Legion Bantams clinch NIHL title with win, tie at runner-up Calumet
MARQUETTE – The Marquette American Legion Bantam AA youth hockey team won and tied games in Calumet on Saturday to clinch the Northern International Hockey League regular season title.
The Legion improved to 15-0-1 in the NIHL and 36-8-2, while the runner-up Calumet Junior Kings are 12-3-1 in league games.
Marquette opened with a 1-1 tie at the Calumet Colosseum, knotting the game when Nick Bink knocked in the puck on a power play about four minutes into the third period. Assists were given to Joey Phillips and Justin Hendrickson.
The Legion’s Dylan Sibilsky made 13 saves after allowing a first-period goal, while Calumet’s Nicholas Voehlker was called on to make 22.
“We didn’t have any jump or intensity in the first two periods of that first game, whether that was from having road legs or taking them too lightly,” Marquette coach Brian Nebel said. “Not to take anything away from their goalie, who played good, but we had more missed shots than they did shots.”
Marquette then breezed through the nightcap, 5-0, as Spencer DenBeste notched two goals. Legion led 3-0 after one period on the strength of goals by DenBeste, Justin Moyle and Shane Ring barely three minutes apart in the middle of the period.
Moyle, Ring and Ryan Morrissey each had a goal and an assist, while Hunter Doucette had two assists and Phillips, Hendrickson, Gavin Schwalbach, Ethan Jones and Aydin Frost each recorded one helper.
The Legion’s Luke McCarthy posted a shutout by stopped all 22 pucks he saw, while Voehlker was busy making 42 saves in the Calumet net.
“The boys responded well in the second game, down three forwards due to injuries and having to move a (defenseman) to wing,” Nebel said. “They all really stepped it up.”
Next up for Marquette is a longer road trip to St. Cloud, Minn., to play in the four-day Center Ice Classic starting Friday.
Wells Fargo U14 girls lose twice
A trip to downstate Petoskey left the Wells Fargo U14 girls hockey team of Marquette with a pair of losses, 5-2, and 2-1.
Alexis White scored a pair of goals, while Hannah Swajanen added the other.
Drawing assists were Lexi Rabitaille and Julia Johnson.
Wells argo netminder Briana Holman came up with 46 total saves in the two games.
Leow leads Redmen JV to victory
Sam Leow had two goals and an assist to help the Marquette Senior High School JV hockey team defeat Calumet 7-2 at Lakeview Arena in Marquette last weekend.
Cole Rieboldt, Zach Carter, Hunter Larson, Jacob Patterson and Tanner Carrierre also scored for the Redmen, while assists were registered by Rieboldt, Carter, David Wiegand, Brendan Campbell, Patrick Burmeister and Mitchell Knox.
Collecting the victory in net was Travis Cameron.
“This was a much better effort by the boys than last weekend in our tournament,” MSHS JV head coach Kevin Thomsen said. “We worked hard, played as a team and moved the puck very well.