flag image
Beline Obeid

Knights storm back

Bob St. John Sports Editor

March 16, 2017
The University Liggett girls’ hockey team stormed back from a 6-1 deficit to beat Ann Arbor Pioneer 8-6 in the Division 2 championship game last weekend at Novi Arena.

“That win was the epitome of never giving up and a collective belief in each other and buying into what needed to be done,” head coach Anna Kuehnlein said. “The easiest thing to do would have been to roll over, lose faith and quit, but the girls did the complete opposite.

“From our defense really stepping up, to our goaltender bouncing back and continuing to make big plays, to our forwards pouring on the pressure - they dug deep and got it done. And of course Kara Francis’ epic performance is definitely one for the books.

“Every single girl in that locker room had an immediate impact on the outcome of the game, and my heart.”

The Knights struck first when Francis scored. However, Pioneer scored the next six goals to build a 6-1 lead heading into the second intermission.

Francis scored the next five goals to tie it 6-6 with still eight minutes left.

Junior Maddie Hamilton scored what was the winning goal and junior Olivia Yates added an insurance goal to give the Knights a two-goal advantage heading down the stretch. Senior Haley Malewicz assisted on four of Francis’s goals to put her mark on the D2 title contest.

Liggett doubled up Detroit Country Day 6-3 in the semifinals and finished the season 8-11-2-1.

Division 2 was the consolation bracket of the Michigan Metro Girls High School Hockey League state playoff format. The top eight teams in the regular season standings made the Division 1 playoffs, while the bottom six in the standings were moved to the Division 2 tournament.

Family Center Ask the Experts 1
Grosse Pointe Chamber
Parkway 031617
Ed Rinke Right