Youth hockey: Superiorland Kiwanis fall in Bridge Brawl
MARQUETTE – A 2-0 loss to the Bay County Blizzard in the semifinals ended the Superiorland Kiwanis Pee Wee house league hockey team’s march in the Bridge Brawl held in St. Ignace Nov. 8-10.
Kiwanis opened the tourney with a 7-1 win over the Lakeland Eagles behind two goals apiece from Joseph Luke, Avery Hopper and Jacob Allard-Soucey.
Hogan Nemetz added a single tally to go with two assists.
Collecting single assists were Andrew Fedrizzi, Cam Kallio, Parker Hirvonen, Cross Lakenen and Hopper.
The Kiwanis icers then knocked off the HSBC Rockets, 6-1, as Luke, Hopper and Nemetz turned in two goals each.
Allard-Soucey recorded four helpers, while Kallio and Kyle Pascoe collected one assist apiece.
A 5-2 Kiwanis victory over St. Ignace followed and set up the semifinal contest.
Allard-Soucey notched two markers and an assist. Hirvonen, Luke and Brett Wittler contributed single tallies, while Nemetz picked up three assists and Fedrizzi one.
Kiwanis goalie John Thompson stopped 62 shots over the weekend to gain his team’s Most Valuable Player nod. He also captured the Best goalie title in the tourney’s skills competition.
Wells Fargo U14 loses twice
The Wells Fargo U14 girls hockey team of Marquette dropped a pair of games to visiting Sault Ste. Marie (Ontario) Canadian Tire, 2-0 and 3-1.
Marquette’s lone goal came from Lexi White, assisted by Lexi Anderson.
Wells Fargo goaltender Briana Holman made 28 and 20 saes in the games.
Legion wins twice
A 10-5 win over the Keweenaw Storm gave the Marquette American Legion Bantam AA hockey team a road sweep on Nov. 17.
In the first game, Legion blanked the Storm, 6-0, behind eight saves by goaltender Dylan Sibilsky.
Nick Bink scored four goals, and Joey Phillips and Spencer DenBeste two apiece, in the nightcap. Justin Moyle and Alec Gadzinski added single tallies for Legion (20-4-1)., which broke a 5-5 tie with five unanswered markers.
Collecting assists were Colin Gaffney, Moyle (3), Phillips, DenBeste (2), Ryan Morrissey (2), Gavin Schwalbach, Shane Ring (2), Ethan Jones and Spencer Samppala.
Luke McCarthy (8) and Sibilsky (6) combined for 14 saves for Marquette.
“Our boys took them too lightly after dominating the first game,” Legion head coach Brian Nebel said. “We juggled our lines for the third period to shut (the Storm) down.”
In the opening game, Bink notched two goals to pace Marquette. Also finding the back of the net were Gaffney, Phillips, Morrissey and Schwalbach.
Earning helpers were Phillips, Hunter Doucette, DenBeste (2), Justin Hendrickson, Gaffney (2), Andrew Pieper, Ring, Moyle, Bink and Schwalbach.
U-19 girls sweep
A 4-2 comeback win over visiting Cheboygan on Nov. 17 gave the Marquette U-19 girls hockey team a sweep of a four-game weekend set.
Down 2-0 in the third period, the Marquette squad got two goals from Libbie Doney, and one apiece from Alex Paquette and Shea Blewett, to take the triumph.
Earlier the same day, the Marquette girls beat Cheboygan, 3-1.
The previous day, Marquette tallied 6-0 and 10-0 road victories over the Copper Country.
For the weekend, Marquette scorers were Riley O’Connor (6 goals, 4 assists); Blewett (7 goals); Doney (4 goals, 3 assists); Brooke Swajanen (2 goals, assist); Faith Martin (4 assists); Paquette (goal, assist); Jillian Frye (goal, assist); Kara Salo (goal, assist); Hailey Peterson (goal, assist); Amanda Gray (2 assists); and Taylor Swajanen, MacKenzie Masters, Lexi Guidebeck and Dana Paquet, one assist each.