Cranbrook captures 17th state title with 4-0 win over Houghton in D-3 Championship gameHockey  |
PLYMOUTH — A year ago, Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood got shut out of defending its state championship when it made an early exit against Farmington in the Division 3 playoffs.
Upon returning to the title game, the Cranes experienced a much better ending.
The Cranbrook-Kingswood offense peppered Houghton goaltender Marcus Gloss with 50 shots Saturday during a 4-0 shutout at Compuware Arena that brought the Cranes their 17th state championship trophy.
“These guys have seen the ups and down of hockey,” Cranbrook-Kingswood coach Andy Weidenbach said. “I’m happy that they could go out on top of their senior season.”
It took just for 42 seconds into the first period for the Cranbrook to light the lamp.
Senior Sean O’Leary drilled a shot from the point that glanced off Gloss’ pad and skirted toward the right side of the net. Senior Mason Schultz corralled the rebound to make it 1-0.
O’Leary also set up the second goal. He drilled a shot from the left circle that squirted free, and junior Cole Adaskaveg slammed the rebound int the net for a 2-0 lead with 10:22 left in the opening period.
“We got a couple good bounces,” Weidenbach said. “A couple of those bounces ended up on our sticks. Sometimes, the game goes that way, and today we capitalized.”
The third goal of the first period happened on a redirection in front of the net. Sophomore Alex Lycett ripped a shot from the blue line. Blake Rogow redirected the puck to make it 3-0.
Cranbrook-Kingswood (24-2-4) had to weath