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Laura Szwed Hockey 2005-2006

Welcome to the 2005-2006 season of the Ladywood Blazers Hockey team and Laura Szwed's third season with the team.

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HOCKEY OUTLOOK CAPSULES


LIVONIA LADYWOOD

Head coach: Bruce Peck, fourth year.

League affiliation: Michigan Metro High School Girls Hockey League.

Last year's overall record: 17-7-1.

Notable losses to graduation: None.

Leading returnees: Laura Szwed, Jr. Wing (captain; second-team All-State); Danielle Foley, Sr. Def. (All-League); Heather Sartorious, Soph. C; Brittany Andrews, Sr. C; Brittney Holtz, Jr. Def. (captain); Angie Iafano, Jr. Def. (captain); Michelle Wyniemko, Soph. G; Jenna MacDonell, Sr. Wing; Abby Keinbaum, Soph. Wing.

Peck's 2005 outlook: "We have high expectations, but the league is much better this year. The fact that we're experienced and have worked together for a year will allow us to keep improving and expanding upon things for this year.

"What concerns me is that we don't have a backup goalie. Right now it's Brittney Holtz and that takes one of our best defenseman out of our backline defense. "This is the first time in my four years that we finally have some depth at forward.

 

Hockey Weekly will follow the league all season long with the continued best Girl’s High School hockey coverage around through the playoffs and the exclusive announcement of Miss Hockey at the Hockey Weekly High School All State luncheon in March.

LADYWOOD BLAZERS

2004-05 RECORD: 13-6-1, 4th place with 27 points

GF- 90, GA- 47

HEAD COACH: Bruce Peck

ASSISTANTS: Mark Curtin, Joy Troczynski, Mary Beth O’Dea

HOME RINK: Arctic Pond, Plymouth

ROSTER

Forwards: Elise Lorenz (SO), Jordan Giardano (SR), Maria Rotondo (SO), Heather Sartorius (SO), Mariah McVeigh (SR), Jenna MacDonell (SR), Brittany Andrews (SR), Laura Szwed (JR), Ashley Ballarin (SO), Rachel Killian (JR), Abigail Kienbaum (SO).

Defense: Ashley Croft (SO), Angelina Iafano (JR), Elise Sarwarski (SO), Lauren Doroghazi (SR), Danielle Foley (SR), Britney Holtz (JR).

Goalie: Michelle Wyniemko (SO).

OUTLOOK

The strength of the 2005-06 Blazers will be their experience level and the fact that it is a well-balanced team. It is coach Bruce Peck’s fourth year coaching the team and the juniors and seniors have been playing in the system for the past three and four years respectively.

“There is a certain comfort level among the players, as they trust one another and know how to play together,” coach Peck said. “We do have our starting goalie returning, but we lost our backup. Michelle (Wyniemko) is a young, improving goalie that has been steady for us, but she is not the biggest of girls. Her nickname is ‘Peanut’ because of her size. If something happens to her, Brittney Holtz (one of our top defensemen) would be her backup. So, we lack a little depth at goalie.

“We expect a big year from Laura Szwed (Second Team All-State and third in the MMGHSHL in total points last year). She is quick and explosive with great moves and has a natural understanding of the game. She has improved each year with the team, and should be one of the top players in the league again.

“Heather Sartorius and Brittany Andrews are two big centers for us. They have great size and strength and are each centering our top two lines. Heather has great instincts and Brittany has a great slap shot.”

Peck said to also expect major contributions from forwards Jenna MacDonell, Abigail Kienbaum, and Ashley Ballarin. On defense, the Blazers are led by Danielle Foley (All-League), Holtz, and Angie Iafano. Each of them has the ability to handle the puck and bring it up the ice offensively.

“They are also solid defensive players that have improved their positioning on the ice,” Peck said. “Lauren Doroghazi will also be logging in many important minutes back on the blue line.”

Joining Peck on the bench is assistant coach Mark Curtin, who has been on the staff since he helped start the team eight years ago with Ron Predmesky. A new assistant coach this season is 2004 Ladywood graduate and All-State Honorable Mention and All-League defensman, Joy Troczynski. Joining her will be another Blazer alum, Mary Beth O’Dea, an All-Stater and 2004 Miss Hockey.

Livonia Ladywood

Coach: Bruce Peck, fourth season.

Last year: 17-7-1.

Key players: Forwards -- Brittany Andrews, junior Laura Szwed and sophomores Heather Sartorius and Abigail Kienbaum; defensemen -- Brittney Holtz, Danielle Foley, and junior Angie Iafano; goalie -- sophomore Michelle Wyniemko.

Outlook: Ladywood reached the quarterfinals of last season's league playoffs and everyone returns from that squad.

Szwed, a second-team all-state selection, finished second in the league in goals with 37, third in points with 50 and posted 13 assists in 2004. Sartorius had seven goals and 24 assists last season.

Unlike 2004 when the team had no seniors, there are seven seniors this season. The Blazers are deep at forward and thin on defense, especially at goalie.

"Laura is one of the top players in the league and when she plays well, the team usually plays well," Peck said.

"She can do it all. We count on her to contribute in all aspects of the game. After returning all the key components of last season's team, we have high expectations.

