Police Cadets win two of three at 24th annual Marquette Holiday Invitational

MARQUETTE – The Marquette Police Cadet Squirt B youth hockey team won two of three games at the 24th annual Marquette Holiday Invitational.

The Cadets defeated Copper Country McDonald’s, 8-2, and Newberry Lightning, 4-3, while falling to Iron River Ice Hawks, 10-8.

Coach Tim Blemberg’s team got goals from Chase Bourdeau, Tommy Blemberg, Jack Burzynski, Talon Bohn and Austin Ridl against McDonald’s, with those getting assists including Ben Gostomski and Ethan Richards.

In the one-goal win over Newberry, Blemberg, Ridl and Chase Seger scored, while vs. Iron River, Burzynski notched a hat trick with Bourdeau, Ridl, Blemberg and Julian Greason also getting goals. Seger had a three-assist playmaker in the IR game.

The Police Cadets also tied 5-5 and lost 3-2 in Escanaba to U.P. State Bank.

Tommy Blemberg scored twice in each game, while Greason, Burzynski and Bourdeau added goals in the tie as Zane Phillips worked the net for Marquette in both games.

Hockey Central splits

MARQUETTE – Marquette Hockey Central split its four games at the 24th annual Marquette/Iron Range Holiday youth hockey tournament held Dec. 27-29.

HC opened with a 5-3 win over Negaunee KG ReMax as Jon Jason scored all five Marquette goals and Ander Sorenson had a hat trick for Negaunee. Soren Higgins made 11 saves for the winners while Nolan Corwin accounted for 13 stops for Negaunee.

Hockey Central doubled up Marquette McDonald’s 4-2 on Friday as Collin Fure, Brendan McCoy and Karsten Kamps each had a goal and an assist, while Jason also scored. Elliot Samppala scored both McDonald’s goals as Hunter Whitaker had an assist. Higgins made 19 saves and Braden Golisek had 18 for McDonald’s.

Houghton Auto Pro defeated HC 5-3 on Saturday morning as Gaetano Cammarata scored twice and Jason had a goal and two assists. Braedyn Locke and Russ Modell each had assists as Higgins made 13 saves.

Fure scored the lone goal in Marquette’s 6-1 loss to Iron Mountain on Saturday afternoon as Higgins made 16 saves.

In Cup League play the day before the tourney began, HC blitzed Peninsula State Bank of Munising, 11-0. Jason had four goals and two assists, Kamps two goals and four assists, McCoy four assists, Fure three goals, David Storm a goal and two assists and Tim Muladore a goal and an assist. Higgins made three saves while Ryan Pond stopped 27 shots for Munising.

Legion Bantams go 1-1-1

MARQUETTE – The American Legion Bantam AA youth hockey team of Marquette recorded a win, loss and tie against the Gamblers AAA Major team in Green Bay, Wis., last weekend.

The Legion is 16-19-7 overall and 5-1-2 in the Northern International Hockey League, good for second place.

Green Bay scored a 9-2 win in the opener as Spencer DenBeste scored both Marquette goals on power plays, unassisted early in the second period and assisted by Alister Henderson and Branden Campbell midway through the third.

“This was obviously not the way we wanted to start the second half of the year, but after taking six days off for break, we weren’t ready to play,” Legion coach Brian Nebel said.

The Gamblers scored twice on the power play and once shorthanded as Jack Eyler made 36 saves for Marquette and Brendan Chapman-Jacobs had 21 stops for Green Bay.

Chris LeMire’s second goal of the game with just a few minutes to go forged a 3-3 tie in the middle game. Campbell scored on a power play less than six minutes into the game to tie the score after GB took the lead just 12 seconds in.

LeMire then made it 2-1 late in the first on another power-play marker. The Legion kept that lead until Green Bay scored twice in 70 seconds just a few minutes before LeMire forced the tie.

Assists were credited to Kyle Lane, Alister Henderson, Ben Cole and Tristan Ashbrook as Legion teammate Travis Cameron made 27 saves and David Fessenden had 28 for the Gamblers.

“This was a much better game and effort,” Nebel said. “We slowed them down, limited the sho, kept our turnovers down and stayed out of the (penalty) box, all things you have to control against a team of this caliber.”

Marquette ended on a high note with a 5-2 win even though it didn’t take its first lead until early in the third period.

Nick Bink score two goals, the first tying the game 1-1 in the middle of the second period and the other on a power player as time was running down.

