Dearborn Unified hockey skates past Gibraltar Carlson with PHOTO GALLERY – Press and Guide

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After playing out a draw on Dec. 1, Gibraltar Carlson and Dearborn Unified faced off again in the regular season finale on Wednesday night.

Gibraltar Carlson at Dearborn Unified Hockey Photo Gallery

Two first-half goals from Nathan Nourie proved to be all host DU would need, as they cruised to a 4-1 victory at the Dearborn Ice Skating Center.

Nourie finished with two goals on the night while teammates Luke Tafelski and Wayne Taiman both lit the lamp once. Nathan Holland had three assists in the win, Taiman and Lucas McBroom each had two and Brecken Furlow had one.

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Dearborn Unified host Jake Tafelski skates over Gibraltar Carlson’s net on Wednesday night. Tafelski scored a shorthanded goal on the play. DU eventually beat the Marauders 4-1. (Frank Wladyslawski – MediaNews Group)

Overall, both teams had good regular seasons. DU closed with a 15-8-2 record and the Marauders finished at 14-10-1.

Nourie scored for DU around four minutes into the game. He then gave the home side a 2-0 lead with around three minutes left in the first half.

Carlson managed to cut his deficit in half before intermission.

With exactly 1:49 to go in the first, Jack Forynski scored on the powerplay for the Marauders and he was assisted by Aden Brake and Justin Genzel.

Gibraltar Carlson’s Brett Whitten plays the puck behind the Dearborn Unified net Wednesday night at the Dearborn Ice Skating Center. Carlson fell to the DU team by a score of 4-1. (Frank Wladyslawski – MediaNews Press Group)

That power play marked one of seven times during the contest the Marauders skated with a man advantage. However, that was the only time they were able to capitalize on the opportunity, as DU’s penalty kill unit was strong all night and goaltender Cam Prodin was big in the net.

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Gibraltar Carlson’s Aden Brake skates on the ice Wednesday night during his team’s game with Dearborn Unified at the Dearborn Ice Skating Center. The Marauders were down just one goal after one period, but suffered a 4-1 loss. (Frank Wladyslawski – MediaNews Group)

Adding to Carlson’s power play issues was a shorthanded goal for DU early in the second. With about 30 seconds remaining on DU’s penalty, Tafelski skated and beat Carlson keeper Isaac Kolasa to make it a 3-1 game.

To cap the score, Taiman found the back with just 42 seconds left in the second period.

In goal, Prodin stopped 29 of the 30 shots he faced and on the other side, Kolasa finished with 22 saves on 26 shots.

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The players square off in front of Gibraltar Carlson’s net on Wednesday night at the Dearborn Ice Skating Center. Dearborn Unified defeated the visiting Marauders by a score of 4-1. (Frank Wladyslawski – MediaNews Group)

DU, in the playoffs, will serve as host for Division 1, Region 7. On Tuesday, February 22, the Dearborn team will face Southgate Anderson in a pre-regional at 7:30 p.m. The winner of that match will advance to face Salem two nights later, back at DISC, in the semi-finals. The regional championship is set for Saturday, February 26 at 7 p.m. at the DISC.

Carlson will play in D3, Region 24 at Allen Park and he will face Riverview-Cabrini United on Tuesday at 8 p.m. in a pre-regional. The winner will return to Allen Park three nights later to face Grosse Ile or Wyandotte Roosevelt in the semi-finals.

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