Winners of nine of its last 10 outings, the Detroit Fighting Irish of the Midwest Division of the U.S. Premier Hockey League has boosted its record to a tidy 11-5.
Included in the Fighting Irish winning ways of late is a three-game weekend sweep of the nearby, arch-rival Motor City Hawks.
Thus far, a three-goalie system is working rather well as Jordan Gilbert, Austin Stefan and Ronnie Shocker have all posted multiple victories between the pipes for coach Dan Vasquez and his Downriver Detroiters.
Gilbert has the best numbers with a 4-1 record, 1.98 goals against average and .933 save percentage. Then it’s Stefan with a 3-2 record, 3.95 GAA and .899 save percentage. Shocker has a 4-2 record, 4.37 GAA and .859 save percentage.
All three are young by junior hockey standards — Gilbert and Stefan are both born in 1998 and Shocker has a 1997 birth date.
Offensively, the Fighting Irish has six players with double-digit points.
Nolan Jakrzewski leads the Detroit points parade with 10-12-22 totals followed by Dakota Potter at 14-7-21, Michael Perry at 6-10-16, Tyler Blackburn at 6-9-15, Christian Ramage at 7-4-11 and Chase Tackett at 6-14-10.
PHOTO: Austin Stefan is a part of a three-goalie rotation with the Detroit Fighting Irish.