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Liggett junior Mason Demsey collects possession of the puck during the Knights' win over. Photo by Bob Bruce
February 20, 2014
By Bob St. John

Sports Editor

University Liggett boys’ hockey team battled city rivals Grosse Pointe South and Grosse Pointe North last week.

The Knights began the two-game trek with a 5-2 loss to visiting Grosse Pointe South. The teams met in December. In that game, the Blue Devils had a 2-1 lead late in the third period before the Knights tied it in the final minute and won in overtime.

Playing without leading defenseman Lordanthony Grissom made the Blue Devils’ job a little easier as they were able to put in five goals.

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The Knights got on the board first when William Yates tallied, with Brett Abdelnour assisting.

The Blue Devils tied it on Ken Cervone’s goal. Andrew Bigham had the assist.

It was all Blue Devils after that as they poured in four second-period goals to take control.

Andrew Hyde scored on the power play, with William Poplawski and Bigham netting assists, but the Knights came back to tie it 2-2 when Jake Jerome scored an unassisted goal.

South’s Cameron Mogk scored the next two goals to make it a 4-2 game and Ian Corbett finished off the three-goal flury with a power play tally late in the second period.

Junior Will Barrett and Corbett assisted the first Mogk goal, while Poplawski assisted the second. Bigham and Hyde had the assists on the Corbett goal.

The Blue Devils did take a penalty late in the second period to give the Knights a power-play opportunity and they gave the home team a two-man advantage for a minute early in the third period.

However, McKillop watched his special team unites excel and kill off the two-man advantage and then the ensuing power play to keep it a 5-2 game.

Andrew Wright was in net for the Blue Devils, while Luke Soyka was in net for the Knights.

With the win, its 13th in a row, Grosse Pointe South improved to 18-3-1.

Three days later, Liggett traveled to City Ice Arena to battle Grosse Pointe North.

Norsemen Nick Cusmano scored a fluky goal early in the first period. His innocent shot from center ice somehow fooled Liggett’s goalie and it scored.

The visiting Knights came back to score the next three goals to win. The Knights took several penalties, but the Norsemen power play wasn’t effective.

Yates scored the first goal, unassisted, while Jerome tallied the second goal, with Abdelnour and junior Jacob Smith assisting. Junior Stephen Campau had the third goal, with Jerome assisting.

Luke Soyka was in net to earn the victory.

North played Plymouth the night before and lost 7-1 as Navetta scored their only goal.

With one week left in the regular season, Grosse Pointe North is 4-19 overall, while Liggett is 16-5-1.

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