Published January 18, 2011

The Warren Mott hockey team is enjoying the kind of season that is worth waiting for.

After winning just 15 games in the past three seasons combined, the Marauders were 9-3-0-0 overall, and 3-1-0-0 and in first place in the Macomb Area Conference Blue Division.

“A couple of years ago, we looked at this group of seniors and felt like they could really give us a push,” coach Chris Kiely said. “And for the first time in three years, we have a group of guys that really enjoy their time together.”

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Published January 13, 2011

WEST BLOOMFIELD — When his team dropped three of its first four games, Jeff Lupu refused to panic.

When his offense couldn’t find that timely goal, he stuck with his system.

When the score in two separate games resulted in mercies, he looked at the bigger picture.

His patience is paying off.

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Published January 13, 2011

FARMINGTON HILLS — If there’s ever been an arena where successful superstitions must always be honored, it’s the world of sports.

Whether it’s a pre-game meal or even a specific door used to enter the locker room, if it works, it works, so there’s no sense changing it.

Before the first game of the season, players on the Farmington High hockey team made a half-hearted poster that simply read, “refuse to lose.”

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Published January 12, 2011

FRASER — On Nov. 20, the Warren De La Salle hockey team officially dropped the puck on the new season with a home game against Birmingham Brother Rice.

In the eyes of coach Dan Barry, it was a contest his team had a good chance to win.

In the minds of his players, it was one they never should have lost.

Roughly a month and half later, it’s a date the Pilots have yet to forget.

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Published January 12, 2011

FARMINGTON HILLS — Ken Anderson isn’t worried about talent, depth or potential.

The Farmington Hills Unified hockey coach hasn’t lost any sleep wondering how good his team could be or just how far this season could go when the playoffs begin.

Instead, his thoughts and focus have, well, focused on one main objective.

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Published January 17, 2011

ROCHESTER HILLS — It’s not a matter of if for John Gruden, it’s just a matter of when.

When will the Rochester Hills Stoney Creek hockey coach see his team gain that consistency it’s lacked at times season?

When will it become the squad he knows it can?

“Sooner than later,” Gruden said last week. “I’m very confident in that.”

Asked to describe the year his team has had so far, Gruden said, “up and down.” Nothing has been terribly bad, and nothing has been exceedingly good.

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