Legion clinches share of NIHL title
MARQUETTE – Winning three of four games on the road Jan. 25-27 brought the Marquette American Legion Bantam AA hockey team at least a share of the NIHL title.
Coach Brian Nebel’s skaters lost to Mackinaw City, 5-2, before beating Alpena twice, 7-1 and 3-2, and then getting the best of Mackinaw City, 3-1.
Against Mackinaw City Jan. 35, Legion got goals from Tristan Ashbrook and Joe Phillips, but it wasn’t enough as the winners erased a 2-1 deficit with four unanswered goals.
Kristian Jackson, Ben Cole, Hunter Doucette and Donny Schultz recorded assists for Marquette, while goaltender Jack Eyler made 35 stops.
In the 7-1 triumph over host Alpena, Spencer DenBeste notched two goals to pace Marquette. Also recording markers were Jackson, Branden Campbell, Shane Ring, Schultz and Alister Henderson.
Picking up helpers were Campbell, Ashbrook (2), Doucette, Cole, Aydin Frost, Justin Moyle, Phillips and Justin Hendrickson.
Travis Cameron came up with 20 saves for Legion.
In the 3-2 Marquette win over Alpena, DenBeste tallied twice, with Chris LeMire adding a single marker – and the game-winner.
Nick Bink recorded three assists and LeMire two for Legion. Cole also picked up a helper.
Eyler turned aside 15 Alpena shots on net.
On Jan. 27 at Mackinaw City, Doucette, LeMire and Bink – on an empty net – all dented the twine for Legion in the 3-1 triumph.
Kyle Lane, Ashbrook, Bink, DenBeste and LeMire collected assists, with Eyler coming up with 33 saves for Legion, 24-23-8 overall and 10-4-2 in the NIHL.
mBank girls go 3-1
The Marquette mBank girls hockey team of Marquette won three of four contests Jan. 26-27.
The local team split with the M&M Thunder in Marinette (Wis.) Jan. 26, winning 3-0 and losing 3-1.
Goaltender Hannah Riesland earned the shutout in the first game. She wound up allowing just five goals on 71 shots on net over the weekend.
The local skaters then dropped the Manistique Wildcats, 6-1 and 4-1.
Libbie Doney led mBank in scoring with three goals and an assist in the four games.
Other goal scorers for the local club were: Kacey Mullett, Haley Peterson and Alex Paquette (two each); Amanda Gray, Katie Pryor, Lauren Folker, Freya Holferty and McKenzie Masters.
Assists were also recorded by Mullett, Peterson, Gray (2), Pryor (2), Folker (2); and Holferty, Taylor Swajanen, Annie Boyer, Dana Paquet and Faith Martin.
Wells Fargo swept
A trip to Sault Ste. Marie (Ontario, Canada) the weekend of Jan. 26-27 left the Marquette Wells Fargo U14 girls hockey team with 2-0 and 7-1 losses.
The lone Marquette goal came from Lexi White, 15 seconds into the game.
Briana Holman made 34 saves in goal for Wells Fargo on the weekend.
City Insurance swept
With a depleted lineup due to injuries, the Marquette City Insurance Pee Wee AA hockey team lost three games to the Green Bay Gamblers Jan. 26-27.
In the opener, the Marquette icers lost 3-2, despite goals by Sean O’Connor and Reece Fortner for the Sentinels.
Nate Bordson and Daunte Fortner picked up assists, with Dylan Sibilsky turning aside 32 shots on goal.
City Insurance then fell to the Gamblers, 4-1. Tanner Phillips scored the lone Sentinels’ marker, assisted by Bordson.
Tyler Bergwall made 21 stops in net for the Marquette squad.
On Jan. 27, the Sentinels (36-16-2) lost, 6-3. Luke Beerman scored twice, with Daunte Fortner getting the other tally. Bordson (2) and Phillips drew assists.
Sibilsky came up with 24 saves.
Police Cadets drop two
The Marquette Police Cadets Squirt B hockey team dropped 7-3 and 5-2 decisions to Escanaba Binks on Jan. 13.
Tommy Blemberg, Chase Bourdeau and Julian Gleason scored for Marquette in the opener. Colin Bradley assisted.
Bourdeau and Jack Burzynski posted tallies for the Police Cadets in the second contest, with Bradley and Ethan Richards collecting helpers.
Hockey Central splits
The Marquette Hockey Central Pee Wee hockey team split with Superiorland Kiwanis by identical 2-0 scores.
Tyler Blight scored a goal and added an assist for Superior Kiwanis in its victory. Jacob Johnson chipped in a marker and Kyle Michelson made 19 saves.
Soren Higgins came up with 12 stops in net for Hockey Central.
In the Hockey Central win, Jon Jason and Karsten Kamps each posted a goal and an assist for the winners. Tim Muladore and Collin Fure each contributed a helper.
Higgins came up with 15 saves for the shutout, while Michelson made 18 stops in the loss.