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February 14, 2013
It took a little longer than anticipated, but once the motor was running, the Grosse Pointe South girls' hockey team took off.

The host Blue Devils were in a surprising battle with one of the weak teams in the league, Livonia Ladywood.

Freshman Elizabeth Sullivan scored the Blue Devils' first goal with less than one second in the first period. Junior Anne Crowley and senior Gabby Hartman had assists.

Ladywood tied the game with a goal at the 5:49 mark of the second period and the score remained 1-1 throughout the first half of the third period.

Both teams had good scoring chances, but South freshman goalie Isabella Strickler and her counterpart from Ladywood, senior Sarah Koch, were up to the challenge.

Within the blink of an eye, a 1-1 game turned into a 5-1 South victory, as sophomore Ellie Flom scored the game-winning goal at the 7:51 mark of the final period. Senior Meghan Polack and freshman Andrea Garberding assisted.

Junior Tenley Shield did the rest, scoring a natural hat trick after tallying goals at the 3:31, 3:01 and 1:37 marks of the third stanza.

Her first two goals were unassisted and the final one was assisted by freshman Gennie Martin.

“We had to juggle the lines due to several girls missing with illness,” head coach Joe Provenzano said. “Every point is crucial at this time of the season and it looks like we need to get the highest seed possible since our league is really balanced this year.

“This was a big two points for us.”

In other action last week, South played road games against Warren Regina and Ann Arbor.

The Blue Devils rolled to a 5-1 and 5-2 victory, improving to a league-leading 14-1 in the Michigan Metro Girls High School Hockey League.

Shield continued her scoring burst, adding two goals against Regina and two goals and two assists against Ann Arbor.

Other goal scorers against Regina were Dempsey with two and Hartman with one. Senior Anastasia Diamond started in net and earned the win, while Strickler came in to play the second half.

In the Ann Arbor contest, senior Lindsey Makos had the hat trick, plus added an assist, to post a four-point evening.

Diamond was in net to earn the win.

Coming up for South is a first-place showdown with Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood, Saturday, Feb. 16, at Wallace Arena.

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