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Mike Riehls

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North’s Jeffrey Herron scored two goals in the final couple of minutes to make it interesting for the Norsemen against Rochester United.
December 13, 2012
It’s been a rough start to the season for the Grosse Pointe North boys’ hockey team.

The Norsemen, playing one of the toughest schedules in the state, hosted top 10-ranked Rochester United last week and lost 4-3.

“I thought we played pretty well and dominated most of the game, but I told the guys before the game they have to play a full three periods and they didn’t do that tonight and we lost because of it,” head coach Scott Lock said.


The Norsemen dominated the shots and time of possession in the first period, but it was scoreless.

Senior standout Jack Stander cut his arm preventing a Rochester scoring chance. The cut required stitches and kept him off the ice in the second period.

Rochester used a three-minute span in the second period to score two power-play goals and an even-strength tally to build a 3-0 lead. Despite getting badly out-shot, Rochester had a 3-0 advantage heading into the final period.

Lock’s second intermission chat motivated his players and at the 11:29 mark senior Nick Murray scored, with senior Nick Rahaim netting an assist.

The biggest blow of the game came two minutes later when Rochester scored what would turn out to be a huge goal. It upped the lead to 4-1.

The Norsemen fought back and junior Jeff Herron scored two goals in a span of 90 seconds, drawing the home team within a goal.

His first goal at the 2:12 mark was assisted by senior Jack Guest and the second at the 58.2 mark was assisted by senior David Chavis and junior Anthony Allemon.

“We worked hard and had our chances, hitting four or five posts,” Lock said. “We have to find a way to score more goals and play a full three periods. I know that will come.”

North played better in its next game against Livonia Churchill, winning 4-1.

Rahaim scored in the opening period, assisted by junior C.J. Kusch and Murray. In the second period, Kusch scored, assisted by Rahaim and Murray, and senior Jack Guest tallied with Kusch and senior Tyler Capp netting assists.

Stander put the finishing touches on the victory, scoring a power-play goal in the third period with Herron and Allemon drawing assists.

Grosse Pointe North improved to 2-4 overall.


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