Source: Grosse Pointe News Online

Blue Devils open Metro play with win

by Bob St. John Sports Editor

December 05, 2013

Grosse Pointe South boys’ hockey team opened its season with a 5-1 loss to Trenton at City Ice Arena Wednesday, Nov. 20.

“I thought we would play better than this,” head coach Bobby McKillop said. “We didn’t compete, we didn’t play with a high level of energy. We can’t play like this and expect to win hockey games.”

Visiting Trenton scored two goals in a 14-second span early in the first period, which set the tone for the game.

The Trojans’ second tally was on the power play and came off a miscue by goalkeeper Andrew Wright.

Trenton scored a third goal in the first period and each squad tallied once in the second period as the visitors out-shot the home team 17-12 after 34 minutes.

Senior Andrew Hyde scored the Blue Devils’ goal, with juniors Nikolas Minanov and William Barrett collecting assists.

The Trojans tacked on the final goal with 1:15 left.

“We didn’t play an exhibition game, so I expected us to be a little rusty, but I didn’t think we would play this poorly,” McKillop said. “We will get better. That I promise.”

South improved to 1-0 in the Michigan Metro Hockey League and 1-1 overall, beating host Ann Arbor Huron 4-1.

Senior captain Andrew Bigham opened the scoring, with an assist from defenseman Ian Corbett. The Blue Devils’ second goal, which put them ahead to stay, came in the second period.

Assistant captain Will Hyde slid the puck over to fellow assistant captain Corbett, and his slap shot from 25 feet out, found the back of the net.

Assistant captain Will Walker tallied the third goal on a one-timer, with an assist to Bigham. Bigham picked up his third point of the night as he cleverly wrapped in the fourth and final goal in the third period.

Will Poplawski and Corbett assisted on the play.

Senior goalie Trent Maghielse was strong in the net, turning back 19 shots and holding Ann Arbor to a single goal.

His defensemen were comparably good, with strong performances turned in by Joe Toth, William Barrett, Griffin Brooks and Nick Minanov.

The intelligent defensive play of forwards Casey Livingston, Tyler Demery, and Wyatt Flynn was noteworthy, as they killed off a number of power plays throughout the course of the game.