As a coaching staff, performing in big games early in the season and trying to create team chemistry is important. However, getting your team to fire on all cylinders as the regular season clock expires, brings far more joy. The Flint Powers Chargers went into Eddie Edgar ice arena Friday night and manhandled the Livonia Stevenson Spartans with authority! Not sure the last time a Charger team put two shorty’s and three powerplay goals on the board in the same contest. Senior defenseman Kyle Barbour continued the Charger momentum from the OT thriller two nights ago by opening the scoring shorthanded at the 13:36 mark of the first period. One common denominator to the Chargers success this year has been their ability to kill penalties as they demonstrated once again on the Reinig interference at 8:12. The Spartans top point producer senior Owen Penny has been a thorn in the side of many hockey clubs the last couple of years. Penny weaseled his way into the Charger slot untouched to even it up. The Chargers goaltender Nicholas Kurtiak stood like a brick wall on the Spartan solo attempt ending the period. The Powers Chargers erupted in the 2nd period seizing four goals to stretch the lead to 5-1. While shorthanded, the tenacious Cooper Gerhardt raced to the rebound, pulling out his dependable back hand move, capitalizing on a Mason Czarnecki dump in on netminder Riley Martin. Next, Czarnecki notched his first of two sniping Martin’s left shoulder on a pass from Caleb Doll. With less than a minute to go on back-to-back powerplays, both Barbour and Czarnecki answered the bell with their second goals of the evening (Doll 3rd assist).
The Chargers entered the 3rd period resuming their great pace of play. It was not until the 5:49 mark that the Chargers made their final statement. Barbour set up the tee for Nolan Berner to blast a one timer from the top of the circle by netminder Martin. Lastly, the Spartans mustered only their second score on a deflected shot from the blue line. The consistent net minding performance of Kurtiak has resulted in his 14th victory to close out the regular season.
Powers improves to 18-6 headed into the playoffs waiting to see their opponent on Saturday, Feb 25th at Flint Iceland arena.
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