mBank U16 falls in U19 state tourney semis

MARQUETTE – The Marquette mBank U16 girls hockey team reached the semifinals of the Michigan Amateur Hockey Association U19 rec state championships last weekend, but fell in the semis to Howe Racing of Midland, 2-1.

Midland took a 2-1 with 11:22 left in the third period and scored the game-winner 2:55 remaining in the game. Libbie Doney tied the game for Marquette in the third with 8:21 remaining.

Marquette finished with a 2-1 record in round-robin play to advance to the semis. In the opener, mBank rallied from a 3-0 second-period deficit to defeat Traverse City Northstar U19, 4-3.

Lauryn Folker scored first for Marquette with 11:28 to play in the second period with assists going to Taylor Swajanen and Mackenzie Masters. Lexi Guidebeck fed Doney 58 seconds later for mBank’s second score and with 1:57 to go in the second, Folker assisted Amanda Gray on the game-tying goal. Gray scored the game-winner with 9:36 to play via assists by Katie Pryor and Dana Paquet.

Marquette had to rally again in its second game, though this time from a 2-0 deficit top win 3-2 over the Manistique U19 Wildcats.

Doney scored a goal late in the first period and again late in the second period, both timed unassisted.

Brooke Swajanen recorded the game-winner on the power play with 9:50 to go and an assist by Doney.

The only loss in round-robin action for mBank – 4-0 – came against the Marquette U19 team that went on to win the state title.

Hannah Riesland backstoped mBank in goal for all four games, ending the weekend with a .932 save percentage.

Coach Gregg Swajanen’s U16 team won the U19 Girls division of the Central UP Hockey League with a 12-2-2 record. The team played U19 teams all year and finished with a 29-11-5 record playing up an age classification.