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Beline Obeid

North freshman Elizabeth Gallagher scored two goals to help the Norsemen beat Liggett.
January 17, 2013
For the third time this season, Grosse Pointe North beat city rival University Liggett.

After winning games 2-0 and 3-0, the Norsemen hosted the Knights last weekend and put a 5-2 victory on the board.

North senior goalie Sarah Richarson had a shutout streak of more than 110 minutes until the Knights’ Allison Stapleton scored late in the first period.

Before that, North freshman Elizabeth Gallagher tallied to give the home team a 1-0 lead. Her goal came with only 1:18 left in the first period.

The Norsemen were able to take a 3-1 lead when senior Julia Henderson and Gallagher scored goals at the 11:22 and 4:52 mark of the second period.

Freshman Lindsay Gallagher assisted on two of the three goals and sophomore Jena Pangborn drew an assist on the Knights’ goal.

Senior C.J. McCarthy scored on the power play just a little more than a minute into the final period, but senior Hannah Mason tallied to bring the Knights within two goals, 4-2.

With 4:56 left, North senior Jacci Sherry put the game away, scoring a goal with Lindsay Gallagher netting her third assist of the game.

Head coach Joe Lucchese juggled his lines and the moves paid off.

Liggett, under head coach Cassie Jaeckle, came out like gangbusters and took it right at the Norsemen. They had a couple of golden scoring chances, but a couple of shots missed the open net by an inch and Richardson came up with a couple of big saves.

Liggett outshot North 9-6 in the opening period, but after that the Norsemen put 16 and 12 shots against Knights freshman goalie Olivia Portillo, while the Knights’ offense had only three and six shots on net in the final two periods.

For the game, North had 35 shots to 18 for Liggett.

Earlier in the week, North won a big game, defeating Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood 3-1, while Liggett blasted Bloomfield 8-0 and Warren Regina 6-4.

Grosse Pointe North improved to 6-1 (second place) in the Michigan Metro Girls High School Hockey League and 8-1 overall; Liggett is 5-4 in the league and 6-5 overall.

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