Detroit Diesel trio dominates in Moose's 11-3 rout over Detroit Wings
Moose Hockey Writer
MELVINDALE -- The Detroit Diesel trio of Curtis Glowzinski, Derek Fowler and Joel Nettleman helped power the Moose over the Detroit Wings Friday night 11-3 in Hockey North America action at Melvindale Ice Arena.
Whether it was the Monster energy drinks before the game or just the sheer might of the power trio, they racked up 5 points in the game. Fowler scored a goal with three assists, Glowzinski scored one goal and Nettleman single-handedly burned off a crucial 5-on-3 Detroit Wings powerplay midway in the second period.
The game also saw history being made as it was the first time in Detroit Moose history that a father-son pair each scored two goals and had one assist in the same game for the Moose. The feat occurred when defenseman Alec Lesko Jr. scored on a breakaway midway through the third period. His father, Moose winger Alec (Pops) Lesko Sr., scored a goal in the first period and a goal and assist in the second.
The victory put the Moose at 6-0 this season and in first place atop the HNB Detroit B division.
Last season, the two teams battled it out and settled for a 2-2-1 record against each other. The Moose won the final game of the series last season in a 12-7 blitzkrieg.
Fowler was proud of the Moose and congratulated the Wings after Friday night's game.
``(Wings captain) Bill Richardson and his Wings are an outstanding hockey club. We played them all last year and it was always outstanding,'' Fowler said. ``It was a great game -- never any dirty playing or chippy play behind the net.''
Moose forward Curtis Glowzinski started off the night with the game's first goal after only about one minute of play. Defenseman Brian Big Daddy Harlow assisted on the play.
But Wings forward Ryan Jones got it back on a fluke goal after a mix-up in the Moose's end. The Moose charged back and scored two quick goals -- one from Pops and the other on a ping-pong play from Mark Auger that was came from Fowler and defenseman Ron Kruse.
Joe Stryna cut the lead to 3-2 on an intense scramble in front of the Moose net, but Nate Schmoekel answered back with a rocket for the Moose's 4th goal. Amado Dusman closed the gap to 4-3 with about a minute to go in the first on a breakaway. Most of the players and crowd thought Moose goalie Tom Varcie had stopped the puck, but one of the referee's signaled that it was in. And that's all the Wings would get for the rest of the night.
The Moose attack continued in the second period when Pops blasted a pass to Fowler, who rocketed the shot into the five-hole. Jeff Lazuka pounded in the Moose's sixth goal on an oustanding set-up pass from Alec Lesko and Joe Demarte.
Shortly after the goal the Moose got two quick penalties and were down 5-on-3 for almost two full minutes. That's when Moose star defenseman Joel Nettleman took over. Performing like a top-billed circus act, Nettleman -- single-handedly -- skated in and around Wings players for almost the entire two minutes to burn off the penalties.
``It was nothing. I was just doing my job,'' Nettleman said after the game.
After the Moose penalties were over, it didn't take long before Pops knocked in his second of the night. Fowler and Amateur Canadian Legend Rudy Dauncey assisted on the play.
Alec Lesko Jr got the team's eighth and ninth goals, Auger scored the team's tenth goal and Harlow made it 11-3 with a late third period blast.
The Moose takes on the Detroit Barflies at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday at Melvindale Ice Arena. Be there for the first giveaway of the season as the first 50 paying fans will receive a free stick -- of gum, autographed by Captain Derek Fowler, Moose winger and teen idol Ryan Renner, and Brian Big Daddy Harlow.
Thanks again to the Detroit Moose 2007-2008 sponsors: Harlow Tire in Westland, Double H Manufacturing in Westland, 203 Custom Car works in Ypsilanti, the newest sponsor The Whiskey Bar in Dearborn Heights, and a group that supports the friends and families of victims of 9/11. Also, thanks to fans who attended the game including the Moose Fan Club, which includes Patrick Renner, Melissa Rookard, Mike Little and Ryan Hoppe.