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Shrine Unified falls to Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard in Catholic League hockey contest

By: Alex Tekip | Royal Oak Review | Published January 22, 2016

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ROYAL OAK—This season hasn't been a smooth ride for Shrine Unified, but its looking to improve. 

On Jan. 22, the Knights fell 6-1 to Ann Arbor Father Gabriel Richard. Shrine's defense and goaltending was impressive, but it struggled to match the speed and intensity of Gabriel Richard's offense. 

"They're the best team in the Catholic League," said Shrine Coach Eric Button. "We didn't get mercied, that's a plus. The boys played well in the third (period), that's a huge plus."

Junior Jamison Terbrack scored the lone goal for Shrine in the contest, but it wasn't enough to overcome the three goals Gabriel Richard scored in each of the first two periods. Shrine held Gabriel Richard scoreless in the third, which Button said shows promise. 

"We were down 6-1 at the end of two and we were down 6-1 at the end of three," Button said. "They didn't give up. They played hard in the third period. If they play like the third period, if they play like that in the first two, it would have been a much closer game." 

Senior Brock Schoenherr said he hopes the Knights can develop more consistency on offense, noting missed scoring chances in breakaways against Gabriel Richard. 

"We need to play a full game. We need to stop chasing and throwing it up the ice," he said. "We need to get a breakout going and just keep possession and not get our heads down when we get down. "

Schoenherr said he plans to lead by example and do the right things on the ice to keep his team playing hard. 

Button said doing the right things in practice will help the Knights execute better during games. After getting outshot 44-21 by Gabriel Richard, Button said the main focus of next week's practices will be offensive zones and taking quality shots. 

"Practice shots, practice shooting, train, train, train and eventually the training will come through in a game," Button said. 

Shrine's Catholic League Intersectional Division record is 2-3-1 following the loss to Gabriel Richard. Next up for the Knights is an away contest against Grosse Ile on Jan. 23. 

 

 

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