they grew up with and against. They are in the hall talking. The energy it creates is really nice.

Adam Krefski, Lake Orion’s coach, called the event “awesome.”

“The kids spend a day together,” Krefski said. “You get all the teams together at the rink to watch some good hockey. It’s a beautiful day.

The lineage of Brown, Brandon Piwko and Jeff Ryberg set the tone for the Dragons, Krefski said.

“We generated a lot of shots,” Krefski said. “Our defense played well too.

“We are having a good season.

Sam Haynes scored in the third period to give Lake Orion a 5-1 lead.

Eisenhower played Troy, L’Anse Creuse Unified played Grosse Pointe North, and Romeo played Clarkston in later games.

Catherine J. Martinez