Powers Defeats Lapeer Lighting 9-1
By: DJ Shubeck: Powers Hockey Writer
Game Recap- Powers vs. Lapeer Lighting 1-22-2020
The Lapeer Lighting ventured into an Iceland Arena vortex Wednesday evening that ended with a 9-1 Powers mercy. Powers improves to 8-3-2 overall and 4-1 in the Saginaw Valley League. Seven different Powers skaters would score and Senior, Brent Zloto continued his stingy play between the pipes, allowing just the one goal on 16 shots. For Zloto, his past three starts have been stellar, giving up just 2 goals!
The Chargers battered Lapeer Senior Goalie, Will Garbutt with 18 shots in the first period and controlled the pace of the game with a strong aggressive fore-check and continuous pressure in the Lighting zone. Senior, Joey Carpenter gave Powers the lead just 3 minutes into the contest when he collected a cross ice pass from Junior, Marcus Pahl, cruising in, beating Garbutt short side. Carpenter would have a 3 point evening with 2 goals and a helper! Exactly two minutes later, Senior Tim Washburn scored a highlight reel goal, poking the puck away from a Lapeer defenseman at his own blue line and out worked another at center ice. He then dipsy doodled to the middle of the ice in the Lapeer end and launched a rocket from 35 feet, ricocheting in off the blocker side goal post making it 2-0 Powers. The only bright spot for Lapeer was an unassisted breakaway goal by Zach Hudson that closed the gap to 2-1 with just over a minute left in the period.
Powers’ unrelenting assault in the 2nd period resulted in 4 goals! First, the Lavrack/Shubeck connection struck again after some hard work by Senior, Tommy Shubeck, tied up a Lapeer defender allowing Sophomore Jacques Lavrack to jump on a loose puck, finally sneaking it by Garbutt on a second chance rebound at the side of the Lapeer goal 2 minutes into the period. Lapeer’s only pressure would come on the man advantage 4 minutes later, where they registered two shots. After that, they struggled to find any flow as Powers continued to keep them pinned in their defensive zone 200 feet away from Zloto. Sophomore Andrew Wurtz would make it 4-1 as the unceasing pressure created a turn-over behind the Lighting net. Freshman, Eddie Barbieri worked a clever pass from the right of the net and Wurtz caught the Lapeer defense napping, by redirecting a back hand from the Barbieri pass, while standing right on the door step of Garbutt. Sophomore, Brenden Tarpening would extend the lead to 5-1, with 2 minutes left in the period, picking up a loose puck and skating out from behind the Lighting net, flipping a backhand shot that beat a surprised Garbutt short side. Tim Washburn and Sophomore Kyle Barbour added assists on the Tarpening goal. Then, off the ensuing center ice face off, Powers would capitalize on another turnover in the Lighting zone. Tim Washburn would pick up his 2nd goal and 3rd point of the game as Tarpening fed Washburn cutting to the Lapeer net. Sophomore Nolan Salayko also assisted on Washburn’s goal that ended the scoring for the second period at 6-1.
The pasting continued into the 3rd period as Junior, Alex Washburn scored less than 2 minutes in! Joey Carpenter started the play at center ice with a heads up pass to Jacques Lavrack, who patiently waited for Washburn to break into the open behind the Lapeer defense as Washburn cut in and popped the water bottle on the Lapeer net! Nolan Salayko then scored an unassisted goal, rushing the puck into the Lapeer zone after the ensuing center ice face off. His half slapper from 20 feet out somehow fooled Garbutt and trickled through the pillows, barely crossing the goal line making it 8-1 Powers. The game would end 3 ½ minutes later as Powers would score on the power play. Tim Washburn’s backhand saucer pass from behind the Lapeer net found Joey Carpenter and he finished off the game with a quick snap shot beating Garbutt short side. The final shots were 34 -16 in favor of Powers.
Powers Coach, Travis Perry, commented that “A lot of different guys contributed tonight and made plays. We mixed it up well tonight.” Powers will be away in Columbus for the annual Father / Son tournament this weekend.