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South’s Dan Bukacel, left, launches the shot that scored early in the second half of the Blue Devils’ 2-1 win over the Norsemen. Photo by Paul Kania
September 26, 2013
It wasn’t pretty, but in the end it was a big win as Grosse Pointe South edged city rival Grosse Pointe North 2-1.

“When we face North, you can throw out the records because everyone knows the game is going to be close and hard fought,” South head coach Stefan Harris said. “I thought our keeper, Murray Sales, did a great job, making some excellent saves.

“He is the best keeper in our league and he showed it tonight.”

The game was scoreless at the half, but the host Blue Devils grabbed a 1-0 lead when senior Dan Bukacel scored at the 32:19 mark of the second stanza.

The Blue Devils made it 2-0 when junior Ian Sutherland tallied.

It looked like a comfortable two-goal advantage, but the Norsemen scored at the 6:09 mark when junior Don Robertson converted a pass from junior Will Colburn.

North had a couple of great shots to tie it, but Sales came up with some big saves.

On the other side of the field, junior goalie Nate Steinkampf kept the Norsemen within striking range by making his share of good saves.

The following night, North played division-leading Fraser and lost 8-0, falling to 2-4 in the Macomb Area Conference White Division and 4-7 overall.

South improved to 4-1-2 in the White and 4-6-2 overall with a 2-1 win over Warren Cousino Monday evening.

Junior Brad Beddow scored the first goal and senior Andrew Cornwall tallied the second in the victory.

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