Legion Bantams sweep Houghton-Hancock

MARQUETTE – Marquette’s American Legion Bantam AA youth hockey team swept a pair of home games from Houghton-Hancock on Jan. 12-13.

Eight players scored at least one goal and 14 had assists as the Legion team won 4-1 and 6-2 at Lakeview Arena to improve its record to 20-21-7.

“This was our first weekend in over two months where we had everybody dressed and healthy to play,” Marquette coach Brian Nebel said. “Our penalty killing was really good, but we have to have more discipline. Against a stronger team that could mean the difference.”

The Legion killed 14 of 15 power-play chances over the two games while only having seven of their own, though netting two goals out of them. In the 4-1 victory, the Legion’s Nick Bink broke a scoreless tie not quite five minutes into the second period. Kristian Jackson, who assisted on that goal, then added two of his own 43 seconds apart early in the third period to put the game out of reach.

The visitors got their only goal on a power play a few minutes later, but Marquette’s Tristan Ashbrook canceled it out with a shorthanded tally near the midpoint of the third.

Spencer DenBeste finished with two assists, while Ben Cole, Nick Bink and Justin Hendrickson were among those with one assist.

Each goalie – the Legion’s Jack Eyler and Houghton’s Dawson Kero – had 17 saves.

In the follow-up 6-2 win, Chris LeMire scored goals in the second and third periods as Marquette erased an early 1-0 deficit.

Donny Schultz scored the game-tying goal 4:26 into the second period, while Joe Phillips, who assisted on the initial goal, added one of his own on a 5-on-3 power play less than four minutes later to make it 2-1.

LeMire, Caden Paquette, DenBeste and LeMire again made it 6-1 before 6 minutes had elapsed in the third period to make a late Houghton goal meaningless.

Bink had two assists, while Schultz, Ryan Morrissey, Justin Moyle, Shane Ring, Justin Hendrickson and Hunter Doucette were among the Legion players with an assist.

Despite Marquette being outshot 28-23, Legion goalie got the win by stopping 26 shots as Kero had 17 saves.

Next up for the Legion team is a three-game series on Saturday and Sunday in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, to play that city’s Bantam AAA team.

U14 girls win, tie

The Marquette Wells Fargo girls Under-14 team tied 2-2 and won 3-1 on a trip to play the Green Bay, Wis., Bobcats on Jan. 12-13.

In the opening tie, Lexi Anderson scored both Marquette goals with assists going to Julia Johnson and Hannah Swajanen.

The winning goals came off the sticks of Ashlyn Steer, Kailey Godfrey and Lexi White. Assists were credited to Johnson and Kara Salo as Godfrey’s tally was unassisted.

Briana Holman totaled 33 saves over the two games for Wells Fargo.

Sentinels go 1-2-1

The City Insurance Sentinels Pee Wee AA team of Marquette recorded a win and tie in four games at the Colder By the Lake Tournament in Superior, Wis., the weekend of Jan. 12-13.

Marquette (34-13-2) tied its opener, 3-3, against Duluth Denfeld. Nate Bordson led the Sentinels with two goals and an assist, while Tanner Phillips scored and Alec Beauchamp had an assist. Tyler Bergwall made 37 saves in the Marquette net.

The Sentinels lost to host Superior, 7-1, as Bordson scored an unassisted goal and Dylan Sibilsky made 24 stops.

On the second day, City Insurance blitzed Duluth East 8-3 as Bordson notched a three-goal hat trick, Daunte Fortner had two and Phillips, Luke Beerman and Sean O’Connor got one goal apiece.

Phillips had three assists, Ethan Jones two and Bordson, Nick Leafers and Carter Peterson one each as Bergwall made 27 stops.

In the final game, Marquette lost to Superior again, 5-2, as Beerman knocked in both goals with Kobie Guidebeck and Reece Fortner assisting. Sibilsky made 34 saves.

The Sentinels host Eagle River, Wis., this weekend.