"We hope to be right in the thick of things come playoff time."

Ladywood's home rink is the Arctic Pond in Plymouth Township. The team started the season 2-1.

Meanwhile, Livonia Ladywood (17-7-1) hopes to unseat state champion Bloomfield Hills Kingswood and state runner-up Grosse Pointe South in the Michigan Metro High School Girls Hockey League.

Coach Bruce Peck, now in his fourth season, has a talented squad and returns everybody from last season including second-team All-Stater Laura Szwed, a junior winger who was third in the league in scoring last year. She is a captain along with junior defensemen Brittney Holtz and Angie Iafano.

Goaltender Michelle Wyniemko also returns as does All-League defenseman Danielle Foley, a senior.

"Grosse Pointe South did not lose much,'' Peck said. "And Kingswood is the defending champ. South is always the team to beat. They lost only one game last year and that was to Kingswood in the final.''

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Originally published November 27, 2005

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LADYWOOD 3, G.P. NORTH 2: Laura Szwed scored the game-winning goal with 1:20 left in the second period on assists by Heather Sartorious and Abby Kienbaum as Livonia Ladywood (1-0, 1-0) opened its season with a Michigan Metro High School Girls Hockey League victory over Grosse Pointe North (1-1, 1-1) in a game played Saturday at Orchard Lake St. Mary's.

Brittney Holtz opened the scoring for the Blazers at 41 seconds of the game on an assist from Ashley Ballarin, but North came back to lead 2-1 after one period on goals by Kate Zemenick (at 12:08) and Marissa LaValley (at 5:03).

Sartorius then tied it at 2-all at 4:30 of the second period on an assist from Szwed.

Ladywood goaltender Michelle Wyniemko made a total of 28 saves, including 13 in the final period.

"Michelle started out a little shaky, but she played a strong second and third period,'' Ladywood coach Bruce Peck said.

Ladywood, meanwhile, had a total of 26 shots against two North netminders.

"It's a good way to start the season because that's the team that knocked us out the playoffs last year,'' Peck said. "We played a good, solid, all-around game.''

Ladywood beats North in close battle
December 7, 2005 - Hockey Weekly


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The Ladywood Blazers defeated Grosse Pointe North 3-2 in a tightly contested battle at Orchard Lake St. Mary’s Athletic Complex Nov. 19, in a neutral site game as part of a High School Hockey doubleheader.

Ladywood jumped out to an early lead on the opening shift, as Brittney Holtz scored, assisted by Ashley Ballarin. Grosse Pointe North answered twice in the first period.

Kate Zemenick beat Ladywood goaltender, Michelle Wyniemko after taking Angela Giorgio’s pass. Later in the first, Marissa LaValley got her second goal of the season after a great feed from freshman Alexa Quinlan.

The second period was all Ladywood as it outshot the Norsemen 14-5 and scored two goals. Heather Sartorious registered the first goal off a feed from Laura Szwed, who scored the second goal on a breakaway after a Norsemen mistake at their own blue line. Abigail Kienbaum and Sartorious were credited with Blazer assists.

Grosse Pointe North rebounded well in the third with 15 shots, but none got past Wyniemko.

The Norsemen pulled their goaltender with just over two minutes to play and were then benefactors of a late Ladywood penalty but G.P. North couldn’t capitalize.

“We did every thing we could to beat her and we came up short.” said North coach Tim Van Eckoute. “If we would have played that well for the entire game, I think the result might have been more favorable for us. The kids need to learn that when you have a worthy opponent, it takes total effort and concentration for the entire game not just part of it.”

The Norsemen outshot Ladywood for the game, 28-26.

The Michigan Metro High School Girls League contest opened the evening of hockey at the SMAC that was followed by a contest between Detroit Catholic Central and St. Mary’s Prep.

LADYWOOD 3, G.P. NORTH 2: Laura Szwed scored the game-winning goal with 1:20 left in the second period on assists by Heather Sartorious and Abby Kienbaum as Livonia Ladywood (1-0, 1-0) opened its season with a Michigan Metro High School Girls Hockey League victory over Grosse Pointe North (1-1, 1-1) in a game played Saturday at Orchard Lake St. Mary's.

Brittney Holtz opened the scoring for the Blazers at 41 seconds of the game on an assist from Ashley Ballarin, but North came back to lead 2-1 after one period on goals by Kate Zemenick (at 12:08) and Marissa LaValley (at 5:03).

Sartorius then tied it at 2-all at 4:30 of the second period on an assist from Szwed.

Ladywood goaltender Michelle Wyniemko made a total of 28 saves, including 13 in the final period.

"Michelle started out a little shaky, but she played a strong second and third period,'' Ladywood coach Bruce Peck said.

Ladywood, meanwhile, had a total of 26 shots against two North netminders.

"It's a good way to start the season because that's the team that knocked us out the playoffs last year,'' Peck said. "We played a good, solid, all-around game.''


Originally published November 24, 20
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LADYWOOD 5, ANN ARBOR 1: Laura Szwed scored a pair of goals Saturday as host Livonia Ladywood (2-1, 2-1) earned the Michigan Metro High School Girls Hockey League victory over Ann Arbor (1-2, 1-2) at Plymouth's Arctic Pond.

