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Knights open season with wins

University Liggett's Williams Yates, left, scored two goals in less than a minute to help the Knights beat a good Dakota team. photo by Bob Bruce.

December 05, 2013
The University Liggett boys’ hockey team had an impressive performance in its season opener Tuesday, Nov. 19, shutting out Grand Blanc 4-0.

“We played pretty well, but it’s only the first game and there are things we need to work on,” first-year head coach Mike Hamilton said. “I liked our intensity in that first period and the defense, as well as goaltending, was good.

“It was a nice way to start the season.”

The host Knights jumped out to a 2-0 lead on goals by junior Stephen Campau, assisted by junior Mason Demsey and senior Vincent Scarfone, and sophomore Alex Minanov, assisted by junior Josh Soyka and Campau.

They added a single goal in each of the next two periods to put some distance between themselves and Grand Blanc.

One key to the victory was the speed of the Knights’ forwards. They had a huge advantage in that department and it set up a dozen high quality scoring chances.

In the second period, senior Anthony Giorgio converted a 2-on-1 scoring chance by burying the puck in the back of the net at the 8:10 mark. Senior William Yates and sophomore Brett Abdelnour had the assists.

The Knights’ final goal was scored by senior defensemen Lordanthony Grissom with only 1:25 left on the clock.

Junior Luke Soyka was in net and stopped every shot that came his way to post the shutout.

In other action, Liggett played on the road against a good Howell squad and won 4-2, then returned home and defeated Macomb Dakota 4-1.

The host Knights used a three-goal first period to beat the Cougars. In fact, Yates scored two goals in a 37-second span, including one off the power play, to lift the Knights.

He scored with the man advantage at the 8:18 mark, with senior Jake Jerome assisting, and made it a 2-0 game at the 7:41 mark, with Grissom and Abdelnour assisting.

Senior Cole Zingas tallied with only 26 seconds left in the opening period to put a dagger in the Cougars’ heart. Grissom had the lone assist.

The Knights made it 4-0 when Jerome scored at the 10:14 mark of the second period. Yates and Abdelnour.

Luke Soyka was on his game, making several outstanding saves to keep the Cougars off the board.

The visitors scored their lone goal with only 8.1 seconds left in the game.

Liggett is 3-0 overall.

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