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February 07, 2013
The Grosse Pointe North boys’ hockey team remained in the thick of a division title race last week, despite splitting two games.

The Norsemen opened the back-to-back games with a thrilling 1-0 home win over U-D Jesuit.

Both teams are in the race for the Michigan Interscholastic Hockey League South Division title. U-D remained in first, but its three-point lead was cut to one when North earned the two points.


“We didn’t play the greatest, but we won a big game and inched closer to U-D in the standings,” head coach Scott Lock said.

It was an even game as both squads had 20 shots on net, but North senior Tanner Colborg was a little better, stopping every shot to post another shutout.

The game’s lone goal was scored by junior Nick Murray in the first period. Junior Vince Romanelli and senior Jack Stander had the assists.

From that point on, it was a defensive struggle, as both goalies played well and both offenses were quiet.

“Both teams had some nice scoring chances, but it was more of a grind-it-out kind of game,” Lock said.

The following night, North was on the end of a surprising 3-2 loss to a struggling Warren DeLaSalle squad.

“We did everything right, except win the game,” Lock said. “We had a ton of scoring chances, but their goalie was outstanding and we missed several wide-open nets. It was one of those games.

“It was a good eye opener for our boys. We want to win the division title and this win would have put us up one point on U-D.”

Romanelli and senior Jeff Herron scored the Norsemen’s goals, which came in the first period.

DeLaSalle scored twice in the second period to tie it and tallied a power-play goal midway through the third period to win it.

The Norsemen missed a penalty shot with one minute to go in the third period and buzzed the net on two other possessions deep in the Pilots’ zone in the final 60 seconds.

Grosse Pointe North is 6-3 in the MIHL and 11-7 overall.

North has four league games remaining, while U-D has only two.


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