The Blazers led 2-0 after one period and 5-0 after two periods.

Jenna MacDonell and Abby Kienbaum each added a goal and assist for the victorious Blazares. Brittany Andrews assisted twice and Brittney Holtz had the other Ladywood goal.

Cherie Lannin's goal with 9:52 left spoiled Michelle Wyniemko's shutout bid. The Ladywood goalie had a total of 16 saves.

The Blazers, meanwhile, unleashed 36 shots.


Originally published December 8, 2005

Ladywood wins

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Originally published December 11, 2005
LADYWOOD 9, WALLED LAKE 1: Sophomore Abby Kienbaum pumped in three goals Friday as Livonia Ladywood (3-1) defeated Walled Lake (1-3) in the opening round of the Suburban Classic girls hockey tournament at Suburban Ice-Farmington Hills.

Farmington Hills Mercy also reached Saturday's final against the Blazers with a 4-3 double-overtime win over Northville.

Junior Laura Szwed contributed two goals and one assist in the Ladywood win, while sophomore Heather Sartorious had one goal and four assists.

Other goals were scored by junior Angie Iafano, senior Brittany Andrews and senior Jordan Giordano.

Rachel Killian and Iafano also collected two assists each.

Ladywood goaltender Michelle Wyniemko's shutout bid was spoiled by Walled Lake's Molly Baker, who scored with just 24 seconds left.

Ladywood had a total of 31 shots.

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Szwed nets four, sparks Ladywood hockey team

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Szwed is MVP as Ladywood rules tourney

How Szwed it is these days for the Livonia Ladywood girls hockey team.

On Saturday, the Blazers repeated as Suburban Girls High School Classic champs as tournament MVP Laura Szwed finished with four goals and one assist in an 8-1 victory over Farmington Hills Mercy in the finals at Suburban Ice-Farmington Hills.

On Monday, Heather Sartorious had three goals and two assists, while Szwed, a junior, added a hat trick and one assist in a 7-2 Michigan Metro High School Girls Hockey League win over visiting Harper Woods Regina at the Arctic Pond in Plymouth.

Ladywood, winners of four straight, improved to 5-1 overall and 3-1 in the MMHSGL, while Regina falls to 3-3, 2-3.

"After that one bad game (a 6-0 loss to Plymouth-Canton-Salem), we're playing pretty well both offensively and defensively,'' Ladywood coach Bruce Peck said.

Abby Kienbaum added a goal and one assist in the win over Regina. Brittney Holtz assisted on three goals, while Angie Iafano had a pair of helpers.

Rachel Kare and Cam Barkovic scored for the Saddlelites.

Ladywood goaltender made a total of 13 saves, while Regina's Shauna Booth faced 30 shots.


Originally published December 15, 2005

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December 12, 2005
Livonia Ladywood claims 2nd Annual Suburban Girls High School Classic title
Szwed repeats as tournament MVP
Farmington Hills Mercy clawed its way into the final game of the Second Annual Suburban Girls High School Classic with a double overtime 4-3 win over Northville on December 9 at Suburban Ice-Farmington Hills, while Livonia Ladywood powered ahead with a 9-1 victory over Walled Lake to earn a spot in the final.

Ladywood's dominance continued in the final with a 8-1 win over Mercy on December 10. The Blazers' Laura Szwed, who was the inaugural tournament Most Valuable Player, took home MVP honors once again with a six goal, two assist effort over the weekend.

Ladywood tops Regina 7-2 in Catholic contest
December 21, 2005 - Hockey Weekly


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Led by a pair of hat tricks from Heather Sartorius and Laura Szwed, the Ladywood hockey team took its first step towards a berth in the first ever Catholic High School League Girls Hockey championship game with a 7-2 win over Regina Dec. 12, at the Arctic Pond Arena.

The CHSL title game will be played Feb. 18, at Orchard Lake St. Mary’s Athletic Complex. The participants will be based upon round-robin results between the three Catholic schools in the Michigan Metro Girls High School Hockey League. Last year’s game was an “exhibition,” but this year it will be an official title game, according to assistant CHSL director John Verdura.

“There will be trophies for the winning and runner-up teams this year,” said Verdura. “The game is scheduled for St. Mary’s at 8 p.m., Feb. 18.”

The league awarded the first ever boy’s hockey titles last year in Divisions 1 and 2, and will do so again this year Feb. 19 at St. Mary’s Prep.

The other two girls’ games that will decide the competitors in the CHSL title game will be played between Regina and Mercy High School and Ladywood’s MMGHSHL game Jan. 6, with Mercy at the Marlins new home arena, Eddie Edgar in Livonia.

“It is very exciting to be officially recognized by the Catholic League,” said Ladywood coach Bruce Peck. “It goes to show how far Girls’ hockey has come. The girls realize that they are part of something that is only going to get bigger and better as more Catholic schools pick up girls hockey.”

The Saddlelites (2-3) did not go down easy against the Blazers (3-1) as Regina goalie Shauna Booth stymied Ladywood for almost the entire first period. But Szwed broke through with 1:42 left on a pass from Sartorius, while the Blazers were fighting off a penalty to Lauren Doroghazi.