Trailing 2-1 entering the final period, Ashbrook, Henderson and Lane scored three straight goals in the first 13 minutes of the third, two coming on power plays.

DenBeste had two assists, while LeMire, Bink, Ashbrook, Shane Ring and Donny Schultz also notched one.

Cameron stopped 26 GB shots as Chapman-Jacobs made 15 saves.

“Again we did the things we needed to do against a very good team, and (the Gamblers) really started to get frustrated and take bad penalties while our guys played it smart.

“Travis really stepped his game up in net.”

mBank girls go 3-0-1

MARQUETTE – Andrea Olson had a last-second save as she was one of three goalies that helped the Marquette mBank girls hockey team win three times and tie on Dec. 29-30.

Olson was joined by Lexi Guidebeck and Libbie Doney as mBank beat Copper Country 3-2 and tied 2-2 on Saturday, then defeated Iron River 4-1 and 3-2 on Sunday.

Alex Paquette was Marquette’s top scorer, notching three goals and an assist, while Brooke Swajanen had two goals and two assists and Taylor Swajanen three assists.

City Insurance wins two

MARQUETTE – The Marquette City Insurance Sentinels Pee Wee AA youth hockey team won twice in a five-game weekend at the 16-team Paul Bunyan International Hockey Tournament in Bemidji, Minn.

The Sentinels, now with a 29-11-1 record, opened with a 6-2 win over host Bemidji 6-2 Daunte Fortner and Nate Bordson each had hat tricks. Tanner Phillips had two assists; Alec Beauchamp, Alec Olivier and Ted Hoenke had one each; and Dylan Sibilsky made 23 saves.

Marquette lost its next two games, 9-2 to Andover and 9-3 to Grand Forks, as Fortner scored twice and Bordson and Hoenke had single goals. Bordson also had two assists as Tyler Bergwall made 22 saves vs. Andover and Sibilsky 18 against Grand Forks.

The Sentinels couldn’t generate quite enough offense and lost its next game, 10-7, to Virginia, Minn. Bordson scored four times, Fortner twice and Luke Beerman once. Carter Peterson was among those with assists as Bergwall split goaltending duties and each made 22 saves.

City Insurance closed the tourney with a 6-1 win over Rogers as Sibilsky made 23 saves for a solid win in net. Bordson scored twice, while Beerman, Fortner, Kobie Guidebeck and Sean O’Connor rounded out the scoring.

Togo’s wins three of four

MARQUETTE – The Togo’s 18-Under Midgets youth hockey team lost its first game of the season, but still managed three wins during the weekend preceding Christmas.

The Marquette-based team improved to 10-1 overall and 5-1 in Central Upper Peninsula Hockey League games.

On Dec. 22, Togo’s swept the Copper Country team in Houghton, 9-5 and 9-4.

Torrey Boyak posted a hat trick and playmaker in the nightcap and finished the day with nine points.

Togo’s returned home to face a physical Ontonagon team at Lakeview Arena on Dec. 23. Several Marquette players were injured, though only one didn’t return in the same game.

In an opening 6-3 win, Boyak and teammates Jacob Roemer, Bill Mullet, Jacob Kolinsky, Alex Baker and Noah Paquette scored, while those getting assists included Connor Remsburg, Collin Rajala, Cote Marshall and Joseph Knight.

Marquette goalie Adam Dollar was injured in Game 2, but he stayed in and made 32 saves in the Togo’s 5-3 loss.

Mullet scored twice and Hayden Rogers once, with Noah Paquette among those getting assists.

Maki stops 54 shots

MARQUETTE – Preston Maki stopped 54 shots to help the Marquette TriMedia Squirt Sentinels pull out the opening game, 5-4, of a four-game series at the Green Bay, Wis., Gamblers on Dec. 22-23.

Brayden Stannard supported his goalie by scoring four goals, while Jacob Peterson added the other and notched a three-assist playmaker. Teammate Hogan Nemetz had two assists, while Cooper Anderson and Andrew Fedrizzi had one each.

The Gamblers turned the tables in the next game, winning by the same 5-4 count. Maki made 39 saves in this game, while Stannard put in two unassisted goals and Fedrizzi and Nemetz had one score each as Joseph Luke had an assist.

Green Bay built momentum in later games, winning 9-1 and 8-3 as Maki and Carsen Hayes split netminding duties and combined for 86 saves.

Peterson had one goal in Game 3 and two more in Game 4, while Stannard added a goal and two assists and Ethan Sellers an assist in the final game.