Stevenson steamrolls over Churchill, 6-1; Salem next

Hockey   | Ben Szilagy

Stevenson steamrolls over Churchill, 6-1; Salem next



Livonia — Familiarity can be a funny thing when the state playoffs start. Familiarity can lead to a close hard fought game, or it allows you to attack at full speed.

Livonia Stevenson and Livonia Churchill aren’t strangers by any means, and it showed on Wednesday night. The Spartans used six different goal scorers to beat the Chargers, 6-1.

Stevenson will face Salem on Friday in a regional final at the Plymouth Cultural Center at 7:30 p.m.

“No. You can’t (expect that),” Stevenson coach Dave Mitchell said of the outcome. “Churchill has played well all year, and they have a lot of talent that you never expect a six-goal game. We expected it to be tight.

“Our guys played out flying, and we were ready to play. We kept the pace up, like we wanted to. This win is totally on our team’s effort.”

The Spartans (19-6-1) took a while to get going on offense in the first period.  Senior Zach Finzel created a turnover in Churchill’s end and fired a shot from the far side for a 1-0 lead with 1:46 left in the first period.

“It was honestly just luck. I wanted to just throw the puck at the net, and see if I could score,” Stevenson’s top defenseman said. “I was caught off guard.”

“I couldn’t have been happier for him,” Mitc