Hockey

Published January 19, 2018

ST. CLAIR SHORES — It had been tough sledding for the St. Clair Shores Unified hockey team for much of the season, but a recent winning streak has given the team a reason for optimism going forward, according to coach Keith Knight.

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Published January 18, 2018

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — After leading Grosse Pointe North boys hockey for three seasons, coach Mike Maltese is now behind the glass for Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett.

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Published January 17, 2018

 He saw the first glimpses of this potential in the first three games of the season when his team reeled off 23 goals.

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Published January 12, 2018

ORCHARD LAKE — It was a Friday in early March when the Orchard Lake St. Mary’s and Brighton High hockey teams were engaged in a back-and-forth battle with a trip to the Division 1 state championship on the line.

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Published January 12, 2018

ROCHESTER — Over the past few seasons, there have been times when Oakland University club hockey coach Colin Ronayne said it was tough to go to the rink for a practice in February.

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Published December 15, 2017

WEST BLOOMFIELD — The West Bloomfield hockey team was just 2-4-1 at press time, but it has already taken some serious steps forward, according to coach Logan McLean.

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Published December 8, 2017

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METRO DETROIT — There will be a high school hockey showcase prior to the holiday break that most teams will find themselves on.

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Published December 4, 2017

Since he was only 3 years old, Tyler Martin has had dreams of being a college hockey player.

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Published November 20, 2017

The Utica Eisenhower hockey team looks to defend its Macomb Area Conference Red Division crown with a strong returning lineup.

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Published May 5, 2017

WARREN — The Warren De La Salle hockey team has a new leader one season after the team won its first state title.

Sean Clark was announced April 24 as the Pilots’ new coach. He takes over for Craig Staskowski, who this past season led the team to a Division 3 state championship in his first year at the helm. Staskowski resigned last month.

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Published April 30, 2017

FRASER — Nearly five months after suffering a spinal cord injury in the Macomb Dakota hockey home opener, Anthony Mastronardi returned to the ice.

A standing-room only crowd at Fraser Hockeyland roared April 30 as Mastronardi utilized his power wheelchair to participate in a ceremonial puck drop before a charity game in his honor.

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Published March 21, 2017

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — In her nearly 30 years at the school, Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett athletic director Michelle Hicks doesn’t remember ever seeing the kind of come-from-behind victory she saw March 11 at the Novi Ice Arena.

With Liggett’s girls hockey team trailing Ann Arbor Pioneer 6-1 after two periods of play in the Michigan Metro Girls High School Hockey League Division 2 championship game, the Knights scored seven goals in the third to come away with an 8-6 victory.

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Published March 20, 2017

FARMINGTON HILLS — His approach was a common one in hockey when a team trails by two goals.

Just find a way to get one.

But the real enemy for Dave Roegner and his Farmington Hills Mercy squad in the Michigan Metro Girls High School Hockey League Division 1 final wasn’t as much the scoreboard as it was the clock.

“We were down 2-0 with about 2:30 to play, and I knew we just had to get that first one,” Roegner said. “But we were running out of time.”

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Published March 13, 2017

PLYMOUTH — Bang, bang, bang.

From a scoreless battle to an insurmountable lead.

From state finalists to state champions.

The 2016-17 Birmingham Brother Rice hockey team was constructed for this moment, a group of highly skilled veterans with one simple goal in mind.

On the afternoon of March 11, it was mission complete.

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Published March 13, 2017

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PLYMOUTH — He’d been here twice before, in the midst of the celebration and elation.

He’d seen the final seconds tick away, the final out be recorded as a state title was captured.

As a student-athlete, what could be better?

Well, actually being on the team that hoisted the ultimate prize.

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Published March 11, 2017

PLYMOUTH — Games like this can go so many different ways, where one bounce, one call or one shift can alter who ends the day a state champ and who’s left wondering what could have been.

So, all the Warren De La Salle hockey team did Saturday afternoon was make sure nothing like that took place.

The Pilots came out on fire in the Division 3 state title, scoring four unanswered goals in the first period en route to a 6-3 victory against Calumet High and the first hockey state title in school history.

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Published March 11, 2017

PLYMOUTH — Bang, bang, bang.

From a scoreless battle to an insurmountable lead.

From state finalist to state champions.

The 2016-17 Birmingham Brother Rice hockey team was constructed for this moment, a group of highly skilled veterans with one simple goal in mind.

On Saturday afternoon, it was mission complete.

Rice scored three times in a roughly four-minute span in the second period to break a scoreless tie in what was an eventual 7-0 victory against Forest Hills North Eastern in the Division 2 championship game at USA Hockey Arena.

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Published March 6, 2017

As much as this was an expectation, there’s still a certain amount of pride that comes along with it.

That was the mindset of first-year Birmingham Brother Rice hockey coach Kenny Chaput after his squad rolled to a Division 2 regional title.

“Real proud of this,” Chaput said of a 6-3 victory against Grosse Pointe South in the March 4 game. “You never want to minimize any accomplishment, and we have some bigger goals, but this is something cool. We beat a good team to get past this point.”

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Published February 21, 2017

The 2017 hockey playoffs officially drop the puck Feb. 27, and 13 days later, three state champs will circle the ice with a trophy in hand.

Here’s a quick look at who’s playing where and when.

The state finals are set for March 11 at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth.

Ravens and Bears, oh my

It was just a couple of years ago when the Royal Oak High and Berkley Unified hockey teams renewed their on-ice rivalry.

And it was a couple of years ago the Bears ended Royal Oak’s season in the playoffs.

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Published February 20, 2017

The hockey playoffs officially drop the puck Feb. 27, and 13 days later three state champs will circle the ice with a trophy in hand.

Here’s a quick look at who’s where and taking on who when.

The finals are set for March 11 at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth.

 

A much different view
After years of dominating in the Division 3 tournament to the tune of nine state titles since 2000, Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood has made the move up and is set to play in D-1 next week.

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