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Michigan Girls' Notebook: Scoring by committee nets 19-U HoneyBaked the state title

03/12/2013, 9:00am MDT
By Carl Chimenti - Special to

TAYLOR, Mich. — HoneyBaked received goal contributions from six different players when it beat Belle Tire 6-2 in the girls’ 19-and-Under Tier I Michigan state championship game Sunday at the Taylor Sportsplex in Taylor, Mich. The win earned HoneyBaked a berth in the 2013 USA Hockey National Championships April 3-7 in San Jose, Calif.
Tori Sullivan, Demi Crossmam, Andy Anastos, Megan Keller, Michelle Manning and Christa Moody each scored once and Kristi Zink added a pair of assists to back the solid goaltending of Lexi Shaw.
Crossman also had an assist. Anastos, who scored what proved to be the winning goal, was named MVP of the game.
“I thought that the girls came out with a lot of jump,” HoneyBaked coach Ryan Pardoski said. “We scored a couple quick goals, but give Belle Tire credit, they did not give up and battled us through out the game.”
HoneyBaked got strong goaltending the entire week of the state title tournament. Marah Shields won both of her starts, allowing only two goals, and Shaw had one shutout before allowing a pair of goals to Belle Tire.
“I have two excellent goaltenders and I just rotate them,” explained Pardoski, who has coached HoneyBaked for six years and the last three with the 19-U age group. “I don’t have to think with those two. This is a great group of girls and they police themselves, which makes my job easier.”
Happy With Effort
After the 19-U championship game, Belle Tire coach Mike Vigilante was very happy with the effort from his girls.
“The last two games was the best hockey we played all year,” Vigilante said. “And for a group of girls that was not expected to play in this championship game, they turned a lot of heads, and I am very proud of them for the effort they gave.”
Team Book Club Pays off in Marathon Game
Lea Boreland scored the winning goal in overtime period number seven, but there was much more here then meets the eye as HoneyBaked beat Little Caesars 2-1 to capture the 16-U Tier I state title, which took place on Sunday at the Taylor Sportsplex.
“One of our coaches, Kevin Diez, at Christmas time started a book club and gave all our kids a copy of this book called ‘Mind Gym,’” said HoneyBaked coach Lyle Phair. “It talks about mental toughness and being mentally ready to play. Each week in the second half we would go through it a little of the time with our girls, and I believe looking back, it really helped us in the most important game of the year.”
Phair equally distributed ice time as the game moved on, and that also helped with the energy aspect and kept the girls fresh, which proved to be a big key in a game of this length.
“You have to teach your mind, and if you don’t react well in certain situations it does not matter how good a player you are,” said Phair, who is leaning on using the book next year. “The mental part is such a big driver.”
HoneyBaked goaltender Jessica Convery stopped more than 60 shots to help her team advance to the National Championships in San Jose.
Triple Overtime Thriller
HoneyBaked beat Little Caesars in triple overtime to claim the 14-U Tier I Michigan state title. Anna Segedi redirected a shot from the point for the game winner at 7:41 in the third overtime.
“We have been to the nationals three years in a row and lost, so we have a motivation factory of coming back with a national medal,” HoneyBaked coach Danny Veri said. “Our goaltender Lauren Rippy was terrific and gave us a chance to win.”
Story from Red Line Editorial, Inc.

Michigan District Tournament Champions

Boys Tier I
14U: HoneyBaked
16U: HoneyBaked
18U: HoneyBaked 

Girls Tier I
14-U: Honeybaked
16-U: Honeybaked
19-U: Honeybaked
Girls Tier II
14-U: Saint Clair Shores
16-U: Grand Rapids Griffins
19-U: Keewenaw Storm
Women’s Sr. B: Victory Honda

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