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Mike Riehls

Blue Devils net two big victories

South senior goalkeeper Andrew Wright makes a save during the Blue Devils' 4-0 home win over Marysville. photo by Bob Bruce.

December 12, 2013
Senior Andrew Bigham had two goals and junior William Walker added three assists to help Grosse Pointe South’s boys’ hockey team blank Marysville 4-0 last weekend.

Senior goalie Andrew Wright was also stellar in net, stopping a couple of mini-breakaways as the host Blue Devils posted their second straight victory after the opening night loss to Trenton.

“Big win for us,” head coach Bobby McKillop said. “I thought that was the best game we played this year because of their work ethic. I thought we worked very well to get the puck down low all night and did not turn the puck over.

“We kept constant pressure and came to work hard tonight and that is what we need to do to be successful.”

Bigham scored early in the first period to give the home team a 1-0 lead. Walker drew the assist.

The biggest goals of the game came 52 seconds apart as juniors Jason Sommerville and Cameron Mogk scored at the 2:18 and 1:26 mark to make it a 3-0 advantage.

Bigham and Mogk assisted on Sommerville’s tally, and Bigham and Walker assisted on Mogk’s goal.

Wright came up with a huge save in the final minute to preserve the Blue Devils’ 3-0 lead and made a couple of big saves in the second stanza to keep the Vikings off the board.

The Blue Devils’ smothering defense did its job in the final period, keeping the Vikings’ scoring chances to a minimum, and Bigham put the finishing touches on the win with his second goal of the game with 2:26 left.

Walker and junior Nikolas Minanov drew the assists.

Just 24 hours later, South traveled to Suburban Ice Arena in Macomb to take on the host Utica Eisenhower Eagles.

“We have to get a similar effort and even work 10 to 15 percent more if we want to have success against Eisenhower, a very good hockey team that likes to work very hard and play physical,” McKillop said.

The Blue Devils led 4-2 with six minutes left before Eisenhower scored twice to force overtime.

However, four minutes into OT, South scored to win the game 5-4 and improve to 3-1 overall.

“I thought Ike was very good,” McKillop said. “Big and fast, loved to dump the puck and come after us.

“We had a hard time handling it at first, but thought we settled down well in the second and started pushing back. It was a big win for us.”

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