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March 5, 2014

Eagles and Chieftains participate in hockey and basketball playoffs

By Thomas Franz
C & G Sports Writer

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Eisenhower junior Jack Tobiczyk skates with the puck during the Eagles’ preregional game against Rochester United on Feb. 25.

UTICA — Utica Eisenhower hockey coach Bob Hall knew that his team would be in a dogfight with Rochester United and Macomb Dakota in the same regional bracket as the Eagles.

Eisenhower’s preregional contest against Rochester United lived up to the hype, but the Eagles took a 3-2 loss to United.

United’s Marshall Bowery scored twice in the third period to overcome a 2-1 deficit.

Eisenhower’s Connor Krause and Robbie Pizzimenti scored second-period goals for the Eagles. Milan Ristovski had two assists.

“Every team in this regional is a very good team, and we felt pretty confident coming in that we definitely could play with them. We knew what we had to do to to throw them off balance, and it was working for the longest time, but we just couldn’t get bounces or make it happen,” Eisenhower coach Bob Hall said.

Hall explained that his group was ready for the challenges that the regional bracket presented, but he gave credit to United for finishing the game strongly.

“Our boys were prepared for this. They just ended up on the wrong side of the scoreboard, I guess. Our schedule was pretty tough, and the boys played tough all year, but we had our ups and downs like every team does, and hats off to Rochester United. They finished the game strong and did what they had to do to win,” Hall said.

Eisenhower concluded its season with a 15-9-2 record. The senior class leaves the program with appearances in the state quarterfinals in 2013 and 2012.

“We had a great group of seniors and a great group of captains. The boys worked hard every game. We were really peaking to the point where good things were happening for us, and we never had a problem outworking our opponent. It was just that final score that would hurt us every now and then. They’re a good group of hard-working men, and hopefully, you’ll hear good things about them in the future,” Hall said.

Chieftains also fall in preregional
In other playoff hockey action, Utica lost in its regional opening contest to Romeo 7-2. Jake Landenberger and Matthew Moreton scored goals for Utica, while Alec George and Kyle Allard tallied assists. The Chieftains closed their season with a 7-16-2 mark.

Chieftains and Eagles bow out in girls basketball districts
Utica lost in its district opener 30-29 to Utica Ford II on Feb. 24. In the contest, Cierra vonZittwitz led Utica with 12 points, four rebounds and two assists, while Natalie Suchoski added eight points. Ivana Marceta scored five points and grabbed six rebounds.

The Chieftains closed their season with a 7-14 record.

Utica Eisenhower fell 49-27 to Romeo in a district semifinal on Feb. 26. Jill Doss led Eisenhower with 10 points, while Amy Salter and Nicole Meyer each finished with six points.

After starting the season 0-6, Eisenhower finished with an 8-12 mark.

You can reach C & G Sports Writer Thomas Franz at tfranz@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1040.