Source: Grosse Pointe News Online

North opens by blanking Liggett

by Bob St. John Sports Editor

December 06, 2012

By Bob St. John

Sports Editor

Grosse Pointe North’s girls’ hockey team was the last squad to play a game and it came last weekend at city rival University Liggett.

“The girls are ready to finally play a meaningful game after a few weeks of practicing,” North head coach Joe Lucchese said.

It took the Norsemen a period to get the rust off, but once they did, the results were a 2-0 win over the Knights.

Neither team scored in the first period as both goalies played well. North senior Sarah Richardson made her first start in net after a two-year hiatus from the sport and Liggett freshman Olivia Portillo was on her game.

At the 13:11 mark of the second period, North senior Jacci Sherry scored what would be the game-winning goal, lifting a wrist shot over Portillo’s shoulder. Senior Bryn Moody drew the lone assist.

The Knights had ample opportunity to draw even as they had three power-play chances in the second stanza. However, the Norsemen defense and Richardson’s solid play in net kept the Knights off the scoreboard.

After a Liggett penalty at the 11:59 mark of the third period, the Norsemen scored an insurance goal as senior Julia Henderson tallied a power-play goal five seconds later with seniors C.J. McCarthy and Katie Bowles netting assists.

“It took us a while to get going, but once we did, we played pretty well,” Lucchese said. “Sarah did a nice job in net and the girls were strong defensively.

“I liked our offense and the girls had a lot of shots on net. It was a good hockey game and we’re happy to be 1-0.”

The Knights had two golden chances to score late in the third period, but Richardson came up with both saves to preserve the shutout. The defense was led by the foursome of Natalie Skorupski, sophomore Karina Lucchese, Moody and Sherry.

For the Knights, the offensive pressure was supplied by senior Hannah Mason, juniors Ania Dow, Hannah Hodges and Danielle Lorant, and freshmen Molly Murphy, Grace Scarfone, Allison Stapleton and Jennifer Kusch.

Earlier in the week, Liggett played Ann Arbor and lost 6-1.

“We played a poor game and it showed in the final score,” Liggett head coach Cassie Jaeckle said. “Ann Arbor is a nice team and it might be one of the favorites to win the title in March.”

With the win, Grosse Pointe North is 1-0 in the Michigan Metro Girls High School Hockey League and after the defeats, Liggett fell to 1-3 in the league.

Coming up for the Norsemen is a home game Saturday, Dec. 8, against Ann Arbor at Grosse Pointe Community Rink.

Next for the Knights is an away game the same day against Bloomfield.