Bulldogs maul Marquette for first-ever mercy-rule win against Redmen

HANCOCK – Behold the rejuvenating power of a little rest.

After more than a week off, Hancock beat Kingsford Tuesday, then thanks to school canceled Friday, the Bulldogs thumped Marquette 10-2 Friday with the game ending on the eight-goal mercy rule just 1:57 into the third period.

HCHS junior Brett Lepisto had four goals and two assists, completing a hat trick during a Marquette major penalty in the second. Six of Hancock’s 10 tallies came on the power play.

MSHS?went up 1-0 on McKinley Larson power-play goal 5:49 in.

Just over a minute later, Marquette took its first penalty, then Hancock’s Alex Hill skated in from the right circle and went top-shelf over goalie Ethan Wiese, who finished with 21 saves.

Lepisto banged his first of the game in from in close to give Hancock the lead for good at the 12-minute mark.

Rebound goals were a theme for Lepisto and Marquette (2-10).

“The No. 1 key was too many rebounds and also, we weren’t clearing out in front of the net. You can’t leave guys in front of the net to take three, four shots without being touched,” MSHS coach Mike L’Huillier said.