Playing in front of the home fans a week earlier, Liggett goalie Luke Soyka, right, and freshman Alex Minanov, No. 8, played well as the Knights won two games in Big Rapids. photo by Renato Jamett.
January 10, 2013University Liggett's boys' hockey team won the Big Rapids Holiday Tournament to put an official end to 2012.
The Knights blasted Jackson Lumen Christi 9-0 in two periods. They earned the trophy in the city where head coach Robb McIntyre played during his collegiate days.
"It got better as the weekend went by," McIntyre said. "We got a lot done and were productive. It was nice to win the title, but we still haven't been able to play a game with our full roster."
Leading the way for the Knights were seniors Jake Soyka and Manny Counsman, as well as junior William Yates and sophomore Stephen Campau, who each had two goals.
Juniors Jake Jerome and Vincent Scarfone were also buzzing the Titans' goalkeeper as the Knights put five goals on the board in the opening period and ended with a four-spot in the second stanza.
In the first game, Liggett edged Rockford 4-3, despite badly out-shooting the Rams.
"We had a lot of chances to score more goals," McIntyre said. "This was closer than it should have been."
It was a 1-1 first period as freshman Brett Abdelnour tallied and freshman Alex Minanov assisted.
In the second period, Campau scored a power-play goal with Abdelnour and junior Cole Zingas drawing assists.
Jerome also scored with Yates netting an assist and a short time later scored the game-winning goal with Scarfone netting the assist.
Sophomore Luke Soyka was in net for both wins and he received plenty of defensive support from junior Lordanthony Grissom, junior Sheridan Reilly, Jerome and sophomore Jacob Soyka.
With the tournament victories, Liggett improved to 7-6 overall and it has hit the halfway mark of the season.
"I'm giving the guys a week off to recharge the batteries and relax," McIntyre said. "We will return from break and practice for a couple of days before playing our next game."
Coming up for the Knights is an 8 p.m. home game Friday, Jan. 11, against Cleveland St. Ignasius, followed by a road game Saturday, Jan. 12, against Birmingham Detroit Country Day at Southfield Arena.