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Laura Szwed Hockey 2006-2007

Miss Hockey to play at Utica
May 2, 2007 - Hockey Weekly http://www.hockeyweekly.com


Michigan High School’s Miss Hockey 2007, Laura Szwed, has decided to play College Hockey next year, committing to Utica College in Utica, NY.

Szwed, who will graduate from Livonia Ladywood High School, had 123 goals and 60 assists for 183 points during her four-year career with the Blazers in the Michigan Metro Girls High School Hockey League.

The Utica Pioneers women’s hockey team was nationally ranked No. 7 for women’s Division 3 College Hockey programs last season and finished their season 18-5-3 overall and 10-2-2 in the ECAC West Conference.

Szwed, a right wing, was a Ladywood team captain for three years and led the MMGHSHL in scoring in 2006 and 2007, being named first team All-State both seasons.
Szwed is also an accomplished barefoot water skier and currently holds three national records. In September 2006 she was a member of the U.S. Elite Team that won the World Championships in Adna, WA, where Szwed place third in Women’s Tricks and sixth in Women’s Slalom.

Laura has committed to play for Utica College in New York.

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SIDELINES

Szwed to Utica

Michigan's Miss Hockey for 2007, Livonia Ladywood's Laura Szwed, has committed to play hockey next season at Utica College (N.Y.).

Szwed led the Blazers to a 17-3-1 record with 42 goals and 17 assists. She finished with 139 career goals in 62 games.

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Local player wins
Miss Hockey
Livonia Ladywood senior Laura Szwed, a resident of White Lake, was named Miss Hockey in the state of Michigan. A senior, Szwed led the Metro Girls High School Hockey League with 50 points (34 goals, 16 assists) for Ladywood this year.

Szwed, a natural from birth, is Miss Hockey
March 28, 2007 - By Pete Krupsky Hockeyweekly


When Laura Szwed was born, her father, Chris, had a present for her.

“My dad bought me a hockey helmet when I was born and suggested I go play hockey,” Szwed said. “So that’s how I got started.”

The lessons were well learned and Szwed, after being named to the Michigan Girls All-State Team for two seasons in a row, earned the 2007 Miss Hockey Award.

“I was shocked and really surprised,” Szwed said about receiving the Miss Hockey Award. “I started shaking. It’s a good feeling to have. I hoped to win this award, but I wasn’t expecting it.”

Szwed (pronounced Sch-WEED) [ editors note.....Actually this is not correct we pronounce it "Swede" ] led the Michigan Metro Girls Hockey League with 34 goals and 16 assists for 50 points for Livonia Ladywood. She played four seasons for the Blazers and was team captain for three of those seasons.

“I am really proud of the type of player that Laura turned into during her four years at Ladywood,” said her coach, Bruce Peck.

“She went from a pure goal scorer to a two-way player that became aware of where she needed to be on the ice.

“For four years she did it all for us and I couldn’t be happier for her.

“She is most deserving of the award and has a bright future ahead of her both in and out of hockey.”

She has also done a good job in the classroom.

Szwed has been selected as one of the recipients of the Cevil Beasley Memorial Scholarship Award from the Lakeland Hockey Association for the 2007-08 academic year. This scholarship has been designed to provide recognition for graduating seniors who have shown spirit and dedication to amateur hockey through their longevity and active participation in Lakeland Hockey Association.

Actually, Szwed thinks her junior season was her best year.

“Last year was my best year and I was just happy to be named to the All-State team,” Szwed said.

As a sophomore, she was named to the All-State second team. Her future plans include hockey.

“I’m going to play college hockey somewhere,” Szwed said. “I’m going to start at Ithaca College in New York and we’ll see what happens.” {Editors note. This is not correct. Ithaca College does not have hockey as a sport.}
Szwed became the third Ladywood player to win the Miss Hockey Award in its eight-year history. The first ever Miss Hockey in 2000 was Ladywood’s Katie O’Dea and her sister, Mary Beth O’Dea, won it in 2004. Ladywood’s Laura Szwed dishes a pass during a state quarterfinal game in which she scored the first two goals and assisted on the winner. She led all girls in league play with 34 goals and 16 assists for 50 points in 18 games.

Laura Szwed, Miss Hockey 2007

Moments after opening the envelopes to reveal the winners, former Red Wing Doug Brown poses between Mr. Hockey, Cranbrook’s Andrew Miller, and Miss Hockey, Ladywood’s Laura Szwed.

 

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Miss Hockey delivers

BY BRAD EMONS
STAFF WRITER

When it comes to the water, Livonia Ladywood High's Laura Szwed has both sides of the rink covered.

On frozen pond, the senior was honored recently in a banquet held at Livonia's Laurel Manor as Miss Hockey, recognizing the top girls high school hockey player in the state.

And when it warms up, she spends her summers on Brendel Lake near her home in White Lake perfecting routines as a barefoot water skier where she competes both nationally and in world competitions.

Last September, in 2006 Barefoot Water Ski World Championships held in Adna, Wash. (Lake Silverado), Szwed earned a bronze medal in tricks and fourth in the slalom for a sixth-place finish overall. She was also a member of the first-place U.S. Elite Barefoot Water Ski Team.

"I like both sports equally,'' said Szwed. "My brother (Kyle) and my dad (Chris) competed (in water skiing). My mother (Pat) roots us on.''

The family also had plenty to cheer about this winter as Laura led the Blazers to a 17-3-1 record and a berth in the semifinals of the Michigan High School Girls Hockey League playoffs.

Szwed ended her career (March 8) at Livonia's Edgar Arena with a pair of goals in a 5-2 loss to Bloomfield Hills Kingswood, giving her 42 for the season to go along with 17 assists.

Needless to say, Szwed earned first-team All-State honors along with teammate Brittney Holtz, a senior defenseman, and was one of six considered in the final voting for Miss Hockey.

"I figured I was in the running, but I was really shocked when they announced it,'' Szwed said.

Szwed, who carries a 3.4 grade-point average, plans to continue her hockey career in college.

Despite standing only 5 feet, 2 inches, Szwed was adept at making big plays when the Blazers needed them the most. In 67 games at Ladywood, Szwed finished her career with 139 goals and 62 assists.

"I just try to use my speed out there,'' the new Miss Hockey said.

Szwed began playing at age seven and competed on boys teams until a Pee Wee division (age 12) was offered for girls. She decided to attend Ladywood because it had a high school girls hockey program.

"It's sad to be leaving, I really enjoyed playing,'' she said. "A lot of us have been playing together for three and four years.''

There's a huge void that needs to be filled now that Szwed's prep career is over.

"We'll miss her leadership and her two-way style of play,'' Ladywood coach Bruce Peck said. "She's not tall, but she really knows how to position herself on the ice. She has strong legs. It no doubt comes from the water.

"And she's the nicest person you'll ever meet. She's very humble and team-oriented. She's good in the classroom, very positive, and fun to be around.'"

Originally published March 25, 2007

Ladywood’s Szwed named Miss Hockey

Over the course of her four-year career at Livonia Ladywood, senior forward Laura Szwed steadily developed into a complete player according to her head coach Bruce Peck.

And the other coaches in the league agree with him, because on March 19 Szwed was named Michigan’s 2007 Miss Hockey.

“I was really excited when I heard my name called, and I think I was actually shaking,” said Szwed, whose dad inspired her to play at the tender age of six.


The Blazers captain led the league in scoring this season with 34 goals and 50 points. She also helped carry Ladywood all the way through the playoffs, until they lost in the semifinals to Cranbrook, 5-2.

“Laura really brought some stability to our program over the last four years, so that’s going to be a big void to fill, but I’m very happy for her,” said Peck.

Meanwhile, Szwed is an outstanding performer in the classroom as well, maintaining a 3.4 grade point average. She was also a first-team all-state selection a year ago, second-team all state in 2005, was an all-league honorable mention recipient her freshman season.