Regina scored first in the second period to tie the game at 1-1, with 9:21 remaining on a goal by Rachel Kare from Cam ‘Kiki’ Barkovic. It remained that way until the Blazers opened the floodgates and scored four goals in a span of 5:17, with Sartorius getting three of those and assisting on Szwed’s second goal of the game.

Meghan Smerecki took over in net in the third period for Regina. Booth had made 16 saves on 21 shots before departing and Smerecki stopped seven of nine shots, surrendering Szwed’s third goal and one by Abby Kienbaum. Barkovic made the score 5-2 from Erika Schilkey before the Blazers closed out the scoring. Ladywood goalie Michelle Wyniemko had 13 saves.

Brittney Holtz had three assists for Ladywood while Angie Iafano had a pair. Solo assists were registered by Maria Rotondo, Jenna MacDonell, Szwed and Kienbaum.

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Blazers iced
Undefeated Victory Honda, a 14-and-under girls hockey team, broke away from a 2-all first-period deadlock Tuesday to hand host Livonia Ladywood High a 6-2 setback in the opening round of the Blazers' tournament held at the Arctic Pond in Plymouth.

Jackie Bartlett had two goals and two assists in the win, while Stephanie Smith also added two goals.

Chelsea Smith and Sam Zaborowski each contributed a goal and one assist.

Laura Szwed and Abby Kienbaum tallied first-period goals for the Blazers (6-2). Heather Sartorious assisted on both, while Mariah McVeigh also drew an assist.

Ladywood netminder Michelle Wyniemko stopped 17 shots, while Riley Langmeyer had 13 stops for Victory Honda.

Plymouth-Canton-Salem defeated Harper Woods Regina in the second game, 10-0, and faced Victory Honda in Wednesday's final.

LADYWOOD 4, NORTHVILLE 0: Goaltender Michelle Wyniemko made 12 saves Wednesday en route to her first shutout of the season as Livonia Ladywood (6-1, 4-1) blanked the host Mustangs (5-5, 3-3) in a Michigan Metro Girls High School Hockey League win at the Novi Ice Arena.

Ladywood led 2-0 after one period on Brittney Holtz's goal at 6:59 from Ashley Ballarin and Heather Sartorious, followed by Abby Kienbaum's power-play goal from Rachel Killian with just 35 seconds left.

Just 46 seconds into the second period, Brittany Andrews made it 3-0 for the Blazers from Killian and Kienbaum.

Sartorious completed the scoring at 2:28 from Laura Szwed and Danielle Foley.

Ladywood had a total of 28 shots on goal and took nine penalties (to Northville's 13).

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LADYWOOD 5, MERCY 0: Laura Szwed notched a hat trick Friday night as Livonia Ladywood (7-2-1, 5-1) downed rival Farmington Hills Mercy (4-6, 3-5) for the second time this season in the Michigan Metro High School Girls Hockey League game at Edgar Arena.

Brittany Andrews had a goal and assist for the victorious Blazers, who scored three times in the second period and twice in the final stanza.

Heather Sartorious chipped in with two assists, while Angie Iafano tallied the other Ladywood goal.

Mercy goaltender Ashley Wrobel kept it from being a rout with 32 saves.

Ladywood netminder Michelle Wyniemko had to make just six save en route to her second shutout.

The Blazers won an earlier meeting this season, 8-1.

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G.P. SOUTH 7, LADYWOOD 1: In a game played Sunday at Detroit's City Ice Arena, Ali Morawski and Amanda Marsh each had two goals and one assist to lead Grosse Pointe South past Livonia Ladywood 7-3-2, 5-2).

South is now 7-1 in the Michigan Metro High School Girls Hockey League.

After a scoreless opening period, the Blue Devils exploded for six second-period goals, including two play-play efforts.

Laura Szwed notched her 12th goal of the season (unassisted) for Ladywood to cut the lead to 4-1, but the damage had been done.

"One was a 5-on-3 and the other was man advantage,'' Ladywood coach Bruce Peck said two power-play goals. "We kind of fell apart. After that, we played much better. We don't have enough depth to overcome a good team like South, especially when you're playing shorthanded.''

Ladywood goaltender Michelle Wyniemko made a total of 22 saves, while South rotated Caroline Sweeney and C.J. Jarboe as the two combined for 22 stops.


Originally published January 12, 2006

Welcome to GP South Lady Blue Devils Hockey 05-06!
South beats Ladywood 7-1
The GP South Lady Blue Devils whacked Ladywood 7-1 on January 8, 2006 at City Ice Arena. The Devils improve to 7-1 for the season with the victory, while the Blazers fall to 5-3, retaining their second place in the West Division standings.

After an even first period, South exploded for six goals. Amanda Marsh scored twice on the powerplay- the first a beautiful back door tap –in from Kathleen McDonald and Ali Morawski, the second from Hilliary Inger. Annie Sheperd got an unassisted goal, then Morawski tapped in a pass from Maria Hartman. Ladywood’s #17 Laura Szwed replied; but a minute later Morawski tallied again, this time from Shami Entenman and McDonald. Newcomer Erin Shook made South’s sixth on a pretty play from Inger and Marsh. A goal from Laura Bristol, assisted by Sheperd and Katie Gerow, ended the scoring 34 seconds into the third period.

