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Troy United hockey team to learn about itself these next few weeks

By: Mike Moore | Troy Times | Published January 20, 2016

 Troy United’s Diego Fernandez moves the puck during a Jan. 16 game against Birmingham Unified. Troy won 9-1 to improve to 11-3-0 on the year.

Troy United’s Diego Fernandez moves the puck during a Jan. 16 game against Birmingham Unified. Troy won 9-1 to improve to 11-3-0 on the year.

Photo by Donna Agusti

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TROY — Whether it was lopsided or came down to the final moments, the result was the same.

The first 10 games of the winter season came and went for the Troy United hockey team, and all 10 ended with the Colts exchanging congratulations following another win in the books.

But 10-0-0 became 10-3-0.

And now, as coach Tim Zimmerman put it, the real test of what his team is made of is about to unfold.

“You know, we had a few weeks off, then played three games on the road and faced some real adversity,” Zimmerman said of a three-game losing streak in which his squad was outscored 12-3. “Hopefully, we learned something from it.”

The early answer to that may have started to take shape Jan. 16.

Playing a home game against Birmingham Unified, Troy scored three times in the game’s first five minutes, and by the time the first period ended, had a 5-0 lead.

Troy went on to win the game 9-1.

“That was good. That is what we needed,” Zimmerman said.

The Colts return to action at 7 p.m. Jan. 23 against Bloomfield Hills High (8-3-1) and then have upcoming games against Oxford-Avondale Unified, White Lake Lakeland and Macomb Dakota over the next three weeks.

“We’re getting into the tougher part of the schedule,” Zimmerman said. “What I’m really looking for is a more consistent effort every time out. I want to see us prepare better. I want to see us battle back when we fall behind. We didn’t have any of that during our losing streak.”

Following the Dakota game, Troy will have four games in a two-week span before the regular season concludes and the 2016 playoffs begin on Feb. 29.

“The playoffs are such a (toss up), anything can happen, but it’s usually the team that’s playing the best at the end of the year that makes the most noise,” Zimmerman said. “That’s the position we want to put ourselves in. We’ve had some injuries, so we’ve also had some other guys seeing time and roles they wouldn’t have. That can only help later in the year. Once we get some guys back, I expect us to be in position to do something. But we’ll see. These next few weeks are going to tell us a lot about what kind of team we have.”

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