OLSM topples Brighton; Weidenbach’s last game is loss to Country Day
Preston Lenarcic made 29 saves as the Eaglets eliminated the Division 1 defending state champion Bulldogs 2-1 Thursday at the St. Mary’s Athletic Center.
“You hate to lose, but it’s kind of a reminder of how hard it is to get to the place we’re used to being,” senior Brighton forward Tim Erkkila told the Livingston Daily. “For the guys who are coming back, it’s a good lesson. They can take into next year how hard they have to work throughout the season.”
Erkkila won two state titles and played in three state championship games in his career at Brighton.
Bryce Kallen and Preston Hazelton had a goal and an assist each for Orchard Lake St. Mary’s (12-14), which will host Clarkston in the regional championship game at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
The Eaglets, No. 10 in the Super 10 and third in Division 1, haven’t won a regional title since 2012, losing to state powers Birmingham Brother Rice (2013), Detroit Catholic Central (2014 and 2015) and Brighton (2016-18) in regionals the last six years.
“They’ve certainly been a nemesis for us over the years,” St. Mary’s coach Brian Klanow said about the Bulldogs. “It’s always a good game when we play them. It was a good game tonight.”
Brighton, which was No. 4 in Divison 1, ends the season 13-13-1.
Country Day eliminates Cranbrook in Weidenbach’s last game
Andy Weidenbach’s coaching career is over.
It ended on Wednesday night in Cranbrook’s 3-1 loss to Detroit Country Day on Wednesday night at Cranbrook’s Wallace Ice Arena in a Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 3 Regional semifinal contest.
“It’s been a great run,” Weidenbach told MediaNews Group. “Obviously, you don’t want to end on a loss, you would have liked to have gone all the way. But I don’t have any regrets. It’s been a great run, and it’s been a lot of fun.
“I’m glad that I was able to be a part of this thing called High School hockey. It’s been fun. A lot of great guys – opposing coaches and people that I’ve met here while I’ve been at Cranbrook – it’s been phenomenal. It’s been a real good ride, for sure.”
Weidenbach won more than 500 games and led the Cranes to 10 state championships in 26 years. He also coached Youth and Junior hockey in a career behind the bench that spanned 41 years.
Mick VanAntwerp scored twice for Country Day. He gave the Yellowjackets a 1-0 lead in the first period and clinched the win with an empty-net goal with 45 seconds left.
Dallas Hood also scored, and Sam Evola made 29 saves for Country Day.
“It’s a huge win for us,” Country Day coach Frank Novock said. “Two very good hockey teams, you hate to see one lose this early, but you know that’s what’s going to happen. It wasn’t the prettiest game for us. But good teams find ways to win this time of year, and it’s just such a tight-knit group in there.”
The Yellowjackets, No. 6 in Division 3, improve to 20-4-2 and move on to Saturday’s regional final as they look to defend their Division 3 State Championship.
Connor Mathison scored and David Blasky stopped 21 shots for Cranbrook, which ends the season 16-10-1, and was ranked third in Division 3.
Warren DeLaSalle 3, GP South 1: Joseph Pierce had a goal and an assist and Daniel Miscavich made 26 saves on Tuesday at McCann Ice Arena in Grosse Pointe Woods. James Carucci had two assists.
Warren DeLaSalle is No. 4 in Division 3, and G.P. South was No. 10.