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Shrine hockey takes on Lakes, 3 p.m. Feb. 13 at Lakeland Ice Arena

By: Mike Moore | Royal Oak Review | Published February 9, 2011

 Shrine’s Spencer Bald prepares to take a shot on goal during a practice earlier this season. The Knights had won three in a row and were 7-10 at press time heading into a their game with Our Lady of the Lakes.

Shrine’s Spencer Bald prepares to take a shot on goal during a practice earlier this season. The Knights had won three in a row and were 7-10 at press time heading into a their game with Our Lady of the Lakes.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

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ROYAL OAK — At first glance, an 11-3 victory in the first meeting against a solid rival should inspire some deep-seated confidence as the second game of the season approaches.

Royal Oak Shrine hockey coach A.J. Plaskey understands and agrees with this notion.
He also takes it with a grain of salt.

“These are high school kids, so there’s always that tendency to remember the good times a little more than any others,” he said with a laugh. “Without a doubt, there’s some concern of overconfidence. At the same time, if we play our game and do things the way I know we can, we should be all right.”

It was back in November when Shrine met and took it to a shorthanded Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes team by an 11-3 final.

The two teams meet again at 3 p.m., Feb. 13 at the Lakeland Ice Arena in a game Plaskey expects to be much different.

“Any time you play a rivalry game like this, between kids that know one another as much as these kids do, you have to expect a good game.” Plaskey said. “I don’t expect things to be like they were last time. I expect a much better effort from them.”

Shrine, on the heels of a three-game winning streak, was 7-10 at press time.

Plaskey said the key to his team’s victory against Our Lady of the Lakes last time was discipline.

“We stayed out of the box, and that’s key when you only have 14 guys like we do,” he said. “At the same time, we took advantage of the power play, scoring a handful of goals with the man advantage. If we can do that, we’re going to be in good shape.”

More than anything, though, he knows as confident as his guys should be after an eight-goal win, the Lakers will be just as determined to make up for it.

“We have to be ready,” he stressed. “If we don’t play our game or if we cut a rut to the penalty box, it’s going to be a long afternoon for our guys.”
 

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