January 10, 2013Grosse Pointe North’s boys’ hockey team extended its winning streak to six games last weekend after winning the Marquette Tournament.
It was 14 days between games for the Norsemen and a long trek up north, but it didn’t stop them from edging the host school 2-1 in overtime in the first game and beating DePere, Wis., 5-2 in the championship game.
“We didn’t find a rhythm against Marquette until the second half of the game,” head coach Scott Lock said. “You could tell we had a couple of weeks between games because we were rusty.
“However, the guys picked up the pace and played some good hockey against a couple of nice teams. It’s nice to win the tournament and keep our winning streak going.”
Against Marquette, the Norsemen trailed 1-0 before senior Jack Guest scored a short-handed goal.
In the extra session, senior Jeff Herron tallied on the Norsemen’s 45th shot of the game. They out-shot Marquette 45-11 as senior goalie Tanner Colborg stopped 10-of-11 shots to earn the win.
Lock watched his players jump out to a 2-0 lead in the championship game on goals by Herron and Guest. Senior Jack Stander assisted on both and finished with three assists in the game.
DePere rallied to win the second period, 2-0, to tie it 2-2.
“We didn’t play very well in the second period and DePere tied it,” Lock said. “Our guys stepped it up and played very well in the third period. It was a good weekend all the way around.”
Junior C.J. Kusch, Herron and senior David Chavis scored goals in the third period and Colborg and junior Josh Champney split time between the pipes.
“Everyone played and our younger guys got ice time in the title game,” Lock said.
Grosse Pointe North improved to 7-4 overall and upcoming is an away game Saturday, Jan. 12, against Trenton.
“It’s a big division game,” Lock said. “We beat them a couple of weeks ago by a goal, so I know they will be ready for payback. It will be a good game.”
After playing Trenton, Grosse Pointe North competes in the Liggett Showcase the weekend of Jan. 18.
The Norsemen face both city rivals during the weekend games.
The Norsemen also have a string of three straight home games, beginning Wednesday, Jan. 23, against Warren DeLaSalle.
In addition, they host Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood Saturday, Jan. 26, and host U-D Jesuit Friday, Feb. 1.
“We have some big games ahead of us,” Lock said.