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Utica, Warren

October 14, 2013

Utica defeats Warren Mott in first round of districts

Strong start to second half sparks Chieftains

By Thomas Franz
C & G Sports Writer

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Utica's Noah Brenizer tries to avoid Warren Mott's Andrew Rouditchecnko during the district opener on Monday evening.

Utica survived an early rush of scoring chances from Warren Mott and then converted on its own opportunites to defeat Mott 5-1 in the opening round of districts Monday night.

Noah Brenizer opened the scoring for Utica with 19:38 remaining in the first half, then Steven Wasik gave the Chieftains a 2-0 lead going into halftime with a goal 16:12 before intermission.

The Chieftains stormed out of the locker room to erase any doubts of a Mott comeback in the second half, as Utica's Matt Wilkie scored less than three minutes into the second half.

Forty-two seconds later, Ryan Bankstahl scored with a header to give Utica a 4-0 lead.

Mott got on the board with 14:31 left in the game by way of a Mario Bleepos goal in the top-left corner of the net.

Utica responded shortly after by connecting on several passes to give Paul Conway a clear shot on goal, which he converted to close out the scoring 5-1 for Utica.

Mott keeper Luke Brady had 13 saves on the night.

Utica (14-5-3) will move on to play the winner of Sterling Heights and Utica Ford II in a district semifinal on Wednesday night at 6 p.m. at Troy Athens. Warren Mott finishes the season with a record of 11-6-2.

You can reach C & G Sports Writer Thomas Franz at tfranz@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1040.