South junior Brad Miller ties up his Dearborn United foe during the Blue Devils' league win. photo by Bob Bruce.
January 09, 2014The Grosse Pointe South boys' hockey team was rusty, but still earned a 3-1 league win over visiting Dearborn United last weekend.
It was the Blue Devils' first game since Dec. 21.
"Our hockey IQ was not very good tonight," head coach Bobby McKillop said. "We knew it wouldn't be pretty after just a couple of practices during the two-week holiday break, but I didn't think we would play this poorly.
"We have some big games ahead of us and we have to put this effort behind us and be ready for Grosse Pointe North, Allen Park and Divine Child."
The Blue Devils scored a goal in the opening period as junior Cameron Mogk tallied, with senior goalie Andrew Wright and sophomore defenseman Griffin Brooks drawing assists.
It was a perfect clearing pass from Wright to Brooks, who fired it to Mogk, who skated in and put a shot over the left should of Dearborn goaltender Brian Donaldson.
The shot were 12-4, South, and it was 23-7 after two periods.
In the second stanza, senior Wyatt Flynn scored at the 13:49 mark, and junior William Walker tallied a power-play goal at the 13:06 mark to break open a close game.
Flynn's goal was unassisted, while Walker's tally drew assists from seniors Andrew Hyde and Andrew Bigham.
That would be the extent of the Blue Devils' offense. Dearborn United dominated the third period and outshot the home team 9-6.
Dearborn's goal came on a power play late in the third period. It had a couple of other power-play opportunities in the final five minutes, but couldn't get the puck past Wright.
Wright earned the win in net, stopping 15-of-16 shots.
Grosse Pointe South improved to 4-0-1 in the Michigan Metro Hockey League and 7-3-1 overall.
Coming up for the Blue Devils is a non-league game Thursday, Jan. 9, against city rival Grosse Pointe North at City Ice Arena, followed by back-to-back league road games Saturday, Jan. 11, and Wednesday, Jan. 15, against the two teams tied with South atop the league standings, Allen Park and Divine Child.