Senior forward Blake Maddalena moves the puck for the Farmington Hills United hockey team in a game against Rochester United earlier this season. The team is seeking its first win, and coach Ken Anderson expects it to come very soon.

Senior forward Blake Maddalena moves the puck for the Farmington Hills United hockey team in a game against Rochester United earlier this season. The team is seeking its first win, and coach Ken Anderson expects it to come very soon.

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Winless so far, Farmington Hills United hockey continues to push forward

By: Mike Moore | Farmington Press | Published January 29, 2018

FARMINGTON HILLS — If you ask Ken Anderson, it’s a matter of when, not if.

That’s what the Farmington Hills United hockey coach boasted last week when speaking of his squad. The ugly truth that he and his guys are dealing with centers around a winless regular season.

At press time, the Flyers had taken the ice 16 times in game action. All 16 times, they exited on the wrong side of the scoreboard.

“Due to numbers and injuries, we’re playing with just two lines,” Anderson said. “When you go against teams with three or four lines, you just get worn down.”

That’s part of the reason.

The other was a handful of players who decided not to return to the team, opting for juniors and travel options instead. Strike three has been some sustained injuries the team is still working to overcome.

The entire formula has been tough to overcome.

“But these guys keep working,” Anderson said. “We’re keeping things loose. We’re working every day to get better, and they are.”

To Anderson’s point, his team outshot “and really outplayed” Riverview High in its most recent game, only to lose 3-1.

“The hockey gods haven’t been in our favor just yet,” the coach said with a laugh. “But I really credit our guys. They come to work and come to battle every single day.”

Small goals are the focus now, namely getting a few wins and some confidence before the state playoffs begin in late February.

“We moved to Division 2 (from D-1), and we have a game against West Bloomfield (High) to start.” Anderson said. “We feel we can compete in a game like that. It’s been a while since this program won a playoff game, and this team wants to do it.”

So how do the guys in yellow and black get to that point?

“We have to stick with the same message,” Anderson stressed. “The goal is to be the best players we can be — in practice or games. We understand what’s in front of us. We understand the challenges. When we get that first win, it’s going to be huge. We’re playing better. We’re going to keep fighting for it, and if guys do their part and compete hard, this won’t be a winless season. We believe that.”