The Father Gabriel Richard-Greenhills boys’ hockey team broke open its Regional final game on Saturday with three goals in the second period and coasted to a 6-0 win over Cabrini-Annapolis to earn the D3, Region 23 title at the Arctic Coliseum in Chelsea.
This is the program’s first Regional title. The program has now won four playoff games in its history with three coming this year.
The Irish will face Riverview Gabriel Richard in a D3 state quarterfinal game at the Dearborn Ice Skating Center on Wednesday, March 6; puck drop is scheduled for 6:50 p.m. This will be the first meeting of the year between the two teams.
The other side of the bracket features Houghton against Alpena. The semifinals are Friday at the USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth.
The Irish (20-7-1) started strong and took control of the game against Cabrini-Annapolis with two goals in the first period. Aidan Brewer fired a shot past goaltender Vinnie Maroni to give the Irish a 1-0 lead. Vincent Vermelum scored during a 5-on-3 late in the period to push the lead to 2-0.
After two more even-strength goals in the second period from Cam Tan and Keegan Moore, Tan scored his second of the game on a 5-on-3 with less than 2 minutes to go in the period and just 13 seconds into the two-man advantage. FGR-Greenhills finished off the scoring with about 5 minutes to go in the game with a short-handed goal by Brewer.
Brewer led the Irish with four points on the night – he also assisted on both of Tan’s goals in the second period. Tan assisted on Brewer’s goal in the first period.
Moore also had an assist on Vermeulen’s goal. Quinton Gove had a pair of assists while Noah Peters and Nolan Pavlack each had one.
Cabrini actually outshot the Irish, 35-30, but FGR goaltender Riley Noble kept the Monarchs out of the net.
Riverview Gabriel Richard advanced with a dominating 6-1 victory over Grosse Ile in Friday night’s regional championship game at Wyandotte’s Yack Arena. The Pirates scored four goals in 6 minutes of the second period to lock up the win in the Division 3, Region 24 final. Richard (14-10-1) captured its second consecutive regional crown with the win.
Photos courtesy of Rebound Photos