Szwed thanked her coach for putting his trust in her; which she said led to her becoming a better person.

“I learned a lot from Coach Peck because he gave me the confidence and boost I needed to take my career to another level,” said Szwed.

Now that her playing days at Ladywood are over, Szwed says she plans on playing Division 3 hockey

“I’m excited to move on but I’ll miss the friendships I’ve made with the girls on my team, and also the competition with some of the other schools like Cranbrook and Ann Arbor.”
By Ryan Doherty

Livonia Ladywood senior forward Laura Szwed was named Michigan’s 2007 Miss Hockey.

2007 Miss Hockey Award Winner

Hockey Weekly is proud to present Miss Hockey for the 2006-2007 Girls High School Hockey season...

This award is presented annually by the Michigan Metro Girls High School Hockey League to the high school hockey player in the state of Michigan whose play throughout the year was an example of excellence on ice. In addition to her accomplishments and achievements on the ice, Miss Hockey's career is highlighted by good sportmanship and leadership.

Miss Hockey will be ... ?
March 21, 2007 - Hockey Weekly

The Michigan Metro Girls High School Hockey League completed another thrilling season this year with first ever champions Plymouth-Canton-Salem defeating Cranbrook, 5-2, on March 9.

Now all that’s left to do is honor the league’s players selected for All-State, All-League, honorable mention, All-State Academic Player of the Year and find out who is Miss Hockey for 2006.

This year’s Miss Hockey will be revealed when the envelope is opened today at the Hockey Weekly High School All-State Luncheon.

The six candidates for Miss Hockey are on the All-State First Team: Forwards Kate Zemenick, Katie Zimmerman, Laura Szwed, defensemen Keely Kowalski and Brittney Holtz and goalie Clarice Grantham.

The voting took place among the MMGHSHL coaches March 7 and has been held in secret for today’s exciting announcement. There is no doubt that all six girls played up to the expectations of what the No. 1 Girls High School Hockey Player in the State of Michigan should be – both on and off the ice.

A feature story on Miss Hockey 2007 can be found in the next issue of Hockey Weekly.

We thank all the teams, coaches, players, administrators and parents of players in the MMGHSHL for an exciting season. Today we pause to give these student-athletes the recognition they have earned.

THE 2006-2007 GIRLS ALL-STATE TEAMS

FIRST TEAM

Kate Zemenick, Forward, Grosse Pointe North Katie Zimmerman, Forward, Plymouth-Canton-Salem Laura Szwed, Forward, Ladywood Keely Kowalski, Defense, Plymouth-Canton-Salem Brittney Holtz, Defense, Ladywood Clarice Grantham, Goalie, Ann Arbor

SECOND TEAM

Audrey Stapleton, Forward, Cranbrook Ariel Magidson, Forward, Cranbrook Elizabeth Palmer, Forward, University Liggett Angie Chronis, Defense, Ann Arbor Erika Schilkey, Defense, Regina Catherine LaGrasso, Goalie, Cranbrook

Laura Szwed and Brittney Holtz from the Ladywood Blazers were chosen all state first team members of the Michigan Metro Girls High School league

March 9, 2007

BY CHRIS LAU

FREE PRESS SPORTS WRITER

Girls Hockey

Cranbrook-Kingswood 5, Livonia Ladywood 2: Ariel Magidson scored a hat trick for Cranbrook, which plays Plymouth Canton Salem in the state final at 7 tonight, also at Eddie Edgar Arena in Livonia. Laura Szwed scored both Ladywood goals.

 

PCS, Ladywood still on course for title game showdown
March 14, 2007 - Hockey Weekly

As expected, both Plymouth Canton Salem and Livonia Ladywood reached the semifinals of the Michigan Girls High School Hockey State Tournament, which was being held at Livonia’s Eddie Edgar Arena.

Ladywood (16-2-1) defeated Grosse Pointe North 3-2 in a quarterfinal game on March 5 to advance to the semis, which were scheduled for March 8.

Heather Sartorious’ goal 4:07 into the third period broke a 2-2 tie and the Blazers’ defense took over from there.

“We were able to limit them to three shots in the period,” said Ladywood coach Bruce Peck. “And effectively killed off a five-on-three to preserve the lead.”

Laura Szwed scored the first two goals and assisted on the game winner. Sartorious assisted on Szwed’s second goal.

Michelle Wyniemko stopped 22-of-24 shots in goal for Ladywood.

The Blazers responded with a 3-2 win over Grosse Pointe North in second round of the playoffs on March 5. Ladywood’s Heather Sartorius took a pass from teammate Laura Szwed out of the corner, and snapped a wrister in the upper right corner to break a 2-2 tie with just five minutes left in the game.

Szwed, the circuit’s leading scorer during the regular season with 50 points, got the Blazers on the board first, scoring unassisted just 1:04 into the game. But the Norsemen fired back just 50 seconds later as Marissa LaValley tied the game up 1-1. Sarah Hughes recorded the assist. Szwed added her second of the night on the powerplay to make it 2-1 early in the second. Brittney Holtz and Sartorius drew the assists.

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Szwed goal keeps Ladywood alive

Livonia Ladywood found a way to win in the quarterfinal round of the Michigan Metro Girls High School Hockey League playoffs on Monday.

Laura Szwed figured in all three goals, including an assist on the game-winner by Heather Sartorious with 10:53 to go in the final period, as the Blazers edged Grosse Pointe North, 3-2, at Livonia's Edgar Arena.

Ladywood, now 17-2-1 overall, advances to tonight's semifinal round against Bloomfield Hills Kingswood. Game time is 8:45 at Edgar Arena. The other semifinal pits regular season champion Plymouth-Canton-Salem against Ann Arbor at 6 p.m. The championship game is slated for 7 p.m. Friday at Edgar.

"I'm pleasantly happy we won because they (Grosse Pointe North) are a good all-around team,'' Ladywood coach Bruce Peck said. "We played a solid game.''

Szwed scored unassisted at 1:04 of the first period, but Regina's Marissa LaValley answered at 2:09 to make it 1-1.

Szwed then notched her 40th goal of the year from Brittney Holtz and Heather Sartorious 8:56 of the second period, only to have the Saddlelites' Alex Quilan knot the count again at 2-all at 13:42.

Sartorious tallied the deciding goal 4:07 into the final period from Szwed and Maria Rotondo.

Ladywood netminder Michelle Wyniemko stopped 22-of-24 shots.

Grosse Pointe Norths Tori Bogen made 23 saves on the night as the Saddlelites were swept in the season series by the Blazers, 3-0.

Ladywood 3 GPN 2. Laura had 2goals 1 assist and a penalty.

Michigan Metro Girls High School Hockey League
The 2007 MMGHSHL state tournament!
All games are at Eddie Edgar Arena, Lyndon and Farmington Road, Livonia, MI.

Quarter Finals Results : Monday, March 5:
5:30 - PCS 8, Mercy 0.
7:00 - Cranbrook 7, Northville 1.
7:15 - Ann Arbor 2, GP South 0.
8:45 - Ladywood 3, GP North 2.

Semi Finals: Thursday, March 8:
7:00 Plymouth Canton Salem vs Ann Arbor.
8:45 Cranbrook vs Ladywood.

Laura has been selected as one of the recipients of the Cevil Beasley Memorial Scholarship Award from the Lakeland Hockey Asscoiation for the 2007/2008 academic year. This scholarship has been designed to provide recognition for graduating seniors who have shown spirit and dedication to amateur hockey through their longevity and active participation in Lakeland Hockey Association.

Livonia Ladywood, which lost one of its better players for the season with a broken ankle, head into the playoffs as the No. 2 seed.

"I'm counting on Rachel Killian and Ashley Ballarin to step up and fill Prenella's shoes on the second line," Ladywood head coach Bruce Peck said. "Losing Prenella is a big blow for us, but we're not counting ourselves out of the chase by a long shot."

