Orchard Lake St. Mary’s senior Preston Hazelton skates with the puck in a game against U of D Jesuit Jan. 5. At press time, Hazelton had 13 points this season.

Orchard Lake St. Mary’s senior Preston Hazelton skates with the puck in a game against U of D Jesuit Jan. 5. At press time, Hazelton had 13 points this season.

Photo by Erin Sanchez


Orchard Lake St. Mary’s boys hockey has eyes on the prize

By: Zachary Manning | West Bloomfield Beacon | Published January 17, 2019

 St. Mary’s senior Bryce Kallen tries to evade U of D Jesuit defenders. Kallen leads the MIHL in points and goals this year.

St. Mary’s senior Bryce Kallen tries to evade U of D Jesuit defenders. Kallen leads the MIHL in points and goals this year.

Photo by Erin Sanchez

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ORCHARD LAKE — The expectations are always high for Orchard Lake St. Mary’s hockey, and this season is no different.

The Eaglets are looking to claim a Division 1 state championship, something the program hasn’t done since 2008. They have three state titles in program history (2005, 2007 and 2008).

St. Mary’s coach Brian Klanow knows his team has the talent, but he’s working on getting it to play as a team and put everything together. At press time, the Eaglets were 5-9 overall and 4-4 in the Michigan Interscholastic Hockey League.

According to the Michigan High School Hockey Hub, St. Mary’s was ranked No. 3 in D-1 at press time.

“Currently, I don’t think we’re playing up to our ability. I think we’ve added a lot of new players this year, and it’s taken a little bit of time, but this team certainly has the talent to go deep in the playoffs,” Klanow said.

Klanow said the strengths of his team are speed and hockey IQ.

Seniors Troy Clark, Preston Hazelton and Bryce Kallen, and junior Kris Petryla are a few standouts for the Eaglets. Kallen leads the MIHL in points and goals with 29 and 16, respectively.

Hazelton has collected 10 goals and three assists; Petryla has added six goals and eight assists; and Clark has totaled two goals and eight assists.

“Bryce Kallen has been a real good player for us. Bryce has already been tendered to go play next year in Aberdeen in the North American Hockey League,” Klanow said. “He’s a real good player, and he’s been the guy that’s getting a lot of points for us.”

Being in the MIHL has allowed the Eaglets to be tested early and often. Klanow said playing in tough games has prepared his team for what it will see in the playoffs.

After losing 17 seniors from last year’s squad, being tested is only going to help this group grow and get better.

“It’s a great league, and you’re never going to find an easy game, so that really helps a lot when it comes later in the season,” Clark said.

With the season winding down, the players are focused on making that state championship dream become a reality. However, they’ve also looked back on the things they’ve been able to do as student-athletes at St. Mary’s.

“We’re so lucky to have this rink and this campus, and everything we have with this program. It’s so lucky to come to school every day and have your hockey and everything right there,” Kallen said. “We sometimes don’t see the blessings, but I think it’s important sometimes to look back and really see how blessed we are to have this.”

Up next, the Eaglets host Birmingham Brother Rice at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 23.

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