Shots were relatively even at 20-17 (favoring South). South killed 7 of 8 penalties they faced, making their penalty kill 94% for the season. Their next game is against Regina next Saturday Jan 14. GO SOUTH!

SIDELINES

Thursday, January 19, 2006

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PCS shaves Blazers
Katie Zimmerman scored a pair of second-period goals to keep Plymouth-Canton-Salem unbeaten with a 2-1 victory Saturday over host Livonia Ladywood in a Michigan Metro Girls Hockey League played at the Arctic Pond.

The Penguins, who beat Ladywood in a previous meeting, 6-0, improved to 11-0 overall and 9-0 in league play.

Ladywood falls to 7-4-1 overall and 5-4.

Zimmerman's goals came at 0:59 and 11:46 of the second period. Ashley LaBlanc assisted on both goals, while teammate Sarah Skonieczny drew an assist on the second.

With 9:03 to go in the final period, Ladywood's Laura Szwed tallied a power-play goal from Heather Sartorious and Ashley Ballarin.

But the Blazers could not get the equalizer past Canton netminder Kristie Kowalski, who made a total of 22 saves en route to the shutout.

"We played well, it was a good game, back-and-forth,'' Ladywood coach Bruce Peck said.

"Their goalie (Kowalski) played well. She's probably the best in our league.''

Ladywood goalie Michelle Wyniemko made 23 saves.

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Late goal ties up Penguins, 1-1

Szwed ending: Blazers tie Penguins, 1-1

BY BRAD EMONS
STAFF WRITER


With the final seconds winding down and a face-off in their own end, things looked bleak for Livonia Ladywood's hockey team in Tuesday's matchup with undefeated Plymouth-Canton-Salem at the Arctic Edge.

Heather Sartorious won the face-off and Laura Szwed was off on a breakaway, scoring the game-tying goal with only 14 seconds left to give the Blazers a 1-1 tie against the host Penguins.

Lauren Doroghazi also drew an assist on the game-tying goal, which was short-handed.

Ladywood had lost two previous meetings against P-C-S, 2-1 and 6-0.

"Laura (Szwed) split the defense and took it end-to-end,'' said Ladywood coach Bruce Peck, whose team is 8-5-2 overall. "We're thrilled (to tie), especially with one of our top defenseman (Danielle Foley) out of the lineup (attending a Detroit Symphony Orchestra rehearsal).''

Through two periods it was a goaltending battle between the Penguins' Kristie Kowalski and Ladywood's Michelle Wyniemko.

"It wa a really tight defensive game, each team had equal opportunities,'' Peck said. "Both goalies kept their teams in the game.''

But just one minute into the third period, Katie Zimmerman broke the scoreless deadlock for Plymouth-Canton-Salem with a goal from Ashley LaBlanc on a four-on-four.

The Penguins, leading the Michigan Metro Girls High School Hockey League at 9-0, are now 10-0-1 overall.


Originally published January 26, 2006

LADYWOOD 9, WALLED LAKE 0: Laura Szwed had a seven-point night with three goals and four assists to lift Livonia Ladywood (8-5-1, 6-4) to the Michigan Metro Girls High School Hockey League victory over visiting Walled Lake (3-8, 3-6) at Plymouth's Arctic Pond.

Ladywood scored three times in each period as Heather Sartorious added a hat trick and two assists.

Angie Iafano, Brittany Andrews and Mariah McVeigh also scored goals for the Blazers.

Rachel Killian chipped in with two assists, while Maria Rotondo, Brittney Holtz and Elyse Lorenz added one apiece.

Ladywood goaltender Michelle Wyniemko made 15 saves en route to her third shutout of the year.


Originally published January 26, 2006

Ladywood floods Walled Lake, 9-0
Hockey Weekly - February 1, 2006

 

Laura Szwed and Heather Sartorius both registered three goal hat tricks to lead the Ladywood Blazers to a 9-0 win over the Walled Lake Wild Jan. 21. Above Ashley Ballarin (19) puts a shot on goal for Ladywood. Other goal scorers were Angelina Iafano, Mariah McVeigh and Brittany Andrews. Goalie Michelle Wyniemko recorded the shutout in goal for the Blazers.

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LADYWOOD 10, WALLED LAKE 2: Laura Szwed finished with a hat trick and three assists Saturday as Livonia Ladywood (9-5-2, 7-4) cruised past host Walled Lake (3-11-1, 3-9-1) in a Michigan Metro High School Girls Hockey League game at the Arctic Pond in Plymouth.

Heather Sartorius and Rachel Killian each added two goals and one assist for the victorious Blazers, who led 4-1 after one period and 8-2 after two periods.

Brittany Andrews and Angie Iafano also contributed to the win with a goal and assist each, while Mariah McVeigh had the other Ladywood goal.