The Blazers still have the league leading scorer Laura Szwed , plus all-league defenseman Brittney Holtz, to lead the way.

Ladywood and head coach Bruce Peck won impressive games, beating Grosse Pointe North and Cranbrook-Kingswood to clinch second place in Division One and get a first-round playoff bye.

"We played extremely well in those wins," Peck said. "We know we have a title contending team, but we need all of the girls to be on their game to win it."

Laura Szwed (a league leading 50 points) and Heather Sartorius (34) are in the top 10 in scoring and their scoring ability is spread across two lines.

Ladywood wins CHSL February 28, 2007 - Hockey Weekly

“It is definitely exciting for the girls to win back to back Catholic League championships,” said Ladywood coach Bruce Peck.The CHSL contest was the second ever Girls championship game; the Blazers won last year, 3-2, over Regina.

This year, Ladywood grabbed a 2-1 lead in the first with goals from Szwed, and Semma while Lexie McGillis scored for Regina. Laura Szwed (had five goals in the game) and Ashley Ballarin increased the Blazers lead to 4-1 in the second period, then Semma was helped off the ice after a collision.

“Regina came out hard and played aggressive hockey, while we came out playing very passively,” he added. “But we managed to pick it up as the game went on and seemed to be able to wear them down.”

In the final period, senior captain Szwed, the league’s leading scorer shouldered the load, scoring a hat trick for the 7-1 final.

She’ll be looking for help, though, from other Blazers and got some in their last two regular season games. First they beat Port Huron Feb. 19, 4-2. Szwed scored a pair of goals while Ballarin and Elise Sarwarski added one each and Heather Sartorius had two assists.

“The girls came out flat" said Peck. “As the game went on, they picked it up, but it wasn’t one of our better showings.”

Then in the last game before playoffs, the Blazers beat Ann Arbor, 2-1, on Feb. 21, coming from behind on a first period goal by Ann Arbor’s Kristina Harter.

Sartorius got one in the second period from Szwed and Ballarin got the game winner from Sawarski in the final frame.

“We played one of our better games of the season, but Clarice Grantham stood on her head making amazing saves all game,” Peck said. “She managed to stop 43 shots.

“I was proud of the way my girls played three great periods to get the win and pick up some momentum heading into the playoffs.”
Finishing 15-2-1 and second in Division 1, Ladywood will get one of the first-round byes in the playoffs and not play until the March 5 quarterfinals.

Senior Laura Szwed during the game in which she scored five goals.

LADYWOOD 2, ANN ARBOR 1: Ashley Ballarin's goal from Elise Sawarski with 11:11 remaining in the game Wednesday gave Livonia Ladywood (16-2-12, 15-2-1) the Michigan Metro High School Girls Hockey League victory over host Ann Arbor (9-6-1, 9-6-1) at Veterans Arena.

Ladywood, which wrapped up second place in the league, trailed 1-0 after one period on Kristina Harter's power-play goal at 2:04.

Heather Sartorious answered for the Blazers at 7:55 of the second period from Laura Szwed.

All-State goalie Clarice Grantham made 43 saves for Ann Arbor.

Ladywood's Michelle Wyniemko stopped 15 of 16 shots.

 

HIGH SCHOOL HOCKEY
Key injury dampens Ladywood win

Livonia Ladywood repeated as Catholic League girls hockey champion Saturday, but paid a steep price in its 7-1 victory over Harper Woods Regina.

Sophomore Prenella Semma, was lost for the season when she suffered a broken ankle near mid-ice at the end of the second period in a game played at Orchard Lake St. Mary.

Laura Szwed led Ladywood with five goals and one assist, while Heather Sartorious added four assists. Semma and Ashley Ballarin accounted for the other two goals.

Regina's Lexie McGillis scored with 4:34 left in the first period to make it 1-all, but the Blazers answered with six straight goals.

Ladywood outshot the Saddlelites, 28-18, as netminder Michelle Wyniemko made 17 saves.

The loss dropped Regina to 6-11 overall.

On Monday, Szwed notched her 36th and 37th goals of the year in a 4-2 Michigan Metro Girls High School Hockey League triumph over Port Huron at Plymouth's Arctic Edge.

Ladywood, now 15-2-1 overall and 14-2-1 in the league, also got goals from Ballarin and Elise Sarwarski.

Sarah Bachman and Bree Glombrowski tallied goals for the Big Reds (7-10, 7-10).

Ladywood outshot Port Huron, 38-11, as Wyniemko had to make just nine saves.

Editors note*** The Catholic League Showcase. Laura Szwed had 5 goals and an assist to lead the Blazers to a 7-1 victory (Video below)

Blazers blast Kingswood at JLA, 6-2 Livonia Ladywood to a 6-2 Michigan Metro Girls High School Hockey League victory Friday afternoon over Bloomfield Hills Kingswood as part of Hockey Day at Detroit's Joe Louis Arena.

Ladywood is now 13-2-1 overall and 13-2-1 in the league, while Kingswood falls to 12-6-1 overall and 11-5-1 in the league.

Heather Sartorious added two goals and one assist for the victorious Blazers, who avenged a 4-3 setback to the Cranes on Jan. 31 thanks to an outstanding goaltending effort from Catherine LaGrasso.

Laura Szwed chipped in with a goal and two assists, while Maria Rotondo and Abby Kienbaum added two assists apiece.

Audrey Stapleton and Ariel Magidson scored for the Cranes, who were outshot 32-16.

"We took better shots, we learned from what happened the first time and we got her moving (LaGrasso),'' Ladywood coach Bruce Peck said.

Ladywood goalie Michelle Wyniemko stopped 14 of 16 shots.

Ladywood perfects penalty kill

February 18, 2007

BY SUSAN SMILEY

FREE PRESS SPECIAL WRITER

The plan looked great on paper. It worked flawlessly in practice.

But the Livonia Ladywood players could not be sure their new penalty-kill play would work once the puck dropped in an actual game.

After being burned by two power-play goals in a 4-3 loss to Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood on Jan. 31, Ladywood decided it was time for a revamp.

The Blazers (13-2-1) knew that to hold their second-place spot in the Michigan Metro Girls High School Hockey League and challenge first-place Plymouth-Canton-Salem their special teams would have to be stellar.

"The penalty kill has gotten a lot stronger," said captain and defenseman Brittney Holtz after the Cranbrook loss.

"We are getting the positions down better, and we are being more aggressive and not giving opposing forwards a chance to skate around us and open up. That was how Cranbrook got both of their goals. It seems like it is working really well in practice, but the bad thing is we have not had a chance to try it in a game yet."

The Blazers got that chance Feb. 7 against Grosse Pointe North.

A win would put Ladywood within three points of the top spot in the league. The opportunity came with 4:42 left in the second period and the Blazers successfully killed a two-minute penalty. Ladywood scored with 37.7 left for a 3-2 win over the Norsemen.

On Feb. 9, they notched a 6-2 win over Cranbrook.

"We have a solid offense and are at the top of the league when it comes to goal scoring," coach Bruce Peck said. "We have a strong defense as well, but in that Cranbrook game we made mistakes when they were on the power play. When we play 5-on-5 we are solid; we just need to get the penalty kill straightened out."

That can be a challenge on a team that has only two full lines, because it cannot have just one set power play or penalty-killing unit. The players with the freshest legs get the call for special teams regardless of their expertise.

"We play two lines and two sets of defensemen, so everyone has to know what to do in every situation," Peck said.

Forward and captain Laura Szwed, who leads the league in scoring with 32 goals and 15 assists through Feb. 18, said the forwards are trying to put points on the board and take some pressure off the defense. Prenella Semma is fifth on the list with 28 goals and six assists while Heather Sartorius is eighth with 10 goals and 20 assists.

"I think that we play our best when we are a little more aggressive," Szwed said.

"I think in that Cranbrook game, if we would have had crisper passes and made a move with the puck instead of just taking the shot, we would have been more successful."

