Legion Bantams fall in NIHL title game

MARQUETTE – A 3-1 loss to Calumet in the gold medal game left the Marquette American Legion Bantam AA hockey team with a 2-1-1 record in NIHL playoff action held in Sault Ste. Marie.

In the Feb. 16 contest, Joey Phillips notched the lone goal for Legion (43-11-6 overall).

Spencer DenBeste and Nick Bink drew assists, while Dylan Sibilsky made 10 saves in goal.

“We had some breakdowns early … on the forecheck, at the blueline and on the penalty kill that all led to goals against,” Legion head coach Brian Nebel said.

“We dug ourselves a hole we were unable to get out of, though we outshot Calumet 32-13 – 11-2 in the third period.”

On Feb. 15, the Marquette icers blanked Alpena, 5-0, behind 11 saves by netminder Luke McCarthy.

Ethan Jones scored twice and added an assist for the winners.

Gavin Schwalbach, Bink and Brandon Woodward also tallied, with assists also going to Phillips, Spencer Samppala. Colin Gafney (3), Justin Hendrickson and Aydin Frost.

Earlier, Marquette trimmed Sault Ste. Marie, 3-2. Ryan Morrissey, Woodward and DenBeste notched goals, while DenBeste, Frost (2), Gaffney, Schwalbach and Hunter Doucette picked up helpers.

Sibilsky turned aside 17 sots on goal.

On Feb. 14, Legion opened the league playoffs with a 2-2 tie with Calumet.

Bink and Doucette scored, while Phillips, Hendrickson, DenBeste and Jones picked up assists.

McCarthy made 21 stops.


Wells Fargo sweeps Algoma

MARQUETTE – A trip to Sault Ste. Marie (Ontario, Canada) proved to be fruitful for the Wells Fargo U14 girls hockey team the weekend of Feb. 15-16.

The local squad swept the Algoma Hawks, 3-2 and 4-3.

In the opener, Lexi Anderson scored twice in the third period to spark the win. Ashley Francis notched the other goal.

Collecting assists were Hannah Zerbst (2), Ava Gillespie and Alexis White.

Briana Holman made 19 saves in goal.

In the 4-3 victory, White scored a natural hat trick, while Anderson netted a late game-winning marker.

Francis, Zerbst and Paris Wegleitner picked up helpers. Holman came up with 14 stops.