Grosse Pointe North’s girls’ hockey team’s road to defending its division title became a lot bumpier after last weekend’s unexpected 3-3 tie with Warren Regina.
The host Norsemen, heavy favorites against one of the middle-of-the-pack Saddlelites, built a 3-1 lead midway through the third period.
In the first period, senior Sara Villani scored, with seniors C.J. McCarthy and Bryn Moody netting assists.
Junior Madie Vyletel scored for the home team in the second period, with senior Jacci Sherry and sophomore Kelly LaBarge collecting the assists, and in the final stanza, senior Katie Bowles tallied, with Moody and senior Natalie Skorupski getting assists.
The Saddlelites came back with a goal with four minutes left to close the gap to 3-2, and they tied it with only 22 seconds left in the period.
North slipped to 10-2-1 in the Michigan Metro Girls High School Hockey League Division 1 and 12-2-1 overall.
In order for the Norsemen to repeat as division champs and net the No. 1 seed in the state playoffs, they must win out, beating Grosse Pointe South and Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood, and hope each of those teams lose another game along the way.