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Grosse Pointe South boys hockey picks up win against rival Grosse Pointe North

By: Mark Vest | Grosse Pointe Times | Published December 16, 2016

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — Grosse Pointe South’s boys hockey team defeated rival Grosse Pointe North 4-0 Dec. 16 at McCann Ice Arena.

The game was part of a tournament hosted by Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett.

After a scoreless first period, South broke the game open with three goals in the second.

Garrett Bollenbacher, Andrew Vyletel and Adam Pitters all found the net for South, with Liam Kavanaugh, Will Frame and Michael French credited with assists.

Pitters added a goal in the third period, with Bollenbacher getting the assist.

South coach Bobby McKillop acknowledged that when it comes to playing North or Liggett, his team wants to “run the ‘Pointe.’”

“These are the games you get up for,” he said. “Doesn’t matter who’s better on paper, who’s not as good on paper. … That’s a big game for us.”

Pitters echoed a similar sentiment as that of his coach.

“It’s exciting,” said Pitters, who is a senior captain. “You play in front of your peers and friends — high tempo, big hits. … Fun to be a part of.”

North coach Mike Maltese discussed what he is hoping to see from his team going forward.

"Growing every day at practice, taking it into the games, and just bringing our overall level up would help our team out a lot," he said. "(There are) times where we could battle a little more and add a little bit more fight to our game. … Today was a pretty good challenge for us.”

South advances to the championship game to face the winner of Liggett and Berkley High, which was set to take place later in the evening.

North plays the loser of that contest in a consolation game at 4 p.m. Dec. 17. The championship directly follows.