Tough ‘D’ thwarts Redmen

MARQUETTE – Midland clamped down on its defense, allowing Marquette just 14 shots on goal as the Chemics scored a 3-2 victory over the Redmen in a high school hockey game played at Lakeview Arena on Saturday afternoon.

“I take my hat off to how they played us,” MSHS coach Mike L’Huillier said. “They bottled us up, we cycled and cycled the puck around, but we couldn’t get any quality shots.”

At least not later in the game, since the Redmen actually led 2-0 before Midland came back.

Junior McKinley Larson scored just past the midpoint of the first period on a goal assisted by junior Justin Cain, then sophomore Luke Schwemin made it 2-0 in the second period as senior Cam Place and sophomore Scott Frazier earned assists.

Midland scored a power-play goal later in the second, tying it on a 5-on-3 power play about halfway through the final period.

“We lost some of our composure when we retaliated after our goalie was hit,” L’Huillier said about the two-man disadvantage.

“This is another learning experience for our guys, and I’m optimistic they’ll put things together down the road.”

The Chemics got the game winner with about five minutes to go when an MSHS defensemen fell and a Midland skater was able to bring it up the boards and deked Redmen goalie Evan Kyle as he skated in alone.

L’Huillier pulled Kyle for an extra attacker with a little more than two minutes to go, but was forced to replace him when a penalty was quickly called on the Redmen. He went back to the extra attacker to even up the skater in the final minute, however, getting some pressure but not enough to force overtime.