Originally published February 2, 2006

LADYWOOD 3, NORTHVILLE 0: Laura Szwed notched her 26th and 27th goals of the season Saturday as host Livonia Ladywood (10-5-2, 8-4) remained in second place in the Michigan Metro Girls High School Hockey League with a win over the Mustangs (7-7-1, 7-5-1).

Szwed scored a power-play goal from Heather Sartorius and Brittney Holtz with 25 seconds left in the opening period to make it 1-0.

The Blazers put it away with a pair of second period goals -- Angie Iafano from Brittany Andrew on a power play at 3:35 and Szwed from Mariah McVeight at 12-minute mark.

Ladywood goalie Michelle Wyniemko made 14 saves en route to her fourth shutout of the season.

Lisee Criswell had 21 saves for the Mustangs, who got penalized 11 times (to Ladywood's eight) including a pair of 10-minute misconducts.

Originally published February 9, 2006

LADYWOOD 10, PORT HURON 0: Laura Szwed and Ashley Ballarin tallied three goals apiece Thursday as Livonia Ladywood (12-5-2, 10-4) downed host Port Huron in a Michigan Metro Girls High School Hockey League game at McMorran Arena.

Brittany Andrews added two goals and one assists for the Blazers, who led 1-0 after one period before exploding for six second-period goals.

Jenna MacDonell added a goal and assist, while Mariah McVeigh had the other Ladywood goal.

Heather Sartorious collected four assists, while Rachel Killian added three.

Goalie Michelle Wyniemko, who notched her fifth shutout of the season, had to make just nine saves.

Originally published February 12, 2006

Ladywood ends 6-year drought against Cranbrook
February 15, 2006 - Hockey Weekly
It has been six long seasons since a Ladywood hockey team walked off the ice with a win over Cranbrook.

But that streak ended at Cranbrook’s Wallace Ice Arena Feb. 10, when the Blazers used the strength of their second line to beat the Cranes, 4-1.

“As we come towards the end of the season and the playoffs, it was nice to see our second line come up big,” said assistant Ladywood coach Mark Curtin.

Last month when the two West Division teams played at Ladywood, the Blazers felt they played well but still came out on the short end of a 3-1 loss.

“This time we finished our chances,” said Curtin.

Jenna MacDonell led the offense with one goal and two assists and her linemate Rachel Killian added a goal and an assist. Defenseman Brittney Holtz also had a three-point night with a goal and two assists.

The Blazers’ leading scorer, Laura Szwed, added the other goal while Ariel Magidson (assist to Carolyn Gard) scored Cranbrook’s lone tally against goalie Michele Wyniemko.

Ladywood defenseman Loren Doraghazi also tallied an assist on the night.

“It was a solid all-around game for the team,” said Ladywood head coach Bruce Peck. “The defense played strong, only allowing 11 shots on net. My second line of Rachel Killian, Jenna MacDonell, and Brittany Andrews played one of their best games of the season, scoring two goals. If we can get that kind of output from them in the playoffs, we will have a good chance of being successful.”

Peck added that Cranbrook goalie Catherine LaGrasso deserves special mention for stopping three breakaways in the game.

The win was also huge from the standpoint that it gave the Blazers (9-4-0) a four-point lead over Cranbrook (7-6-0) with each team having five games to play. In the overall standings, upon which playoff seedings are based, Ladywood moved closer to being one of the five teams who could get a first-round bye.

The Blazers also put more distance between them and West Division opponent Northville with a 3-0 win on Feb. 4 at the Arctic Pond. Szwed scored a pair of goals and Angelina Iafino added the other.

It was Wyniemko’s fourth shutout of the season.

Girls Hockey All-Honor Teams
(Teams Selected by the Catholic League Coaches Assoc.)


2006 Honors
All-Catholic
Camilia Barkovic, Regina; Christine Campbell, Mercy; Neiko Crown, Regina; Brittany Holtz, Ladywood; Heather Sartorius, Ladywood; Laura Szwed, Ladywood.

Girls Hockey All-Honor Teams
(Teams Selected by the Catholic League Coaches Assoc.)
2006 Honors
All-Catholic
Camilia Barkovic, Regina; Christine Campbell, Mercy; Neiko Crown, Regina; Brittany Holtz, Ladywood; Heather Sartorius, Ladywood; Laura Szwed, Ladywood.

All-League
Danielle Foley, Ladywood; Angie Iafano, Ladywood; Rachel Kare, Regina; Erika Schilkey, Regina; Sara Smilnak, Mercy; Michelle Wyniemko, Ladywood.

All-Academic
Mariel Bolhouse, Mercy; Tara LaMilza, Regina; Jenna MacDonnell, Ladywood.


The Livonia Ladywood Blazers beat Harper Woods Regina on Feb. 17 at the OLSM Complex to capture the Catholic High School League title.
"We had some girls step up at Christmas time to play more minutes because we were missing some players due to injuries," Peck said. "That extra ice time has helped the girls develop into better players, and I think we're a pretty well-rounded team heading into the playoffs."

