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November 29, 2012By Bob St. John
It was ugly, but in the end a win is a win.
University Liggett’s boys’ hockey team hosted Brownstown Woodhaven last week and escaped with an 8-5 win.
Several penalties turned the third period into a marathon and as it tured out, three players were ejected.
Senior Jake Soyka entertained the home fans, netting a hat trick, while junior Vincent Scarfone, freshman Alex Minanov, senior Manny Counsman, junior Cole Zingas and junior Jake Jerome also tallied for the Knights.
The Knights scored several special teams goals, including Scarfone’s shorthanded tally at the 15:52 mark of the first period. Soyka scored twice and Counsman once on power plays.
Sophomore Luke Soyka earned the win, despite giving up four first-period goals when the Warriors jumped out to a 4-2 lead.
The Knights tied it with two second-period goals, and in a 55-second span early in the third stanza, Minanov and Soyka scored to grab control of the game.
The home team built an 8-4 lead, scoring six unanswered, before the Warriors ended the three-hour game with a goal at the 6:31 mark.
The Knights used a healthy speed advantage to take the lead. The Warriors couldn’t keep up with the Knights’ forwards who had plenty of scoring chances by jetting out to odd-man rushes.
In its season opener, Liggett defeated Howell 5-3 as Counsman and Jake Soyka each had two goals and three assists.
Last weekend, Liggett traveled to Detroit Ice Arena to compete in the Clarkston Tournament.
The Knights’ record quickly evened at 2-2 overall after losing 6-0 to Brighton the first day and 6-4 to South Lyon in the consolation game.
Now at .500, Liggett faces host Orchard Lake St. Mary’s Friday, Nov. 30.