LO falls to Flint Powers, the top team in the state, on Saturday
By Shane Stockwell
When Lake Orion faced off against Rochester United Thursday night at the Detroit Skating Club first place was on the line for both teams.
The winner would take a commanding lead of the top spot in the OAA Red Division.
Lake Orion and Rochester United did not disappoint the hype and played a competitive game until the final horn, with the Dragons leaving the rink victorious by a final score of 3-1.
Jacob Helzer kicked off the scoring for the Dragons early in the second period scoring on a nice, quick wrist shot that beat RU’s goaltender.
The Dragons would take the lead heading into the final period, but Rochester answered early in the third period to tie the game at one a piece.
Lake Orion responded with a power play goal of their own off of sophomore Gabe Potyk’s stick, which would turn out to be the game winner. TJ Hirschfield added an empty net goal with 10 seconds left to seal the victory for Lake Orion.
Senior goaltender Jack Barker made 29 of 30 saves, including some tremendous saves throughout the contest.
Lake Orion now has to take care of business against Farmington Unified on Thursday to capture the OAA Red Championship, their first title since 2012.
The Dragons faced off against Flint Powers on Saturday, a powerhouse team ranked in the top 5 in the state all season.
Lake Orion tried to ride the wave of their emotional victory Thursday night, but unfortunately for the Dragons, the offensive flame was ice cold as Flint Powers shutout the Dragons 2-0.
Lake Orion players hit the posts a couple of times throughout the game but just couldn’t muster anything past the Powers goaltender.
Jack Barker kept the Dragons close stopping 25 of the 27 shots he faced.
The Dragons are now 15-6-2 on the season.