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Versatile Hockey Ads edged by No. 1 Warriors

Once again, the versatility of Farragut High School hockey players shined through. Just not quite enough for a win Thursday.

Sophomore forward Gavin Gauld led FHS with two goals despite a 4-3 loss to the powerful Warriors Dec. 8 in the Icearium.

Yet, “Coach Rob [Despins] was going to put me on defense tonight, but one of our players didn’t show up, so I got put on the line with Lucas [Despins] and Gage [Despins],” Gauld said. “It ended up working out really well with the two goals I got.”

Coach Despins, whose team fell to 1-1-1, said Gauld “had a great offensive game.”

Junior Thomas Detchemendy, formerly a forward, moved to defense Thursday night “and he played outstanding on defense. He really shut the Warriors down, they are a scoring machine,” coach Despins said. “I put him back on the point because I needed someone big and physical to handle the Warriors because they’re so strong offensively.”

The coach added that his team “fore-checked really hard, played the corners really well.”

Detchemendy said his team “stopped a lot of breakaways, we contained them pretty well.”

Offensively, “The other guy who had probably the most beautiful goal tonight was Evan Kinchler, that would have been the highlight video of the night,” coach Despins said about his fast-break goal that pulled FHS within 4-3 with 3:05 remaining.

Farragut pulled goalkeeper Dakota Christian with 1:48 to play, then came painfully close to tying at the 1:15 mark. But Gage Despins’ shot from 10 feet in front sailed about four inches wide. Farragut failed to convert with a two-attack advantage, thanks to a Warriors penalty, in the final seconds. Gage Despins knocked home the other FHS goal and added one assist. Lucas Despins also had one assist.

The Warriors, comprised of private school talent from CAK, Catholic and Webb School, improved to a league-leading 3-0 behind two goals from Joseph Roulier of KCHS. Reed Stewart and Nicholas Giecek also scored.


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