Also a challenge for Peck and most girls high school hockey coaches is the fact that half his roster is seasoned while the other half may have only a couple years of experience playing competitive hockey. Getting players of different skill levels to jell can be tough, but because Ladywood has such a small team, the chemistry blossomed quickly.

"We are like a family," Holtz said. "We get angry with each other in games, but it is not like really angry. It is angry to motivate each other."

LADYWOOD 3, G.P. NORTH 2: Prenella Semma's goal with only 37 seconds left give Livonia Ladywood (12-2-1, 12-1-1) the MMGHSHL win Wednesday over host Grosse Pointe North (12-5-1, 10-5-1) at Hazel Park's Viking Arena. Marissa LaValley's goal with 1:11 left tied the game at 2-all for the Norseman after Phelecia Van Overbeke scored with 10 minutes remaining to pull North to within a goal. Ladywood took a 2-0 lead with a pair of second period goals -- Semma (unassisted) and Ashley Ballarin (Sartorious and Kienbaum).

North goaltender Tori Bogen stopped 37 shots, while Ladywood's Michelle Wyniemko made 15 saves.

LADYWOOD 7, NORTHVILLE 0: Laura Szwed's hat trick and one assist powered Livonia Ladywood (11-2-1, 11-2-1) to a Michigan Metro Girls High School Hockey League triumph Saturday over the visiting Mustangs (0-12, 0-12) at the Arctic Pond.

Prenella Semma contributed two goals and an assist for the Blazers, who led 4-0 after one period and 5-0 after two periods.

Abby Kienbaum and Heather Sartorius chipped in with a goal and assist each, while teammates Rachel Killian and Ashley Ballarin collected two assists apiece.

Goalie Michelle Wyniemko made 16 saves en route to her fourth shutout of the season.

The Blazers had a total of 29 shots on goal.

LADYWOOD 6, LIGGETT 0: Tuesday as Livonia Ladywood (10-1-1, 10-1-1) blanked host Grosse Pointe Woods University-Liggett (2-10, 2-10) in a Michigan Metro Girls High School Hockey League game played at McCann Arena.

The Blazers scored three goals in each of the first two periods.

Laura Szwed, Maria Rotondo and Elyse Lorenz also tallied goals for the Blazers, who outshot the Knights 40-12 on the night.

Ladywood goalie Michelle Wyniemko (12 saves) earned her third shutuout.

STATE CHAMPS! High School Sports Show

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Friday February 9 th Ladywood VS Cranbrook at the Joe Lewis Arena downtown Detroit

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Semma lifts Blazers to 8-0 victory

Junior Prenella Semma pumped in four goals and senior Laura Szwed collected a hat trick with one assist as Livonia Ladywood rolled to an 8--0 victory Saturday over host Harper Woods Regina in a Michigan Metro Girls High School Hockey League game at the St. Clair Shores Arena.

Ladywood, which meets Plymouth-Canton-Salem in a showdown for first place 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Arctic Pond in Plymouth, improves to 9-0-1 overall and 9-0-1 in the league.

The game ended with 39 seconds left in the second period because of the eight-goal mercy rule.

Ashley Ballerin also scored for the victorious Blazers, who led 3--0 after one period before scoring five more in the second.

Assists went to Brittney Holtz (3), Maria Rotondo, Angie Iafano, Abby Kienbaum, Rachel Killian, Elyse Lorenz and Heather Sartorious.

Ladywood goalie Michelle Wyniemko, who made 10 saves, posted her second shutout of the season.

Regina falls to 5-7 overall and 3-7 in the MMGHSHL.

Ladywood starts 2007 with three wins, share of first
January 17, 2007 - Hockey Weekly
The Ladywood Blazers front loaded their schedule to start 2007 with three games in five nights, Jan. 4-8. That can be risky coming off the holiday layoff, due to gathering rust, especially when the competition includes some of the league’s best.

The games were at defending state champions Grosse Pointe South, followed by a home game with Division 1-leading Grosse Pointe North and then at the Division 2-leading Walled Lake Wild.

The results: 3-0 for the Blazers, six more points and a share of the Division 1 lead with Plymouth-Canton-Salem with identical 7-0-1 records, the tie coming against each other.

“We knew we had three big games to begin the New Year and we simply focused on one team at a time,” said Ladywood head coach Bruce Peck. “We had only beaten GPS once in the past nine years, so the girls were really up for the game. We came out quickly, scoring the first two goals and applying good pressure in the offensive zone. South came back and scored the next goal, but we answered back immediately to regain our two goal lead.”

The Blazers went on to an 8-1 win over the Lady Blue Devils. Senior captain Shami Entenman scored the lone goal for South, from Amanda Marsh and Annie Shepard. Senior captain Laura Szwed had three goals and three assists for Ladywood while Heather Sartorius also scored a hat trick.

“We played hard the rest of the game and I am very pleased with how well the offense is clicking,” said Peck. “Laura (Szwed) is playing the best hockey of her career, and she is really helping to ignite the offense. Prenella (Semma) is also doing a great job getting goals when we need them.”

Two nights later, Grosse Pointe North invaded the Arctic Pond as the league leaders, but again the Blazers responded, this time with a 6-3 win.

“We approached the GPN game as a big test for us,” Peck said. “We wanted to get up early and apply pressure with solid forechecking. We were able to score the first four goals with that strategy, but had a lapse toward the end of the second period, allowing North to get two goals.”

The Blazers took control once again in the third, though.

“We are well aware that they were without Kate Zemenick (North’s leading scorer) who is a game changer, so the next time we meet them it will be a battle,” Peck added.

Two nights later, the Blazers ended their five-night frenzy with a 9-2 win over the Wild.

“We came out flat against Walled Lake and allowed them to score the first goal,” Peck said. “Once the girls realized they needed to pick it up, they did. We were led by Prenella’s hat trick and the continued strong play of Heather Sartorius (two goals).
“The offense really seems to be clicking. We are getting some very good scoring output from our top two lines. We do need to pick things up defensively, and we realize that things are not going to get any easier. The team is playing well and having fun, but we realize that we have a lot to work on.”

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Ladywood beats South
The Grosse Pointe South Lady Blue Devils lost to Livonia Ladywood at the Arctic Pond 5-1 on January 13. South’s record becomes 5-5 with the loss, while Ladywood sits atop Division One with an 8-0-1 record.

The game was vastly different from South’s earlier contest with Ladywood. South’s offense came from Annie Shepard, who scored from Shami Entenman early in the third period. South played shorthanded for 16 minutes of the first two periods. Defensively, South performed well, permitting Ladywood only one even strength goal the entire game. Caroline Sweeny had 18 saves, and CJ Jarboe added a save in relief. Ladywood’s Prenella Semma (#18) was a constant threat, scoring an even strength and a powerplay goal. Brittany Holtz and Laura Szwed scored powerplay goals.

South’s next contest is hosting Liggett at City Thursday January 25 at 7:30 pm. ULS has a season record of 1-5 this year in Division Two. Then on Saturday Jan 27 they travel to Wallace for a game against the Cranbrook ‘Cranes at noon. The Cranes are having a good year as always, at 7-1 (their only loss to PCS) See ya at the rink; and GO LADY BLUE DEVILS!!

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LADYWOOD 5, G.P. SOUTH 1: Livonia Ladywood (8-0-1) in theMichigan Metro Girls Hockey School Hockey League triumph over visiting Grosse Pointe South (5-5,) at the Arctic Pond.

Laura Szwed also collected a pair of goals for the Blazers, who led 1-0 after one period and 2-0 after two periods.

Assists went to Rachel Killian (2), Brittney Holtz, Heather Sartorious, Angie Iafano and Maria Rotondo.

Jenna Huiting scored for the Blue Devils at 11:39 of the final period.

Ladywood goaltender Michelle Wyniemko stopped nine shots.

