Two teams from the West Division of the Metro League shared the ice Tuesday at the Taylor Sportsplex as Dearborn Divine Child welcomed new team Riverview-Cabrini United.
Riverview-Cabrini United at the Divine Child Hockey Photo Gallery
In a savage seesaw battle, the host Falcons came away with a 6-4 victory.
With the win, Divine Child improved her record to 2-1 and overall and 1-1 in Metro League West. The Pirates fell to 0-2 overall and in the division.
This year’s Riverview-Cabrini Co-op team has 16 players from Riverview High School and eight from Allen Park Cabrini. The team members wear Riverview jerseys and the team skates on the Teifer rink at the Kennedy Recreation Center in Trenton, which has been the Bucs’ home for several years.
On Tuesday, Divine Child opened the scoring about two minutes into the game. The kickoff kicked off a nine-goal streak in which the two teams traded points, giving the Falcons a 5-4 lead midway through the third period.
A key moment came later in this last stanza. With about six minutes to go, Riverview was in a power play situation. Divine Child not only killed him, but then scored 16 seconds after coming back to full force, making it a two-goal difference to top the score.
The Bucs had one final push in the dying minutes, shooting the goalie and looking for an additional forward. However, the team was whistled for a penalty with 1:41 remaining.
Brayden Kielb scored two goals for the Falcons in the win, including one after just 16 seconds after a 5-to-3 power play. Zackary Schubert, Alex Carroll, Cole Kalchik and Justin Holton each scored once in the win.
The scorers also had six of the team’s seven assists on the evening, with Carroll assisting twice. Nick Forrest also got an assist.
With the win, the Falcons are already halfway to their winning tally from a season ago, having collected a 4-8 mark in last year’s Covid-shortened tough season. Divine Child has scored 21 total goals in his last two games after losing the season opener 5-1 to Ann Arbor Pioneer.
Meanwhile, for Riverview, it was only the second game of the new co-op college program with Cabrini. After cooperating with Belleville and Dearborn Heights Annapolis for the past few years, Cabrini has decided to team up with Riverview this season.
The Bucs got two goals from Jayce Johnson, including one on the power play. Senior Hayden Kieltyka and rookie Nathan Monahan also lit the lamp. Six different players also got assists. Zachary Norscia-Ziembiec, Ayden Miracle, Gabe Livernois, Braeden Goers and Hayden Holmes each scored one while Daniel Contreraz contributed two goals for Riverview.
Divine Child goalkeeper Charlie Wejroch stopped 25 of 29 shots received on Tuesday. His number 29 counterpart on the ice, Josiah Dembrosky of Riverview, repelled 24 of 28 shots fired at him Tuesday night.
The two teams combined for 10 minor penalties overnight, with the Bucs responsible for six of them.
Both teams will be in action this Friday and Saturday night.
On Friday, the Falcons will travel to John Lindell Ice Arena in Royal Oak for a battle with Madison Heights team Bishop Foley United at 7 p.m. The Falcons will then return home to the Sportsplex on Saturday to host the Tri-Valley Titans, a co-op run by Saginaw Swan Valley, in a game that kicks off at 7 p.m.
Meanwhile, Riverview will stay local and attend the annual Thanksgiving Classic hosted by Allen Park. On Friday, the Bucs will face Woodhaven at 7 p.m. in a semi-final game at Allen Park Civic Center. Prior to this match, the Jaguars will face Gibraltar Carlson. The winner of each match will return and play for the championship at 7 p.m., with a consolation game scheduled for 5 p.m.
Dearborn Unified walks past Southgate Unified
Also on Tuesday night, Dearborn Unified hosted at Southgate Unified and came away with a 7-1 win at the Dearborn Ice Skating Center.
With the win, DU improved to 2-0 for the season. Southgate slipped to 1-3 with the loss.
The game was tied 1-1 after the first period and DU led just 2-1 after the second before exploding for five more goals in the third.
For DU, Nathan Nourie, Wayne Taiman and Nathan Holland each scored twice while Ty Cornett notched his first career goal.
Holland also had two assists along the way and one each came from Nourie, Taiman, Cornett and Brecken Furlow.
For Southgate, Marcus King found the back of the net and Ashton Petrarca assisted on goal.
Next up for DU is a game at Gibraltar Carlson on Wednesday December 1st. Southgate is due to visit Bishop Foley United on Saturday, November 27, and the team will travel to New Boston United on Tuesday, November 30.