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Royal Oak hockey shows depth, power in win over Shrine Unified

Ravens top Knights 13-4 in crosstown matchup

By: Alex Tekip | Royal Oak Review | Published November 25, 2015


ROYAL OAK—Lindell Ice Arena may be home ice for both Royal Oak High and Shrine Unified, but it was the Ravens who owned the rink with a 13-4 victory over the Knights on Nov. 25.

Royal Oak started its offensive attack early, scoring three goals in the first five minutes of play. The Ravens led 6-0 at the end of the first period.

“It was one of the best starts we’ve had,” said Royal Oak coach Craig Ward. “We got some balances and the kids played hard.  For hard work, you get rewarded. We executed what we wanted to execute, and the result was six goals.”

Shrine Unified was able to put some momentum in their favor in the second period with three consecutive goals, two of them by junior forward Jamison Terbrack.

“They kept working hard,” said Shrine Unified coach Eric Button. “That’s all I can ask for.”

Button, who served as Royal Oak’s assistant coach before moving over to Shrine, said he was impressed by his former team’s depth.

Senior forward Wade Herbert and junior forward Brendan Murphy both had hat tricks in the Ravens win. Senior forward Clay Kosnik had four assists.

“We came into it knowing it was going to be a hard game, but ... it’s a good confidence booster for the rest of the season,” said Kosnik, who serves as a captain along with Herbert and Henry Gabriel.

Royal Oak improves to 2-0-1 on the season. The Ravens’ next game is at home against St. Clair Shores Lakeview at 8 p.m. on Dec. 2. The same day, Shrine travels to Allen Park Cabrini for its Catholic League opener at 7:10 p.m.