The Blazers had a total of 33 shots on goal.

 

Ladywood starts 2007 with three wins, share of first
January 17, 2007 - Hockey Weekly

The Ladywood Blazers front loaded their schedule to start 2007 with three games in five nights, Jan. 4-8. That can be risky coming off the holiday layoff, due to gathering rust, especially when the competition includes some of the league’s best.

The games were at defending state champions Grosse Pointe South, followed by a home game with Division 1-leading Grosse Pointe North and then at the Division 2-leading Walled Lake Wild.

The results: 3-0 for the Blazers, six more points and a share of the Division 1 lead with Plymouth-Canton-Salem with identical 7-0-1 records, the tie coming against each other.

“We knew we had three big games to begin the New Year and we simply focused on one team at a time,” said Ladywood head coach Bruce Peck. “We had only beaten GPS once in the past nine years, so the girls were really up for the game. We came out quickly, scoring the first two goals and applying good pressure in the offensive zone. South came back and scored the next goal, but we answered back immediately to regain our two goal lead.”

The Blazers went on to an 8-1 win over the Lady Blue Devils. Senior captain Shami Entenman scored the lone goal for South, from Amanda Marsh and Annie Shepard. Senior captain Laura Szwed had three goals and three assists for Ladywood while Heather Sartorius also scored a hat trick.

“We played hard the rest of the game and I am very pleased with how well the offense is clicking,” said Peck. “Laura (Szwed) is playing the best hockey of her career, and she is really helping to ignite the offense. Prenella (Semma) is also doing a great job getting goals when we need them.”

Two nights later, Grosse Pointe North invaded the Arctic Pond as the league leaders, but again the Blazers responded, this time with a 6-3 win.

“We approached the GPN game as a big test for us,” Peck said. “We wanted to get up early and apply pressure with solid forechecking. We were able to score the first four goals with that strategy, but had a lapse toward the end of the second period, allowing North to get two goals.”

The Blazers took control once again in the third, though.

“We are well aware that they were without Kate Zemenick (North’s leading scorer) who is a game changer, so the next time we meet them it will be a battle,” Peck added.

Two nights later, the Blazers ended their five-night frenzy with a 9-2 win over the Wild.

“We came out flat against Walled Lake and allowed them to score the first goal,” Peck said. “Once the girls realized they needed to pick it up, they did. We were led by Prenella’s hat trick and the continued strong play of Heather Sartorius (two goals).
“The offense really seems to be clicking. We are getting some very good scoring output from our top two lines. We do need to pick things up defensively, and we realize that things are not going to get any easier. The team is playing well and having fun, but we realize that we have a lot to work on.”

LADYWOOD 8, G.P. SOUTH 1: Hat tricks by Laura Szwed and Heather Sartorious carried Livonia Ladywood (5-0-1, 5-0-1) to a Michigan Metro Girls High School Hockey League victory over host Grosse Pointe South (4-3, 4-3) at Detroit's City Arena.

Szwed, who also collected three assists, ran her season goal total to 22.

Prenella Semma and Maria Rontondo also scored goals for the Blazers, who led 4-1 after one period and 6-1 after two periods.

Angie Iafano, Elyse Lorenz and Ashley Ballerin each added two assists.

Shami Entenman's first-period goal ruined the shutout bid by Ladywood netminder Michelle Wyniemko (19 saves)

Division One still crowded at the top

In Division One, Livonia Ladywood and Plymouth-Canton-Salem (PCS) are undefeated.

Ladywood's most recent victories came against Grosse Pointe South (8-1) and Grosse Pointe North (6-3).

"We really wanted to come out strong against South and play well," Ladywood head coach Bruce Peck said. "As I understand it, this was only Ladywood's second victory over South in our program's history. I don't want our girls getting overconfident because we haven't clinched anything yet."

The Blazers' top scorers are Laura Szwed, Prenella Semma, Heather Sartorius and Ashley Ballarin. Defensively, goalkeeper Michelle Wyniemko is on top of her game, thanks to the outstanding play of defensemen Angelia Iafano, Elise Sarwarski, Brittney Holtz, Jessica Payne and Abigail Kienbaum.

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One of PCS' most exciting games this season was a 5-5 tie with Livonia Ladywood, which currently sits fourth in the division with nine points (4-0-1). The Blazers' leading scorers are Laura Szwed and Prenella Semma.

"We blew a three-goal lead, which is disappointing," Ladywood head coach Bruce Peck said. "We haven't played many games, but overall I'm pleased with the girls. We should be in the battle for the division title if we can stay away from injuries."

 

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LADYWOOD 7, MERCY 2:

Laura Szwed continued her goal-scoring binge Saturday with a hat trick and two assists as host Livonia Ladywood (4-0-1, 4-0-1) downed Farmington Hills Mercy (2-4, 2-4) in a Michigan Metro High School Girls Hockey League game played at Plymouth's Arctic Pond.

The Blazers jumped out to a 5-1 first-period lead and extended their advantage to 7-2 after two periods.

Heather Sartorious contributed two goals and three assists, while Prenella Semma also scored twice. Kaitlin Gaule added an assist.

Jackie Buckley and Rebecca Guerriero scored for the Marlins.

Ladywood netminder Michelle Wyniemko made a total of 12 saves, while Mercy counterpart Ashlee Witkowski made 13 stops.

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Szwed’s six goals lead Ladywood past Northville
December 20, 2006 - Hockey Weekly
Ladywood senior center Laura Szwed had the magic touch Wednesday, Dec. 13 at Novi Ice Arena as most of the pucks she sent towards Northville’s net seemingly found their way over the goal line.

Szwed scored six goals in the the Blazers’ (2-0-1) 8-2 win.

The first “trick” was of the “natural” variety – three goals scored in a row in less than three minutes.

“Laura was flying,” said Ladywood head coach Bruck Peck. “That was one of her best games that I can remember in her four years. She had a total of 10 shots, so 60 percent is a pretty good scoring average.”

Szwed, the Michigan Metro Girls High School Hockey League’s leading scorer a year ago, led the league in goals and most points (29-15-44).

She opened the scoring at 3:58 of the first period. She followed that up with goals at 4:49 and 5:57.

If it wasn’t for the Mustangs’ Krysten Ruzylo taking the bull by the horns and scoring on a rush at 8:47, there’s no telling how many in a row Szwed could have scored. Prenella Semma scored the next Ladywood goal to end the first period 4-1.

The Mustangs played the Blazers almost even in the second period. After Szwed made it 5-1 at 1:14, both Northville (0-5-0) and Ladywood put on their defensive hats.

Danielle Hirka gave the Mustangs a glimmer of hope for a comeback, opening the third period with a goal at 1:08.

Szwed (at 6:37) and Semma (at 7:47) dashed those hopes, though, putting the game out of reach. Then Szwed put the exclamation mark on the night, completing her second hat trick with 1:52 to play.

“I thought we were a bit lazy and methodical,” Peck said. “It’s a good thing Laura and Prenella showed up ready to play. They definitely carried the offensive load.

“I was very impressed with how much Northville improved since we scrimmaged them a month ago. Bill (Holden, Northville head coach) and his coaching staff are doing a great job building up their fundamentals and positioning.”

Holden sited a couple of his players for a good game, Natasha Nemcek and Erin Hietala.

Of Nemcek, a senior playing her first year of varsity, Holden said: “I can’t say enough about her play this year. She is all over the ice. With both her speed and instinct for the puck, her impact has been immeasurable. Erin Hietala continues to be one of the team’s top players on defense. And, as a sophomore, she has been one of our leaders. Erin is one of the league’s best defensemen.”

Ladywood outshot the Mustangs 38-16 for the game and there were some players feeding Szwed and Semma those pucks for goals. Both Heather Sartorius and Angie Iafano recorded four assists and Maria Rotondo added a pair.

