March 17, 2012

Offensive Outburst Gives Detroit MAAC-Opening Win

from press release

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Detroit started the day with four goals in the first five minutes and ended with a season high 17 as the Titans stormed past Canisius, 17-12, in the MAAC opener for both schools on Saturday afternoon at the Demske-Sports Complex.

Detroit evened its record to 4-4 on the year, while the Golden Griffins fell to 1-2. The 17 goals by Detroit were the second-most in Titan history following the 19 they scored against Mercer last season in a 19-3 win.

“I think they are a very similar team to us, but this game was all about momentum,” said head coach Matt Holtz. “We had it early and then they had it and luckily, we were able to get it back and get the win.”

Sophomore Joel Matthews (St. Catharines, ON/Holy Cross) was the star offensively with a career-high seven goals – tying a school record - for his 10th career hat trick. It was the third-straight game that Matthews has recorded a hat trick and his sixth career game with four or more goals. He also added an assist for a school record eight points, and he now has 15 points in the last two games on 10 goals and five helpers.

Sophomore Shayne Adams (St. Catharines, ON/Denis Morris) tallied three goals for his ninth career hat trick, while senior Tim Lehto (Farmington, MI/North Farmington) and sophomore Alex Maini (Lynbrook, NY/Lynbrook) each added two goals apiece.

“We feel as though Joel and Shayne are as good a combination in the MAAC as anyone has,” said Holtz. “They had 10 goals, but we got a lot of good play out of other guys, especially our midfielders. They played great for us.”

The Titans – who had leads of four and three in the game –found themselves down by one, 11-10, with just under three minutes left in the third.

That is when the red, white and blue took complete control with six-straight goals, scoring twice in the last 46 seconds to regain the lead heading into the fourth. Lehto notched his second to tie it and then Adams took a pass from Matthews for the go-ahead marker with nine ticks left.

That momentum carried right over into the fourth as Detroit fired in four goals in the first two minutes of play. A caused turnover by junior Jordan Houtby (St. Catharines, ON/Holy Cross) started the fourth quarter surge and Maini was the benefactor connecting on his second goal with 14:01 remaining. After that, junior Brandon Davenport (Grosse Pointe Woods, MI/GP North) won the face-off and quickly got the ball to Adams who put it away just six seconds later.

After a Canisius timeout, another Davenport face-off win led to senior Scott Harris' (Saline, MI/Saline) lone tally 30 seconds later and just 14 seconds after that, another Davenport victory led to Matthews scoring and the Titans had their largest lead, 16-11, with 13:10 left in the game.

“Davenport was definitely one of the stars of this game. We were struggling a bit with face-offs during their run, but he won the key crucial ones that allowed us to not only get the lead back, but the momentum too and that went a long way in us winning this game,” added Holtz.

Matthews would net his career high midway through the period to give the Titans a 17-12 lead, which turned out to be the final victory score.

Davenport won 14-of-26 face-offs in the game, a season high for wins and the 13th game of his career with double-digit face-off victories. He also picked up four ground balls.

Houtby ended the game with two caused turnovers and a team-high five ground balls, while junior Jamie Hebden (Farmington Hills, MI/Brother Rice) posted two caused turnovers and four GB's.

Lehto, senior Jason McDonald (Bayport, NY/Bayport-Blue Point) and junior John Dwyer (Novi, MI/Detroit Catholic Central) all had two caused turnovers apiece with McDonald and Dwyer coming up with three ground balls. McDonald also added his third goal of the year.

Junior A.J. Levell (Columbus, OH/Dublin Scioto) made 10 saves to earn the win.

“I thought A.J. played well and made the saves we needed him to make,” said Holtz. “Overall, our defense played well. We were a little shorthanded with an injury and we were moving people in and out, but they did a good job.”

The Titans began the day with four goals on its opening five shots. Sophomore Scott Drummond (Birmingham, MI/Seaholm) started the offensive barrage with a goal just a little more than a minute into the game. Matthews followed at the 12:15 mark and Lehto made it 3-0 just a minute later. Just 40 seconds after that, Matthews had his second.

That lead was short lived as Canisius rallied with four-straight goals to end the first period and would take a 5-4 lead early in the second.

UDM would knot the game on Adams' first goal and Matthews would put the Titans back ahead, but the Golden Griffins tied it once again at 6-all with 9:33 left in the second. Detroit would never trail the rest of the half taking an 8-7 lead at the intermission.

Matthews then gave the Titans a 10-7 lead at the 9:51 mark with back-to-back goals, but once again Canisius would go on a spurt scoring four-straight to take an 11-10 lead with 2:52 left in the third quarter.

On the day, Detroit had 17 caused turnovers, while Canisius had 30 total turnovers. UDM also held a slim 33-31 edge in shots

After eight games on the season, the Titans will finally return home to play in the Motor City as UDM welcomes Marist into Titan Field next Saturday. Game time is set for Noon.

Game Notes:
Prior to today's game, the teams had split its first two games with each posting a one-goal win on its home field…Matthews had seven goals on just eight shots…Adams had seven goals against Mercer last year…The most goals UDM had scored in MAAC play was 14 in a 14-7 triumph over Wagner in 2010…The 17 caused turnovers were the second highest on the season following the 20 UDM recorded at Mercer…The Titans had held opponents off the board on 13-straight penalties until Canisius netted one with the man advantage in the first…Overall, after allowing 12 man-up goals in the first four games, the Titans have allowed just one in the last four killing off 15-of-16 penalties…Detroit is now 6-2 in its last eight regular season conference games…


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