HOCKEY: Saline Opens Season With 5-2 Victory Over South Lyon Unified

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Saline celebrates Josh Peitz's goal, which made it 3-1.

ANN ARBOR - Saline's varsity hockey team opened the season by defeating South Lyon Unified, 5-2, Wednesday at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube.

Joe Raupp scored two goals, Colton Cundiff had three assists and Griffin Granica turned aside 28 of 30 shots to lead the Hornets.

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Also scoring for Saline were Griffin Clark (1G, 1A), Josh Peitz and Cayden Brush. Keegan Bunting and Sasha Lozovyy each had two assists.

South Lyon opened the scoring with 1:59 left in the first, just a few seconds after Saline failed to connect on the power play. Mitch Skamara got behind the Hornet defense and scored.

The Hornets were skating well but also spending a lot of time in the penalty box. 

Joe Raupp celebrates his goal for Saline - the Hornets' first goal of the season.

Finally, with 4:58 to play in the second period, the Hornets broke the ice. Sasha Lozovyy won a board battle behind the South Lyon net and centered the puck to Raupp, who chipped it past goalie Evan Smith.

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The Hornets took the lead less than three minutes later on the powerplay. Cundiff slid the puck point-to-point to Bunting, who slid the puck to Clark, who fired it past Smith's shoulder. Saline carried the 2-1 lead into the third period. 

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It took a little more than two minutes for the Hornets to score. Bunting chased a puck into the corner and centered it to the slot for Josh Petz, who backhanded the puck past Smith to make it 3-1.

Moments later Cayden Brush scored one of the prettiest goals you'll see all year, chipping the puck to himself, deking a defenseman and sliding it through the goalie.

Less than a minute later, Raupp continued the onslaught, firing a wrist shot over Smith's shoulder to make it 5-1. South Lyon Unified added a late goal.

The Hornets host Bedford Thursday.

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