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Berkley, Fraser

February 25, 2014

Berkley hockey team wins playoff opener against Fraser; other postseason results rolling in

By Mike Moore
C & G Sports Writer

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Joakim Ericson and the Berkley hockey team rolled to an 8-0 victory against Fraser Tuesday night. The Bears face Royal Oak High in a semifinal on Thursday.

BERKLEY — The Berkley Unified hockey program has enjoyed plenty of regular-season success in the past handful of years.

But the Bears are still searching for their first regional title.

They took the first step toward just that Tuesday night in a Division 2 pre-regional, rolling past Fraser High 8-0 at the Berkley Ice Arena.

“It was a good start to the playoffs for us,” coach Jeff Fleming said. “We had a chance to get everyone involved and get everyone some good ice time. It was a good night for us.”

Berkley needed little time to take control of the game.

The Bears got on the board on a Curtis Carne goal all of 2:09 into the first period.

Less than six minutes later, they led 5-0.

After a scoreless second period, Berkley added three more goals in the third.

Carne and Gianni  Bonello had two goals each, while Ian Melrose had a goal and two assists, and Shane Goldberg, Jacob Murphy and Ryan Austin each scored once.

“We have to shift gears right away and get ready for a good Royal Oak team,” Fleming said of Thursday’s regional semifinal. “It’s a pretty big rivalry game. These kids all know each other. They are friends off the ice, but enemies on it. It’s not going to take much to get them motivated.”

The game is set for 7 p.m. at the Berkley Ice Arena.

Berkley (18-6-2) won the only meeting of the regular season 3-1 on Jan. 3.

Royal Oak (13-11-1) drew a first-round bye.

Fraser ends the season 3-20-0.

In other playoff hockey action

Northville High 3 – Farmington Hills Unified 1

Rochester United 3 – Utica Eisenhower 2

Hartland High 5 – Walled Lake Northern 2

Walled Lake Western 7 – Walled Lake Central 4

University of Detroit Jesuit 9 – Warren Mott 1

Grosse Pointe North 8 – Madison Heights Bishop Foley 0

Auburn Hills Avondale 5 – Pontiac Notre Dame Prep 4 (2OT)

You can reach C & G Sports Writer Mike Moore at mmoore@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1038. Twitter Follow Mike on Twitter.