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North junior Cinnamin Aslanian, right, has been playing solid hockey for the Norsemen this season. photo by Bob Bruce.

February 06, 2014
Grosse Pointe North's girls' hockey team had a chance to produce a signature win last week when it hosted Ann Arbor Pioneer.

The host Norsemen took a 3-2 lead, but couldn't hang on in an eventual 4-3 defeat.

"I saw some good things from our girls and they played a nice game against a very good team," head coach Joe Lucchese said. "We had our chances, but in the end we couldn't stop their No. 1 line."

North junior Cinnamin Aslanian, right, has been playing solid hockey for the Norsemen this season.
Pioneer senior forward Mercedes Reyes scored all four goals and senior forward Caroline Hurd had four assists to lift the team past the Norsemen.

The teams exchanged goals in the first period.

Ann Arbor scored a short-handed goal at the 11:45 mark, but the Norsemen came back to tie it when sophomore Jen Kusch scored at the 6:50 mark. Junior Karina Lucchese had the assist.

Sophomore Lindsay Gallagher scored just 39 seconds later, giving the Norsemen a 2-1 lead. Once again Lucchese had the assist.

Pioneer tied it with a goal at the 2:54 mark.

Sophomore Elizabeth Gallagher put the Norsemen ahead 3-2 with a goal at the 7:15 mark of the second period. This time, Lindsay Gallagher had the lone assist.

The lead lasted only three minutes as Reyes scored her hat trick goal at the 4:26 mark. She scored on a power play to tie it 3-3 heading into the final period.

Reyes scored early in the third period to give Pioneer the lead for good and junior goalie Paulina Arsenault made it stand, making a couple of tough saves down the stretch.

"We are playing better hockey, but this would have been a really tough win for us," Lucchese said. "We have to play a little better defensively to beat the teams ahead of us in the standings."

North also played against Division 2 foe Warren Regina and lost 4-1, falling to 6-7 in the Michigan Metro Girls High School Hockey League and 7-8 overall.

The Norsemen need to finish strong in the final three weeks to avoid finishing in the bottom half of the Division 1 standings.

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