The Blazers, who beat Regina to the Catholic League title on Feb. 17, play great team defense and as a group have only given up 27 goals. Heather Sartorius and Brittney Holtz are solid defensemen, and the offense is geared around potential Miss Hockey candidate Laura Szwed, who is No. 3 in scoring

 

 

 

 

Ladywood wins inaugural Girls Catholic League crown
March 1, 2006 - Hockey Weekly


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Harper Woods Regina and Livonia Ladywood didn’t disappoint anyone in playing a memorable first-ever Catholic High School League Girls Championship game Feb. 17.

The Blazers won the contest, which was held at the Orc

hard Lake St. Mary’s Athletic Complex, 3-2 as they pulled it out in the final period.

The Saddlelites, who lost earlier to Ladywood in the MMGHSHL regular season and then tied it in a tournament game, grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first period on a goal from Caitlin Lariscy with an assist from Rachel Kare.

In the second period, Regina captain Cam “Kiki” Barkovic put her team up 2-0 on a shot set up by Kare and Erika Schilkey.

Regina goalie Meghan Smerecki frustrated the Blazers at every turn until Rachel Killian picked up a loose puck and went in on a breakaway to bring her team back to within a goal.

Leading Ladywood scorer Laura Szwed then converted passes from Brittany Andrews and Heather Sartorius to make it a 2-2 going into the intermission.

The final period started off with both teams being cautious, but the winning goal came on a bad break for Smerecki, when Ladywood’s Ashley Ballarin tried to pass the puck from behind the Regina net to a teammate in front. Instead the puck hit Smerecki and deflected in. Sartorious and Szwed were credited with assists.

Regina threatened to tie the game on several great scoring chances that Ladywood goalie Michelle “Peanut” Wyniemko turned aside, including a zinger that went off the handle of Wyniemko’s stick.

Regina pulled Smerecki for an extra skater, but couldn’t get the tying goal to send it into overtime.

A year ago when the CHSL started the boys Division 1 and Division 2 championships, they had Regina and Ladywood play a “Showcase” game. Ladywood won 5-3 and claimed a “mythical” title. This year’s game was for the real thing.

“It was a game that was similar to last year,” said Ladywood head coach Bruce Peck. “Regina jumped out to a two-goal advantage before we were able to get anything going. It was really a back and forth game with the shots coming out relatively equal. (Regina had a 24-23 edge).

“Both goalies had to come up with some big saves in the third period. Regina played an awfully good game, and I am just so proud of the way my girls didn’t give up and kept a positive attitude throughout the game.

“Winning the first official Catholic League Championship was a goal we set from the beginning of the year and the girls are just so happy to have accomplished it. It is a great way to send the seniors out.”

“The effort displayed by my girls was second to none,” said Regina head coach Kevin Selegean.

“They gave it their all and I am truly proud of them. Unfortunately, we were not the victors, but we had a wonderful experience. This event will be remembered by all my players.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Detroit Free Press

Two girls hockey squads shooting to net state title

Livonia Ladywood, P-C-S to contend for championship starting Saturday

March 2, 2006

FREE PRESS SPORTS WRITER
BY ANNETTE VANDECAR

The regular season is over, and there's one thing left that the Plymouth-Canton-Salem and Livonia Ladywood girls ice hockey teams want -- the Michigan Metro Girls High School Hockey League state championship.

The playoffs will start Saturday. No. 4 seed Ladywood will play No. 13 Bloomfield Hills (1-12) in the first round at 4:30 p.m. at Arctic Edge in Canton. The top-seeded P-C-S Penguins earned a first-round bye and will play in Wednesday's semifinals at 6 p.m.

Ladywood coach Bruce Peck said his team and P-C-S are title contenders, along with defending state champion Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Kingswood, Grosse Pointe South and Grosse Pointe North.

"Cranbrook Kingswood and Livonia Ladywood both finished the season strong." P-C-S coach Lori Callahan said.

The Ladywood Blazers went 9-0-2 in the last 11 league games to finish second in the West Division at 16-5-2, 13-4-1.

The Blazers, who reached the 2005 quarterfinals, are led by junior forward Laura Szwed (29 goals, 15 assists) and sophomore forward Heather Sartorius (14 goals, 16 assists).

"Our season has gone the way we expected it to," Blazers coach Bruce Peck said. "We expected to finish in the top five in the league, and we were fourth. We've been playing extremely well lately, and we hope to continue the climb. We will take things one game at a time, but we feel we can compete for the championship if we play up to our abilities."

Michigan Hockey online
Michigan Metro girl’s league playoffs are set for Arctic Edge in Canton
Favorites watch for letdown against hungry underdogs in first-round games

By Bob St. John

The Michigan Metro Girls High School Hockey League playoffs begin Saturday, March 4, at the Artic Edge Arena in Canton.

Game times for the five games are 4:30, 5, 6:30, 7 and 8:30 PM. The games will be played in the arena's two rinks.The Michigan Metro High School Girls Hockey playoffs start on March 4 at Canton’s Arctic Edge.

Livonia Ladywood, the No. 4 seed, faces No. 13 seed Bloomfield Hills. The Blazers, led by Miss Hockey candidate Laura Szwed, beat the Knighthawks earlier this season and they are heavy favorites to advance to the quarterfinals.

