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Linemates Petras and Marjoros share scoring lead in OAA Red

By: Mike Moore | Farmington Press | Published January 12, 2016

 Joe Marjoros moves the puck during a recent practice. The Farmington High senior shares the scoring lead in the OAA Red with linemate Jason Petras.

Joe Marjoros moves the puck during a recent practice. The Farmington High senior shares the scoring lead in the OAA Red with linemate Jason Petras.

Photo by Donna Agusti

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FARMINGTON HILLS — They have speed, power shots and a nose for the offensive zone.

But more than anything, Jason Petras and Joe Marjoros have a knack to score — and score plenty.

“They’ve been nothing short of outstanding,” Farmington High hockey coach Bill Newton said of his top two offensive standouts. “They play on our top line, log a ton of ice time and do everything we’ve expected out of them.”

“It’s fun,” Petras said with a smile about the pair’s prowess to put the puck in the net. “Everybody loves to score.”

Twelve games into the season, Petras had a team-best 11 goals to go with 10 assists.

Marjoros, in 11 games played, had 10 goals and a team-best 11 assists.

The pair’s 21 points apiece was tied for the division scoring lead in the Oakland Activities Association Red Division.

“Playing on the same line as (Jason) is a huge advantage,” Marjoros said following a Jan. 7 practice at the Farmington Hills Ice Arena. “I always know where he’s going to be, and he knows where I am. It’s worked really well.”

“I really think we complement one another,” Petras said.

Petras and Marjoros were part of the 2014 Division 3 state championship team at Farmington as sophomores — Petras scored both goals in a 2-1 victory over Sault Ste. Marie High in the final — and were both instrumental in last year’s rebuild.

After graduating so many seniors from the title team, the pair kept the Falcons afloat.

Petras was second on the team in scoring as a junior with 23 goals and 15 assists, while Marjoros was third with 10 goals and 19 assists.

“This is the third year we’ve played together, and that’s part of it too,” Petras said.

“As sophomores, I think we both saw how the seniors on that team really carried us and led us,” Marjoros said. “That’s something we’ve been focused on this year. We want to lead some of these younger guys to make sure we end up back (in the finals).”

The Falcons came soaring out of the gate to begin the 2015-16 season, winning four straight and five of their first six games. A 2-4-0 stretch since then has cooled the team off a bit, but having not played since Dec. 19 provided a needed break to get regrouped.

And once the team skates back on the ice at 8 p.m. Jan. 13 against Berkley Unified at the Berkley Ice Arena for the second half of the regular season, Petras and Marjoros will have to continue finding the back of the net for the Falcons to enjoy the type of success they want to.

“For us to be successful, they have to be real good,” Newton said simply. “We’re counting on them to continue doing what they’ve done so far. They are great leaders. They don’t have to score the prettiest goals, but they understand they have to score for us to be good.”

“We don’t really feel pressure from anyone but ourselves,” Petras said. “We know what we have to do. I think we put enough pressure on ourselves to go out and produce.”

So what allows them to score at the clip they do?

“Speed is the key. Speed kills, and both those guys are very good skaters,” Newton said to sum it up. “High school defensemen just can’t go backwards as fast as these guys go forward. And both of them are good shooters and aren’t afraid to get in front of the net.”

Both know their capabilities, but also feel their contributions go beyond the score sheet.

“If we’re not having a good game, or we’re not scoring or we’re matched up against another team’s best guys,” Petras began, “we know we’ve provided the younger guys on this team a chance to step up and be the guy in that situation.

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