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Published March 14, 2015

PLYMOUTH — Back to Division 2, and back on top.

It had been three years since the Birmingham Brother Rice hockey team took part in the D-2 state tournament, but the Warriors reacquainted themselves nicely this winter, and on Saturday morning, capped their 2015 postseason run with a 6-3 victory against Livonia Stevenson to earn the program its first state title since 2012.

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Published March 13, 2015

PLYMOUTH — The shots were mounting, some 13 fired on goal in the game’s early moments.

None had found the back of the net, but the Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood hockey team was controlling every facet of Friday morning’s Division 3 semifinal against Riverview High.

And then, on shot No. 14, the floodgates opened.

Jack Blumberg scored 8:36 into the first period, giving the Cranes 1-0 advantage that eventually turned to an 8-0 victory in a game that ended by mercy 2:57 into the third period.

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Published March 12, 2015

GROSSE POINTES — Grosse Pointe South’s boys hockey team captured a regional championship following a 4-0 victory against New Baltimore Anchor Bay in a Division 2 regional final at the Mount Clemens Ice Arena.

With the victory, South advanced to the quarterfinals, where it was scheduled to play Romeo High March 10, after press time. The winner of that game moves on to the semifinals to play either Hartland or Birmingham Brother Rice, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. March 12 at Compuware Arena in Plymouth.

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Published March 11, 2015

BERKLEY — The chaos had subsided.

The rumbling in the bleachers, the raucous and capacity crowd, it had all dwindled to an eerie silence, just a few remaining voices filling a now-empty Berkley Ice Arena.

Jeff Fleming sat inside his office, his eyes focused on the floor.

“We nearly had them,” the Berkley Unified hockey coach said with a forced smile. “We nearly had them.”


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Published March 11, 2015

One shot is all it took to redefine the Troy High hockey legacy last weekend.

One shot with only a few minutes remaining in overtime earned Troy its first-ever regional trophy.

“This team made history with one shot,” coach Tim Zimmerman said a day after the Colts beat Lake Orion High 4-3 in overtime of a Division 1 regional final. “They’ve done everything they’ve wanted to accomplish. They wanted to win the league. They wanted to be the best team in program history. They did that. They wanted a regional. They did that.”

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Published March 11, 2015

MACOMB — Grosse Pointe South's boys hockey team has advanced to the Division 2 state semifinals after defeating Romeo 8-2 in a quarterfinal game March 10 at Suburban Ice in Macomb.

After being tied at a goal apiece after the first period, South took control of the game with four, second-period goals, and led 5-1 going into the third.

After Romeo scored the first goal of the third period, South added three more goals to help seal the victory.

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Published March 9, 2015

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — There’s a superstition about not touching certain trophies at this time of year.

Even though the state championship trophy and the regional championship hardware are exactly the same size and weight, the former carries a much more difficult burden to obtain.

So as a Division 3 regional title was awarded to the Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood hockey team March 5, captain Austin Alger smiled and then said simply, “We’re not touching it.”

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Published March 7, 2015

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — For nearly two full periods, the Country Day hockey team did everything it wanted to against No. 1-ranked Cranbrook.

An attack based on speed and physicality seemed to work to perfectly.

For a while, anyway.

And then Cranbrook did what it always seems to do, erupting with some quick goals to turn a 1-1 deadlock into a 4-1 victory in Saturday’s Division 3 regional final at Wallace Ice Arena.

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Published March 6, 2015

Two of the top-ranked hockey teams in Division 3 will meet Saturday afternoon with a trip to the quarterfinals on the line, and while Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood has the look of a title contender, Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day would gladly rearrange the postseason brackets.

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Published March 4, 2015

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BERKLEY — It was apparent early that this would be a night of survival.

The No. 1-ranked team in Division 2 was battling rust from nearly six days off, trying to find its way in a one-and-done playoff format, and more than anything, looking to stave off a Berkley Unified team determined to pull off a monumental upset.

And the Bears nearly did.

“We survived,” Rice coach Lou Schmidt Jr. said with a smile after his team knocked off Berkley 4-3 in Wednesday night’s D-2 regional semifinal at the Berkley Ice Arena.

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Published March 4, 2015

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BERKLEY — A hard-fought win has earned a chance of a lifetime.

Or, in less dramatic terms, at least a chance to pull off the upset of the playoffs, so far.

On Monday night, the Berkley Unified hockey team opened the Division 2 postseason with a 6-3 victory against Royal Oak High, and, in doing so, gave itself a regional semifinal date tonight with the No. 1-ranked team from Birmingham Bother Rice.

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Published March 3, 2015

TROY — It was a mission for this team, set for this season but with the entire history of the program in mind.

A daunting task, maybe.

A worthwhile objective and long-awaited celebration, without a doubt.

“The goal of this team was to accomplish something we’ve never done here before,” Troy High hockey coach Tim Zimmerman said.

His guys had the chance to make that official entering a Feb. 18 contest with Royal Oak High.

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Published February 27, 2015

METRO DETROIT — It’s the time of year so many focus on, the part of the calendar that so much preparation is dedicated to.

It’s the postseason in girls hockey, a tournament that can be over in the blink of an eye, or for those teams that play their cards right, a celebration just as quickly.

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Published February 25, 2015

It was a mission for this team, set for this season but with the entire history of the program in mind.

A daunting task, maybe.

A  long-awaited celebration, without a doubt.

The goal of this team was to accomplish something we’ve never done here before,” Troy High hockey coach Tim Zimmerman said of the program's first division title.

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Published February 18, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD — From as far back as she can remember, hockey has been her sport and her love.

From a small child to a senior in high school, Carolyn Andonian has only seen her passion for the game multiply.

And scoring while playing, she said last week, is just an added bonus.

The Bloomfield Hills High star has enjoyed plenty of bonuses this winter.

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Published February 19, 2014

In a little more than two weeks, the best hockey teams in the state will converge on Plymouth’s Compuware Sports Arena for the final weekend of the 2014 postseason in all three divisions.

Then again, some of the state’s best team’s will be ousted by each other beginning next week, most notably at the Division 1 Novi Detroit Catholic Central regional round.

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Published December 4, 2013

FARMINGTON — He’d been there for 10 years, working with the junior varsity and varsity programs.

He’d been part of great success and assisted in program rebuilds.

And then, last winter, Bill Newton stepped aside.

“It was just time to pass my assistant torch on to some younger guys that needed to be a little more involved and have some more responsibility,” Newton said of his duties with the Farmington High hockey team. “The younger coaches were ready to take on some bigger roles.”

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Published October 2, 2013

BERKLEY — There were no skates or helmets required.

Gloves, however, were encouraged — along with a little elbow grease.

For the second straight year, guys on the Berkley-Ferndale Unified hockey team rolled up their sleeves and donated their time to the Heidelberg Project in Detroit.

A year ago, the guys volunteered at a Heidelberg Project fundraising dinner.

On Sept. 21, the Bears took time to work at the open-air art environment on Detroit’s East Side.

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Published April 2, 2013

ORCHARD LAKE — Any time a sophomore is gifted enough to earn All-State recognition, there are sure to be some heads turning.

But what about when a player that age has garnered enough respect to be considered a legitimate professional prospect?

Well, Orchard Lake St. Mary’s hockey standout Cooper Marody did both this winter.

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