Top-ranked Powers scores twice in the third to hand Livonia Stevenson 2-0 lossHockey  |
Trenton — Flint Powers was undefeated heading into the MIHL Showcase this past weekend.
On Friday a loss to Birmingham Brother Rice ended its perfect season.
Powers coach Travis Perry wasn’t deterred, though. Instead he was curious about hoe his No. 1 ranked team would respond on Saturday.
“The best thing about a loss is that it forces you to look in the mirror, and tell yourself that there are things you have to work on to get better. When you’re winning it’s hard to focus on your flaws,” Perry said.
“We’ve been beating teams pretty good throughout the year. For us, the loss was a wakeup call.”
The Chargers were less than electrifying early as Powers tried to find its legs after two periods, but a third period goal by senior forward Conor Witherspoon sparked Powers to a 2-0 victory over Livonia Stevenson.
“I saw Garrett (Johnson) up top at the point, and make a move so I slid under to the outside. I saw the hole under the goalie’s blocker and fired it,” Witherspoon recalled.
Powers (19-1) struggled to find any constant offense as Perry kept his top two goal scorers, Brendan Smith and Witherspoon, on separate lines before the third period. But Perry knew he needed to scrap his game plan four minutes in, or he had to gamble in a shootout.
“Half way through, we knew we had to do something about the close game so we put them back t