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Beline Obeid

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November 29, 2012
By Bob St. John

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Sports Editor

The University Liggett girls' hockey team split its season-opening games, losing 3-1 to Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood and beating Plymouth-Canton-Salem (PCS) 2-1.

"We had a couple of nice efforts to start the season," head coach Cassie Jaeckle said. "It would have been nice to win both, but we'll take the split."

In the opener at Cranbrook-Kingswood, the Knights trailed 2-1 after two periods. Senior Hannah Mason scored for the Knights.

The Cranes added an insurance goal in the final period to earn the win. For the Knights, freshman goalie Olivia Portillo stopped 37 shots.

The Knights rebounded to edge the Penguins on junior Danielle Lorant's game-winning tally.

Mason also scored for the Knights and Portillo earned her first varsity victory as Liggett improved to 1-1 in the Michigan Metro Girls High School Hockey League.

"We're optimistic about this season and playing well in these games was important," Jaeckle said. "I can see the girls playing as a team and they want to work hard."

Coming up for the Knights is a home game Friday, Nov. 30, against one of the preseason title favorites, Grosse Pointe North.

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