Prep hockey: Marquette breaks through for 3-1 road win over Kingsford

IRON MOUNTAIN – Marquette outshot Kingsford 40-17 and skated to a 3-1 Great Lakes Hockey Conference victory Thursday evening at Mountain View Ice Arena.

The Flivvers, stuck in a seven-game skid, trailed just 1-0 entering the third period thanks in part to the work of Wes Paupore, who finished with 37 saves.

“Wes played a heck of a game,” Flivvers coach Jim Peterson said. “He kept us in there.”

The Flivvers had a prime chance to score midway through the third period when two Redmen were sent to the penalty box, but Kingsford managed just one shot on net during the two-man advantage.

“We don’t have quick enough puck movement on the power play,” Peterson said. “We are not sure where to go with the puck. You have to know your next move right away.”

Soon after the penalties expired, Marquette (3-7-2) made it 2-0 when a shot by Cam Verigin made it through, possibly deflecting off a Flivver stick on its way past Paupore.

Kingsford (2-7, 0-2 GLHC) drew within 2-1 about a minute later when Alex Wiitanen crossed the blue line and fired through the legs of Marquette keeper Travis Cameron.

Paupore went to the bench in the final minute for an extra attacker, but MSHS’ Alex Zerbel sealed the win with an empty net goal with 23 seconds left.

Despite outshooting Kingsford 19-5 in the first period, Marquette didn’t score until 5 1/2 minutes were gone in the second period when an initial shot by Dalton Duquette was turned away, only to have the rebound on the opposite side knocked home by Jake Phillips.

“There were a lot of rebounds,” Marquette coach Doug Garrow said. “Wes made a lot of good first saves, and Kingsford did a good job of keeping our guys away from the front of the net.

“The rebounds were there, we just couldn’t get to them. As the game wore on, we had more opportunities for second and third shots.

“It’s been a struggle this year. We’ve had a lot of injuries. We’re getting a few guys back, and we’re getting better. We’ve just been finding ways to lose. Confidence-wise, it’s a little fragile sometimes.

“It’s a learning process, and hopefully we can build from tonight’s win.”

Marquette hosts Escanaba at Lakeview Arena at 7 p.m. Tuesday.