Liggett hockey falls in regional final to Cranbrook

By: Thomas Franz | Grosse Pointe Times | Published March 4, 2014

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — University Liggett fought hard to hang with Cranbrook, one of the top teams in Michigan regardless of division, but fell 3-0 in a Division 3 regional final.

Cranbrook’s Austin Alger scored twice in the final 10 minutes, with the second being an empty-netter, to put away Liggett.

“It was a good game, and we stuck to the game plan. Basically, our goal was to keep the game close as long as we could because we knew that would open up a few chances, and right out of the shoot in the third period, we had a breakaway and just didn’t capitalize,” Liggett coach Mike Hamilton said.

Despite the loss, Hamilton was pleased with the way his team performed against one of the premiere programs in the state.

“I’m really proud with the way we played. It’s one of those games where, other than you lost and you have tears and you feel bad, they should walk out with their heads up high because I thought we just played right with probably one of the best teams in the state, I think,” Hamilton said.

The game was played efficiently by both sides, as each team committed just one penalty. Cranbrook out-shot Liggett 27-25.

“It was a good, clean hockey game. Sometimes, you can’t control how good your opponent is, and today I think that was the case,” Hamilton said. “At the end of it, you just tip your hat and say the better-skilled team probably won today, but again at the end of it, we had our chances. We were right there.”

Goaltender Lucas Soyka made 24 saves for the Knights.

Liggett concluded its season with a 17-6-2 record. The seniors are Sheridan Reilly, Lordanthony Grissom, Vincent Scarfone, Matthew Thomas, William Yates, Anthony Giorgio and Cole Zingas.

Other postseason action
After an 8-0 victory against Madison Heights Bishop Foley in a preregional contest, Grosse Pointe North’s boys hockey team fell 5-3 to Liggett in the Division 3 regional semifinals. The Norsemen concluded their season with a 5-21 record.

North’s seniors are Eddie Nepi, Mike Murray, Vince Romanelli, Joe Wright, Will Zinn, Nick Murray and Josh Champney.

Grosse Pointe South also lost in a regional semifinal. In Division 2 play, South lost 6-0 to Trenton.

The Blue Devils claimed a regular-season East Division title in the Michigan Metro League with a 12-0-1 mark in league play.

Seniors on this year’s Blue Devils team are Andrew Bigham, Andrew Hyde, Joseph Toth, Wyatt Flynn, Tyler Demery, Kenneth Cervone, Andrew Wright, Casey Livingston and Trent Magheilse.