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Liggett senior Vince Scarfone, left, had a goal and an assist in the third period of the Knights' 4-3 playoff win over city rival Grosse Pointe North. photo by Bob Bruce.

March 06, 2014
City rivals University Liggett and Grosse Pointe North met last week in a Division 3 pre-regional title game at McCann Ice Arena.

The heavy favorite Knights played lethargic in the first couple of periods, while the Norsemen were playing their best game of the season.


After two periods, North held a 2-1 lead and you could hear the word upset in the lobby as fans bought coffee and hot chocolate as the temperature outside dipped to single digits.

"I had a stern talk with the boys and told them to up the energy level because North brought it and was outplaying us," Liggett head coach Mike Hamilton said.

The talk worked as Liggett scored four third-period goals to slip by Grosse Pointe North 4-3.

The complexion of the game turned in a two-minute stretch midway through the third period.

The Norsemen, under first-year head coach Brad Case, led 2-1, before seniors Vince Scarfone and Jake Jerome, and junior Stephen Campau, scored to give the Knights a 4-2 lead.

Just like that, the air went out of the Norsemen's balloon and the Knights had turned up the intensity.

Campau scored at the 9:29 mark to tie it 2-2.

Just 24 seconds later, Scarfone put the puck past senior netminder Josh Champney to give the Knights a 3-2 lead.

The fourth goal was scored by Jerome at the 7:06 mark.

The Norsemen made it interesting when sophomore J.P. Navetta scored on the power play with only 1:12 left.

The Knights were able to get an empty net goal when Campau scored with only 23.8 left in the game.

Liggett survived to play another day, while Grosse Pointe North ended its season a disappointing 5-22 overall.

Liggett scored in the first period when Scarfone tallied on the power play at the 1:44 mark.

North grabbed all the momentum and a 2-1 lead in the second period when senior Vince Romanelli scored at the 12:55 mark and senior Nick Murray tallied on the power play at the 1:25 mark.

In the regional championship game two days later at host and No. 1–ranked Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Kingswood, losing 3-0.

Liggett ended its season 18-6-2 overall.

In the pre-regional semifinal game earlier in the week, Grosse Pointe North crushed Madison Heights Bishop Foley 8-0.

Nick Murray and Romanelli each scored two goals, while senior Mike Murray, senior Eddie Nepi, Cusmano and sophomore C.J. Ramsdell also tallied.


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