"We feel very good about the direction the team has taken during the final few weeks of the regular season," Ladywood head coach Bruce Peck said. "We have some depth to work with, which will help us compete at a higher level in the playoffs."


Detroit News

Girls hockey 3/9/2006

Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood 4, Livonia Ladywood 2: At Canton Arctic Edge Arena, Katherine Park scored twice, Audrey Stapleton had a goal and two assists and Ariel Magidson scored for Cranbrook-Kingswood. Laura Szwed and Brittney Holtz scored for Ladywood.

Cranbrook 4, Ladywood 2

Hockey Weekly 3/15/2006

Cranbrook senior Katherine Park staked the Cranes to a 2-0 lead in the first period scoring both goals, the first assisted by Audrey Stapleton and the second by Anna Brown and Kelsey Goin. But Ladywood’s Laura Szwed and Brittney Holtz brought the Blazers back even in the second period with a goal each.

Ladywood had a golden opportunity about five minutes into the third period as back to back penalties put CK in a five-on-three penalty kill for nearly two minutes.

After fighting off the deficit, Cranbrook goalie Catherin LaGrasso made a huge save.

Long after that, Ariel Magidson scored the game winner with 7:22 to play from Stapleton.

Ladywood pulled goalie Michele Wyniemko for and extra attacker, only to have Stapleton block a shot and go down and score the insurance tally with 52 seconds remaining.

Michigan Metro Girls High School Hockey League

2006 All State Players Honored, Ms. Hockey Selected
First Team All State:

Goalie: Clarice Grantham - Ann Arbor
Defense: Kellie Bargowski - PCS, Andrea Soloko - Northville
Forwards: Ali Morawski, G.P.South, Laura Szwed - Ladywood, Emily Nelson - G.P. North


That is the final game of the season. Laura has been invited to play AAA with the Victory Honda 19-under team , Little Ceasars 19-under or a Strong Spring 19-under team currently forming.

Hockey Weekly All-State Awards Luncheon swells to 300
March 29, 2006 - By Pete Krupsky
Much like High School hockey in Michigan, the annual Hockey Weekly High School All-State Awards Luncheon continues to grow.

After working its first three years at Ginopolis on the Ice Restaurant at the Compuware Sports Arena, the luncheon moved this year to Livonia’s Laurel Manor to accommodate an anticipated larger crowd.

Sure enough, 300 people attended the event March 19, in a celebration of Michigan High School hockey sponsored by Hockey Weekly, Hockey Weekly Action Photos, Little Bill’s Trophies, TPS Hockey and Laurel Manor.


The Michigan High School Hockey Coaches Association and Michigan Metro Girls High School Hockey League were other major contributors to a successful event.

 


 

 

 


The Girls First Team All-State (right to left) Emily Nelson, Laura Szwed, Clarice Grantham, Kellie Bargowski, Andrea Soloko and Ali Morawski.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Girls Team Michigan ready for Chicago Showcase
April 12, 2006 - Hockey Weekly
Once again, the Girls Chicago High School Showcase will be held April 19-23.

The showcase will be sponsored by the Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois.

The event’s goal is to provide a highly competitive national event for those elite female High School student athletes, who play for USA Hockey Girls teams.

The event also provides the opportunity for these elite players – who may not be traditionally scouted – to be seen by every major Women’s hockey program in the United States.

The members of Team Michigan have been selected and the coaching staff is excited about this group of young ladies, who will represent Michigan.

The players selected to this year’s Team Michigan are: Ashley Aiken, Kylie Blasen, Danielle Drzewicki, Carly Facchini, Kaiti Graham, Rosario Holt, Erica Jensen, Lynn Loechli, Emily Nelson, Brooke Pinar, Nicole Potter, Kathryn Rini, Jaclyn Rosol, Kate Ryan, Kelly Salis, Kayla Sassak, Stacey Savola, Prenella Semma, Laura Szwed, Jennifer VandeVusse, Jaclyn Zarb and Kate Zimmerman.

Laura Stiles, Brian Miller and Jeff Wilson are the coaches and they look forward to a positive and rewarding experience for all the players and their parents.

Jean Laxton is the team’s manager.

Girls/Women’s Director Patty Madden is the team’s general manager.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 


 




 











 

 

 

 

 

 

The Ladywood Blazers and Laura Szwed 2005-2006 season!

Laura Szwed was chosen First Team All State. This honor goes to six individuals within the MMGHSHL.

Laura will be playing for Team Michigan at the Chicago Showcase

Laura is on the Midwest Team at Hockey night in Boston August 13-18

 

Videos from the 2005-2006 season

If in the past you have encountered broken links. Check back as the links have been uploaded again.

Spring Hockey video( Coming soon! )

University Ligget Highschool game 2/24/2006

New Videos are in from the Catholic League Championship against Regina

Ann Arbor Pioneers 2/12/2006

Port Huron Game 2/9/2006

Cranbrook game 2/8/2006

Northville game 2/4/2006

Walled Lake Unified

Plymouth Salem Canton

The Regina games

The Ann Arbor games

Groose Pointe North

Mercy High School

The Suburban hockey classic against Walled Lake

Victory Honda AAA Ladywood Holiday Tournament

Grosse Pointe South