“Ladywood is right now the league’s best team,” said Holden. “They have multiple people who can score and have a goalie (Michelle Wyniemko) who is as good as any goalie in the league.”

Szwed’s six goals raised her three-game league scoring totals to 12 goals and four assists for 16 points and also raised the question as to whether the half-dozen tallies might be a single-game Ladywood school record. Peck coached 2004 Miss Hockey Mary Beth O’Dea, who tallied as many as five in a game, he said. Assistant coach Mark Curtin, who started the Blazers’ hockey program with Ron Predmesky 10 years ago, said Predmesky has the records but would not be able to go through them until he arrives in Michigan for the holidays. The league’s 2000 Miss Hockey, Katie O’Dea, tallied 56 goals and 22 assists that season in 22 games for Ladywood.

“Ron said Katie might have had a six-goal game,” Curtin said.

Ladywood’s Laura Szwed, who scored six goals against the Mustangs, heads up ice with Northville’s Abby Reichard.

PCS and Ladywood skate to 5-5 tie
December 13, 2006 - Hockey Weekly

Plymouth-Canton-Salem Unified and Ladywood showed why they are both championship contenders in a bruising, see-saw 5-5 tie at the Arctic Edge in Canton on Dec. 5.

Through 45 minutes of regulation and eight-minutes of overtime, both the home Penguins (3-0-1 and last year’s league runner-ups) and Blazers (1-0-1) enjoyed leads but in the end, their goalies made game saving stops to earn each team a point in the Michigan Metro Girls High School Hockey League standings.

Even fellow Division 1 coach Bill Holden of Northville said after watching the game: “This could be your championship match-up come March.”

The Pens began the evening as perfect hosts, letting their guests open with a 3-0 lead after one period on goals by newcomer Prenella Semma and two by Laura Szwed, the Blazers double shot of offense. Semma opened the scoring on a breakaway 1:30 into the game and the league’s leading scorer of a year ago, Szwed, netted her pair at 7:27 and 13:49.

All were even-strength goals.

“We are not used to playing from behind,” said PCS coach Eric Mink. “I give the girls a lot of credit coming back from 3-0.

“After the first period, I just told the girls to relax, have fun and play hockey. I told them that we were getting our chances, that there was a lot of game left and to shoot the puck and look for rebounds.”

And did they ever, outshooting the Blazers 13-7 in the period and outscoring them 4-0 for a 4-3 lead at the intermission for resurfacing.

Adrienne Cercone put the Pens on the board 53 seconds into the period, followed by a power-play marker from Nikki Songer (3:27), and back-to-back goals by Katie Zimmerman at 8:14 and 11:28.

“We really came out and played the first period the way we had planned,” said Ladywood coach Bruce Peck. “The girls were skating hard and we were capitalizing on our scoring opportunities.

“In the second period we got a little complacent, and PCS turned it up a few notches. We weren’t hustling as hard as we did in the first and we made some mental errors.”

The referees were pretty much letting the girls play, but early in the third whistled off Ladywood on a roughing call.

The Blazers fought that off and then went on the power play, after a checking call against PCS.

Defenseman Angelina Iafano found the net at 6:28 to tie it at 4-4.

Zimmerman, though, stole the puck three minutes later and completed her hat trick to regain the lead on a breakaway effort.

“Katie Zimmerman put on a showcase tonight,” said Mink. “She used her speed and moves to complete a natural hat trick and also assist on a goal to show why she is one of the top players in the league. She does it night after night, no matter what opponent we face.”

With last year’s first team All-State goalie Kristie Kowalski in goal, the Pens thought the lead was safe, but Ladywood defenseman Abigail Kienbaum moved in from the point to jam in a rebound with 1:20 to play.

“In the third period, we came out knowing the game was within our reach and we played hard throughout the period,” said Peck. “There was quite a bit of fighting and scrapping going on and it was a very exciting period. We had a couple of scoring chances in the OT, but Kowalski made a couple of big saves.

“The girls showed me that they have a lot of heart as they persevered throughout the game. It was an emotionally and physically draining game, but a lot was learned I am sure by both sides.”

The shot totals for the game had the Penguins leading 29-25, but the Blazers led in the extra session, 5-3.

“Kristie was a little disappointed in her performance,” said Mink. “However, after the first period, I thought she played pretty well. She made some very timely saves, including one with the knob of her stick that kept us in the game and some key stops in overtime.

“My hat’s off to their goalie as well (Michelle Wyniemko). Even though she also gave up five goals, she made a number of nice saves to keep the game close. I give credit to both goalies. Seeing the likes of Zimmerman, Szwed and Semma breaking in on you is probably a little nerve-racking for them.”

Mink also praised his newcomers, forward Songer and defenseman Hauna Siebert.

“Songer and Zimmerman complemented each other well assisting on each others goals,” he said. “Siebert used her speed to thwart a number of Ladywood rushes.”

The two teams will meet again Jan. 27 at the Arctic Pond in Plymouth.

 

While PCS’s Katie Zimmerman bagged a hat trick in the 5-5 tie with Ladywood, Blazers’ goalie Michelle Wyniemko made the save on this Zimmerman breakaway with Laura Szwed of Ladywood coming back to help.

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Originally published December 17, 2006

6-shooter

As Jackie Gleason used to say, "How Szwed it is.''

A six-goal performance Wednesday night by Livonia Ladywood senior Laura Szwed carried the Blazers to an 8-2 Michigan Metro Girls High School Hockey League triumph over host Northville at the Novi Ice Arena.

Szwed scored a natural hat trick during the first period as the Blazers jumped out to a 4-1 lead.

"Laura was really flying tonight, she had a good game and really ignited us,'' Ladywood coach Bruce Peck said.

Prenella Semma added two goals for the victorious Blazers, who improved to 2-0-1 overall and 2-0-1 in the league.

Defenseman Angie Iafano and Szwed's linemate Heather Sartorius each collected four assists. Other assists went to Maria Rotondo (2), Rachel Killian, Abby Kienbaum and Elise Sarwarski.

Keysten Ruzylo and Danielle Hicka each collected a goal for the Mustangs (1-4, 1-4).

Ladywood goaltender Michelle Wyniemko made 14 saves.

LADYWOOD 4, ANN ARBOR 1: Livonia Ladywood (3-0-1, 3-0-1) needed three third-period goals Friday to beat host Ann Arbor Unified (3-3, 3-3) at the University of Michigan's Yost Arena in Michigan Metro High School Girls Hockey League action.

Ann Arbor's first-team All-State goaltender Clarice Grantham made a total of 28 saves.

Laura Szwed scored twice for the Blazers, including an empty-netter.

Maria Rotono and Prenella Semma added goals as Ladywood broke a 1-all third-period deadlock with three unanswered goals.

Goalie Michelle Wyniemko made 16 saves in the victory for the Blazers.

Ladywood faced off Saturday against Farmington Hills Mercy at Plymouth's Arctic Pond.

 

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Originally published November 12, 2006

Meanwhile, Livonia Ladywood (18-6-2) could be a force to be reckoned with in Tier I of the Michigan Metro Girls High School Hockey League.

Fifth-year coach Bruce Peck lost just three seniors to graduation, but returns first-team All-State forward Laura Szwed, a senior who scored 29 goals and added 15 assists. She is joined on a line that includes junior holdovers Heather Sartorius and Ashley Ballarin.

The defense is led by second-team All-State defenseman Brittney Holtz, a senior, along with Angie Iafano, another senior.

Junior goaltender Michelle Wyniemko also returns as a starter.

The Blazers open their season 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2 at the Arctic Pond against Bloomfield.

"We don't have a lot of depth,'' Peck said. "That's my concern going into the season. We have two solid lines and two sets of solid defensemen. But if we get any injuries, we're going to be hurting.

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LIVONIA LADYWOOD

Head coach: Bruce Peck, fifth year.

League affiliation: Michigan Metro Girls High School Hockey League (Tier I).

Last year's overall record: 18-6-2.

