Legion, City Insurance win district titles

MARQUETTE – A 2-0 win over host Calumet Feb. 3 gave the Marquette American Legion Bantam AA hockey team the District 8 championship.

Tristan Ashbrook and Nick Bink notched goals and goaltender Travis Cameron made 21 saves for Legion, which advances to the MAHA State championships in Dimondale March 8-10.

Aydin Frost and Spencer DenBeste picked up assists for the Marquette club, now 26-23-8 overall. Ian Carroll came up with 27 stops in net for Calumet.

“They all really stepped it up and played good, team hockey,” Legion coach Brian Nebel said of his squad, “giving it their all every shift (and) limiting the number of quality (scoring) chances.

“(Also) Travis was solid in net when he needed to be.”

Feb. 2, after Calumet had beaten Houghton/Hancock 4-2 the night before, Legion dropped Houghton/Hancock 6-3 behind five goals by Bink. Hunter Doucette tallied the other Marquette goal.

Recording assists were DenBeste (4), Chris LeMire (5), Frost and Bink.

Cameron came up with 19 stops, while Houghton/Hancock counterpart Dawson Kero made 30 saves.

City Insurance claims


Winning three games, the City Insurance Pee Wee AA hockey team of Marquette won the District 8 championship the weekend of Feb. 1-3.

In the first game, the Sentinels outshot Escanaba 48-16 en route to a 4-0 win. Daunte Fortner scored three goals and Luke Beerman one for the winners.

Tanner Phillips and Nate Bordson each collected two assists, while Reece Fortner and Nick Leafers picked up one apiece.

Tyler Bergwall earned the shutout in net with 16 saves.

In the second contest, Bordson scored twice while teammates D. Fortner, Beerman and Sean O’Connor tallied once each as City Insurance defeated the Keweenaw Storm, 5-2.

Bordson, Beerman and Ted Hoenke each posted two helpers, while Kobie Guidebeck and Phillips had one helper apiece.

Dylan Sibilsky turned aside 26 shots on goal in the win.

Feb. 3,the Sentinels pounded host Calumet, 10-1, with Bordson scoring three goals and picking up four assists.

Beerman added a hat trick and one assist; D. Fortner (2 goals, 1 assist), Reece Fortner (1 goal, 2 assists), O’Connor (1 goal, 1 assist) and Chris Sliva (2 assists) all posted multi-point games.

Ted Hoenke, Ethan Jones and Phillips each contributed an assist.

Sibilsky made 16 saves for City Insurance (39-16-2).

Togo’s Midget 18U goes


The Marquette Togo’s 18U hockey team increased its winning streak to seven games by capturing five contests Feb.1-3.

Togo’s won its first game on the weekend, 4-2, over the visiting Munising 18U squad.

On Feb. 2, the Marquette skaters swept host Iron Mountain Blagec Brothers, 8-1 and 3-2.

Leading the scoring in the opening contest were Torrey Boyak and Noah Paquette with a hat trick each. Jake Kolinsky and Alex Baker added single tallies.

Collecting assists were Hayden Rogers (4), Collin Rajala (3), Bill Mullet (2), Baker (2), Kolinsky, Jacob Marks and Boyak.

In the second game, Baker, Rogers and Boyak posted tallies, with helpers going to Boyak (two), Paquette and Baker.

On Feb. 3, Togo’s hosted the Calumet Michigan State Police 18U team at the Berry Events Center and came away with 9-1 and 4-3 victories.

In the opener, Boyak led the way with another hat trick, while Baker and Rogers added two goals each. Paquette and Jake Roemer chipped in single markers.

Earning assists were Paquette (2), Mullet (2), Rajala (2) and Kolinsky (2), as well as Patrick Bulinski, Rogers, Cote Marshall, Connor Remsburg and Boyak.

In the 4-3 Togo’s triumph, Mullet scored twice to go along with tallies by Rajala and Boyak. Helpers went to Rogers, Roemer, Travis Aho, Kolinsky and Rajala.

Togo’s raised its season record to 21-9-0 with the wins.

mBank cruises

The Marquette mBank girls’ hockey scored 40 goals and posted four shutouts on a Feb. 2-3 visit to Iron River.

Kayce Mullet led the way offensively with two natural hat tricks and a total of eight goals.

She was followed in scoring by Brooke Swajanen (5 goals, 5 assists) and Libbie Doney (5 goals, 3 assists).

Other scoring came from Faith Martin and Taylor Swajanen (both with 4 goals, 1 assist), Amanda Gray (3 goals, 1 assist), Annie Boyer (3 goals), Freya Holferty and Taylor Swajanen (2 goals each), and Lauryn Folker and Jillian Frye (1 goal apiece).

The mBank goaltenders were Lexi Guideback (nine saves) and Lauryn Folker (20 stops).

Wells Fargo U14 girls

go 1-2

Traveling to Sault Ste. Marie (Ontario, Canada) Feb. 2-3, the Marquette Wells Fargo U14 girls hockey team won one game and lost two.

In the first contest, a 4-2 loss to the Jaguars, Chloe Krause and Kailey Godfrey scored for Marquette. Hannah Swajanen and Paris Wegleitner drew assists.

In Game 2 against the Jaguars, Wells Fargo fell, 3-2, despite goals by Ashlyn Steer and Kara Salo. Chantel LaBlonde and Salo picked up helpers.

In the third game against a select team (no name available), Wells Fargo won, 6-1

Abbie Tollefson, Lexi Anderson (2), Salo, Swajanen and Steer scored for the winners. Briana Holman tended the net for all three games and made 49 total saves.

TriMedia Squirts Skate

on the Edge

An 8-0 win over Spring Lake Park Jan. 27 in the Skate on the Edge Tournament in Duluth, Minn., gave the TriMedia Squirt AA Sentinels a seventh place finish.

Cooper Anderson led the way with five goals and an assist. Joseph Luke added a marker and three helpers.

Jacob Peterson and Brayden Stannard notched the other TriMedia goals, while Andrew Fedrizzi, Jacob Hendrickson and Hogan Nemetz picked up assists.

Goaltender Preston Maki stopped 24 shots.

Jan. 26, TriMedia fell to Rogers, 1-0, though Maki came up with 39 saves.

Later the same day, Marquette dropped a 6-3 decision to St. Michael Albertville, though Maki turned aside 28 shots.

Nemetz, Peterson and Anderson found the back of the net for the Sentinels. Stannard drew two helpers.