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Liggett pounds North, DeLaSalle


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Grosse Pointe South goalie Will Newell withstood a late DeLaSalle charge to post a win over the Pilots. photo by Bob Bruce.

January 24, 2013
Host University Liggett boys' hockey team turned on the nitro in its back-to-back wins over Warren DeLaSalle and Grosse Pointe North.

Playing in its Liggett Showcase, the Knights blitzed DeLaSalle 7-2 and came back the next night to do the same to Grosse Pointe North, 8-3.

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University Liggett senior Jake Soyka, No. 21, had a huge night, netting three goals and three assists in the Knights’ win over Grosse Pointe North. Photos by Bob Bruce
"I thought the game (with North) was pretty even, but we capitalized on our chances and North didn't," Liggett head coach Robb McIntyre said. "We have everyone on the ice and it makes a big difference how our team plays."

"We played awful tonight," North head coach Scott Lock said. "We didn't play our structure and instead decided to try to play one-on-one hockey. It didn't work. If our guys stick to our structure, we're fine."

The Knights led 1-0 after the first period on a goal by senior Jake Soyka. Senior Manny Counsman had the assist.

The Norsemen out-shot the Knights 10-9 in the first period and 12-8 in the second, but found themselves down 4-1 after the second stanza.

Soyka scored again at the 14:49 mark with Counsman getting an assist and junior Vincent Scarfone tallied a power-play goal at the 10:21 mark with freshman Harrison Wujek and Soyka collecting assists.

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With the home fans in a frenzy, Counsman lit the lamp at the 7:32 mark with Scarfone and Soyka getting assists.

North got on the board 17 seconds later when senior Jack Stander scored with senior Tommy Coon and junior Joe Wright getting the assists.

The Knights put the game away by scoring the first three goals of the third period. Junior Jake Jerome scored the first two and junior William Yates had the third. Junior Lordanthony Grissom and freshman Alex Minanov assisted the first goal; Soyka and Grissom the second; and senior Cam Marchese and Jerome the third.

Senior C.J. Kusch scored an unassisted goal at the 12:14 mark to make it a 7-2 game, but at the 11:42 mark, Soyka completed the hat trick, tallying a goal with sophomore Mason Dempsey and Scarfone assisting.

Senior David Chavis completed the scoring, netting a power-play goal at the 6:08 mark of the final period with Stander and senior Jack Guest drawing assists.

Soyka led the way with six points and sophomore Luke Soyka stopped 25-of-28 shots to earn the win in net.

Lock played both his goals, senior Tanner Colborg and junior Josh Champney.

In the Showcase finale, Grosse Pointe South defeated DeLaSalle 6-4 as juniors Andrew Hyde and Andrew Bigham had two goals apiece. Senior Ryley Maher also had a goal and three assists, while Bigham added a coule of assists.

Senior Alex Newell also scored for the Blue Devils, while other players netting assists were seniors Max Corden, Brad Kohut and Jake Corden.

Senior Will Newell earned the win in net.

On the first night of the showcase, Liggett blew out DeLaSalle 7-2 with Counsman and Jerome scoring two goals apiece. Other goal scorers were Jake Soyka, sophomore Josh Soyka and Marchese.

Grissom had three assists and Scarfone had two to lead the way.

The marquee matchup of day one was Grosse Pointe North edging Grosse Pointe South 3-2.

"It was an emotional game and our kids played well," South head coach Bobby McKillop said. "We had a couple of breakdowns that led to a couple of goals, but otherwise we played an inspired game.

"It was too bad we came up on the short end."

Each team scored early in the second period with junior Vince Romanelli tallying for the Norsemen and Bigham for the Blue Devils.

The Norsemen scored the next two goals in the second period with senior Brendan Keelan netting the first and senior Jeff Herron the second.

The Blue Devils got one back in the third period when senior Jeff Craig scoring.

McKillop pulled his goalie, giving the Blue Devils an extra skater. They had several good shots on net, but Colborg made the saves to preserve the Norsemen victory.

Earlier in the week, South beat Saline 5-4 in overtime, improving to 7-2 in the Michigan Metro Hockey League and 8-9 overall.

Senior Tommy McShane had two goals with Hyde and sophomore Dominic Rinaldi netting two assists apiece to lead the Blue Devils.

Newell was the winning goalie, stopping 13-of-17 shots.

Liggett beat Toledo de Sales 9-1 behind Jake Soyka's five goals and Counsman's two tallies.

Liggett improved to 10-7 overall, while Grosse Pointe North is 9-5 after the Knights stopped its eight-game winning streak. Can Liggett beat North in 2014? See everyone next winter for the rematch.

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