Titles won last year: Catholic League champions.

Notable losses to graduation: Danielle Foley, Jenna MacDonell, Brittany Andrews.

Leading returnees: Laura Szwed, Sr. F (first-team All-State, captain); Brittney Holtz, Sr. Def. (second-team All-State, captain); Angie Iafano, Sr. Def. (captain); Heather Sartorius, Jr. F; Rachel Killian, Sr. F; Michelle Wyniemko, Jr. G; Ashley Ballarin, Jr. F.

Promising newcomers: Prenella Semma, Jr. F.

Peck's 2006-07 outlook: "We were runner-up in our division last year to Plymouth-Canton-Salem. The way it's set up play this year is that we face Tier I two times, and Tier II one time. The schedule is going to be harder this year, but we have a strong team.

"(Laura) Szwed is looking strong and she's going to be playing in college, it's just a matter of where. It's her third year as captain and fourth year on the team. She had 29 goals and 15 assists just in league games last year.

"Heather (Sartorius) and Ashley (Ballarin) will join her again on the same line.

"This is Michelle's (Wyniemko) third-year starting. If she has a good season, our chance of having a good season is strong.''

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November 22, 2006 - Hockey Weekly
LADYWOOD BLAZERS

2005-06 RECORD: 13-4-1, 4th place with 27 points; GF- 92, GA- 27

HEAD COACH: Bruce Peck; ASSISTANTS: Mark Curtin, Joy Troczynski

HOME RINK: Arctic Pond, Plymouth

ROSTER: Forwards – Ashley Ballarin (JR), Kaitlin Gaule (FR), Rachel Killian (SR), Elyse Lorenz (JR), Maria Rotondo (JR), Heather Sartorius (JR), Prenella Semma (JR), Capt. Laura Szwed (SR). Defense – Capt. Brittney Holtz (SR), Capt. Angie Iafano (SR), Abby Kienbaum (JR), Jessica Payne (JR), Elise Sarwarski (JR). Goalie – Michelle Wyniemko (JR).

OUTLOOK: The Blazers’ strength this season will be their experience and balance.

“We have two solid forward lines and two very capable defensive pairs,” said head coach Bruce Peck, entering his fifth season at the helm of Ladywood. “We also return our starting goalie from the past two seasons. Our tri-captains return from last year and should provide some key leadership.” Peck said, on the other hand, the team’s weakness this year lies in the fact that it only has 14 players.

“We don’t have a lot of depth and can’t afford any key injuries,” he said. “We are excited to have back all-state players and captains Laura Szwed (forward) and Brittney Holtz (defense). Also returning at defense is the third of our captains Angie Iafano.

Others returning and playing key roles at forward are Heather Sartorious, Rachel Killian, and Ashley Ballarin.

Abby Kienbaum is moving back to defense after playing two years at forward.

“Her transition is going very well and should allow us some flexibility back on the blue line,” said Peck. “New to the team and expected to make a big impact in the league is junior Prenella Semma. She comes from Travel hockey and should add some scoring to the offense. Junior Michelle Wyniemko is expected to provide some solid goaltending as she returns for her third year on the team.”

Wyniemko’s goals against went down from 47 two seasons ago to 27 last season.

Peck is joined on the bench by Mark Curtin (who helped found the team nine years ago) and Joy Troczynski (an ’04 Ladywood graduate).

Ladywood senior Laura Szwed was the league’s leading scorer last year (29-15-44).

Michigan Metro Girl's League season starts now

By Bob St. John

New coaches, division realignment highlight new high school season
Seniors Laura Szwed of Livonia Ladywood, Clarice Grantham of Ann Arbor Unified and Monique Squiers of University Liggett School are three stars ready to make a difference for their respective teams into the 2006-07 Michigan Metro Girls High School Hockey League.

“We expect Laura to lead us, but this year she will not be counted on to be our everything player since we’re a more balanced team,” Ladywood head coach Bruce Peck said.

Last year, Szwed finished first in the league scoring race ahead of Grosse Pointe South’s Ali Morawski and Amanda Marsh, netting 29 goals and 15 assists for 44 points.

“I hope to win the scoring title this season, but I’m not going to go out of our game plan to do it,” said Szwed, the Blazers’ captain. “It’s exciting to be the captain and it’s my role as a team leader to help us get focused for each game. We have a chance for a special season and I know I have to play well for us to be a better team than last year.”

Szwed, who carries a 3.4 grade point average, is entering her fourth season as a member of Ladywood’s varsity girl’s team. She is a favorite to win the scoring crown this year. And with Szwed leading the way, Ladywood will find itself in the thick of the title chase.

“Laura is our captain,” Beck said. “I expect her to step up and take a leadership role, leading by example. I know she realizes this, and it doesn’t seem to bother her.”

The all-state first team forward is anticipating playing hockey at the collegiate level next year at a Division III school.

“I’m not sure where I’ll play, but I definitely want to play college hockey,” Szwed said.

Everyone in my family plays hockey and I’m continuing that tradition.”

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GIRLS HOCKEY
Blazers get late goal to tie nemesis Penguins

BY BRAD EMONS
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Despite watching a 3-0 first-period lead evaporate, Livonia Ladywood girls hockey coach Bruce Peck had a lot to be happy about in Tuesday's 5-5 deadlock with host Plymouth-Canton-Salem at the Arctic Edge.

"This was a test for us and I consider it a passing grade, it was a crazy game," said Peck, whose team lost to state runner-up P-C-S twice last season. "This was only our second game and it was their fourth. We haven't had time to jell. We've had a lot of practices, but not many games."

Ladywood is 1-0-1 in the Michigan Metro Girls High School Hockey League, while the Penguins are 3-0-1.

After the Blazers got up by three goals, P-C-S stormed back with four unanswered goals in the second period for a 4-3 advantage.

The Penguins enjoyed a 5-4 lead late in the third period when Ladywood's Abby Kienbaum knotted the count with only 1:20 left on assists from Prenella Semma and Maria Rotondo.

"We dominated the first period and they dominated the second period," Peck said. "We don't have a lot of depth and we got tired.

"But the third period we did not give up. We kept fighting."

Katie Zimmerman paced P-C-S with three goals and one assist. Nikki Songer added one goal and one assist, while Adrienne Cercone scored the other goal.

Laura Szwed led Ladywood with two goals and one assist. Angie Iafano, Semma and Kienbaum each added one goal and one assist. Heather Sartorious and Rotondo contributed two assists apiece.

Ladywood goalie Michelle Wyniemko made 26 saves, while the Penguins' Kristi Kowalski stopped 20 shots.

LADYWOOD 16, BLOOMFIELD 0: Senior Laura Szwed had four goals and three assists, while junior Prenella Semma also scored four times as Livonia Ladywood (1-0, 1-0) opened its season Saturday night with a bang, taking just two periods to mercy Bloomfield Unified (0-3, 0-3) in a league game a the Arctic Pond in Plymouth.

The Blazers scored eight times each in the first and second periods.

Freshman Kaitlin Gaule contributed two goals, while Angie Iafano, Abby Kienbaum, Rachel Killian, Maria Rotondo, Brittney Holtz and Heather Sartorious added one apiece.

Sartorious also had three assists, while Killian chipped in with three.

Ladywood netminder Michelle Wyniemko had to make just one save.

"Bloomfield had plenty of girls, but not a lot of experience," Ladywood coach Bruce Peck said.

 

PCS and Ladywood skate to 5-5 tie
December 13, 2006 - Hockey Weekly


Plymouth-Canton-Salem Unified and Ladywood showed why they are both championship contenders in a bruising, see-saw 5-5 tie at the Arctic Edge in Canton on Dec. 5.

Through 45 minutes of regulation and eight-minutes of overtime, both the home Penguins (3-0-1 and last year’s league runner-ups) and Blazers (1-0-1) enjoyed leads but in the end, their goalies made game saving stops to earn each team a point in the Michigan Metro Girls High School Hockey League standings.

