Richard divides a pair in high profile MIHL Showcase

The Pioneers split two showcase games.

Gabriel Richard took part in the most high-profile regular season high school hockey event in Michigan when they played in the 2019 Michigan Interscholastic Hockey League Showcase, hosted by Trenton the weekend of Feb. 2
The Pioneers played back-to-back games on Thursday and Friday night and came away with mixed results, winning their first game and falling in the second.
The Pioneers kicked off the three-day hockey festival by playing in the first game of the event and beating Michigan Interscholastic Hockey League foe Port Huron Northern 4-2.
The MIHL is considered by most to be the top high school hockey league in the state and is home to Trenton, Novi Detroit Catholic Central Birmingham Brother Rice, Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook and others.
Richard scored first in its game against Northern and never trailed.
Jacob Emery score less than three minutes into the game and the Pioneers were off and running. Austin Harrison scored later in the period and Richard led 2-0 at the first intermission.
Cameron Flynn and Zac Slowik assisted on Emery’s goal and Nathan Vasquez and Frank Klamerus drew assists on Harrison’s marker.
There were four goals scored the middle period – two by each team. Chance DeSana scored from Harrison and Vasquez scored from Klamerus for Richard.
DeSana’s goal and Vasquez’s goal each came on the powerplay and three of Richard’s goals came with the man advantage.
The final period was scoreless.
The Pioneers outshot the Huskies 26-24 and two goalies – Drew Adams and Kyle O’Brien – played for Richard. Adams stopped all five shots in a limited stint and O’Brien, who was credited with the win, stopped 17-of-19 Port Huron shots.
On Friday night, Richard squared off with Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northeast and fell in closely contested game, 2-0. Each team had 18 shots on goal in the game, but Grand Rapids managed to get two past Adams and it was enough for the victory.

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