Even fellow Division 1 coach Bill Holden of Northville said after watching the game: “This could be your championship match-up come March.”

The Pens began the evening as perfect hosts, letting their guests open with a 3-0 lead after one period on goals by newcomer Prenella Semma and two by Laura Szwed, the Blazers double shot of offense. Semma opened the scoring on a breakaway 1:30 into the game and the league’s leading scorer of a year ago, Szwed, netted her pair at 7:27 and 13:49.

All were even-strength goals.

“We are not used to playing from behind,” said PCS coach Eric Mink. “I give the girls a lot of credit coming back from 3-0.

“After the first period, I just told the girls to relax, have fun and play hockey. I told them that we were getting our chances, that there was a lot of game left and to shoot the puck and look for rebounds.”

And did they ever, outshooting the Blazers 13-7 in the period and outscoring them 4-0 for a 4-3 lead at the intermission for resurfacing.

Adrienne Cercone put the Pens on the board 53 seconds into the period, followed by a power-play marker from Nikki Songer (3:27), and back-to-back goals by Katie Zimmerman at 8:14 and 11:28.

“We really came out and played the first period the way we had planned,” said Ladywood coach Bruce Peck. “The girls were skating hard and we were capitalizing on our scoring opportunities.

“In the second period we got a little complacent, and PCS turned it up a few notches. We weren’t hustling as hard as we did in the first and we made some mental errors.”

The referees were pretty much letting the girls play, but early in the third whistled off Ladywood on a roughing call.

The Blazers fought that off and then went on the power play, after a checking call against PCS.

Defenseman Angelina Iafano found the net at 6:28 to tie it at 4-4.

Zimmerman, though, stole the puck three minutes later and completed her hat trick to regain the lead on a breakaway effort.

“Katie Zimmerman put on a showcase tonight,” said Mink. “She used her speed and moves to complete a natural hat trick and also assist on a goal to show why she is one of the top players in the league. She does it night after night, no matter what opponent we face.”

With last year’s first team All-State goalie Kristie Kowalski in goal, the Pens thought the lead was safe, but Ladywood defenseman Abigail Kienbaum moved in from the point to jam in a rebound with 1:20 to play.

“In the third period, we came out knowing the game was within our reach and we played hard throughout the period,” said Peck. “There was quite a bit of fighting and scrapping going on and it was a very exciting period. We had a couple of scoring chances in the OT, but Kowalski made a couple of big saves.

“The girls showed me that they have a lot of heart as they persevered throughout the game. It was an emotionally and physically draining game, but a lot was learned I am sure by both sides.”

The shot totals for the game had the Penguins leading 29-25, but the Blazers led in the extra session, 5-3.

“Kristie was a little disappointed in her performance,” said Mink. “However, after the first period, I thought she played pretty well. She made some very timely saves, including one with the knob of her stick that kept us in the game and some key stops in overtime.

“My hat’s off to their goalie as well (Michelle Wyniemko). Even though she also gave up five goals, she made a number of nice saves to keep the game close. I give credit to both goalies. Seeing the likes of Zimmerman, Szwed and Semma breaking in on you is probably a little nerve-racking for them.”

Mink also praised his newcomers, forward Songer and defenseman Hauna Siebert.

“Songer and Zimmerman complemented each other well assisting on each others goals,” he said. “Siebert used her speed to thwart a number of Ladywood rushes.”
The two teams will meet again Jan. 27 at the Arctic Pond in Plymouth.


Thirteen-team circuit has new coaches and new division alignment

Race for new division titles should be good

The Michigan Metro Girls High School Hockey League is in full swing as the holiday season approaches.

Grosse Pointe South reclaimed the state championship last spring, beating Plymouth-Canton-Salem (PCS) 5-1 in the title game. Last season’s co-scoring champion Amanda Marsh of Grosse Pointe South returns, along with Livonia Ladywood’s Laura Szwed, who finished one point behind in the scoring race.

The divisions have been realigned with Division Two consisting of Bloomfield United, Port Huron, Harper Woods Regina, Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett School, Walled Lake and Mercy Unified.

Division One now consists of Ann Arbor Unified, Ladywood, South, Grosse Pointe North, Northville, Ladywood and Plymouth Canton-Salem.

Division foes face off twice during the regular season and each team will play the other division squads once.

Below is an alphabetical team-by-team breakdown of the 13 league squads:

Editors note** Michigan hockey incorrectly list Szwed as second in scoring leaders Hockey weekly shows the true stat CLICK HERE

Livonia Ladywood

Nickname: Blazers
Head coach: Bruce Peck
Last year: 13-4-1 (second place in the West Division); lost 4-2 to Cranbrook Kingswood in state quarterfinals.
Top returning players: Senior Laura Szwed, an all-state first team forward, finished only one point out of the scoring title, netting 44 points. Others to watch are Michelle Wyniemkio, Elyse Lorentz, Anelina Iafano, Maria Rotondo, Heather Sartorius, Elise Sarwarski, Ashley Ballarin, Brittney Holtz, Rachel Killian, Abigail Kienbaum and newcomer Prenella Semma, who played travel hockey for several years.
Coach’s comments: “We’re hoping to do better than last year,” Peck said. “If we need to score a ton of goals, we can, and we can also win a grind it out defensive game. “I like the versatility of our players, including our newcomer Prenella Semma. She will hopefully take some pressure off Laura (Szwed) to score goals for us.”
Ladywood opens its season Dec. 2 against Bloomfield Hills.

Race for new division titles should be good

The Michigan Metro Girls High School Hockey League is in full swing as the holiday season approaches.

Grosse Pointe South reclaimed the state championship last spring, beating Plymouth-Canton-Salem (PCS) 5-1 in the title game. Last season’s co-scoring champion Amanda Marsh of Grosse Pointe South returns, along with Livonia Ladywood’s Laura Szwed, who finished one point behind in the scoring race.

The divisions have been realigned with Division Two consisting of Bloomfield United, Port Huron, Harper Woods Regina, Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett School, Walled Lake and Mercy Unified.

Division One now consists of Ann Arbor Unified, Ladywood, South, Grosse Pointe North, Northville, Ladywood and Plymouth Canton-Salem.

Division foes face off twice during the regular season and each team will play the other division squads once.

Scroll down ( and I mean way down ) to the bottom of this page for Video highlights of the 2006-2007 season.






 

 

 

The Ladywood Blazers and Laura Szwed 2006-2007 season! The Final Count Down.....It's offical.....Laura has committed to Castleton State College in Vermont

Laura Szwed has completed her fourth year of Ladywood hockey.The third year as captain

The 2006-2007 League leading scorer

 

 

As of September 2008 laura has transferred to Castleton State College in Vermont. This website had not updated this info until 12/05/08. Click the college link for more details.

 

 

Videos from the 2006-2007 season

If in the past you have encountered broken links. Check back as the links have been uploaded again.The dot.com bust has hit our video files. We will be uploading new files.

State Semi Final Playoffs Against Cranbrook 3/8/07 ( The Last game of High School )

State Playoffs Against Grosse Pointe North 3/5/07

Port Huron Rebels 2/19/07

The Catholic League Championship 2/17/07

Regina 8-0 win 1/20/07

Grosse Pointe South 1/13/07 War Declared

Grosse Pointe North 1/6/2007

Grosse Pointe South 1/4/07

The Mercy Moose 12/16/06

Ann Arbor Pioneers 12/15/06

Northville 8-2 win ( Guess who got 6 goals )

Plymouth Canton Salem 5-5 tie 12/5/2006

Bloomfield Hills 12/02/06

The Game against Cranbrook 11/15/06 NEW

The first Game of the season against Northville 11/11/06

The Last Fall Hockey Game against Victory Honda (NEW)

Fall Hockey

Chicago Showcase

Wayne State and Team Detroit