Junior hockey: Marquette Royales finish nationals with 11-1 loss to Junior Bruins

SIMSBURY, Conn. – The Marquette Royales faced their toughest task of all in their final game of pool play at the USA Hockey Tier III Junior National Championships on Saturday evening.

The Boston Junior Bruins defeated the Royales, 11-1, despite Marquette scoring the only power-play goal of the game.

The Boston team won all three of its games in pool play, also getting victories over the two teams that defeated Marquette, the Helena, Mont., Bighorns and the New Hampshire Junior Monarchs.

Boston has advanced to the national championship game after shutting out the Springfield, Mass., Pics 6-0 in Sunday’s semifinals. The Bruins face the North Iowa Bulls at 5 p.m. today for the overall title. The Bulls defeated the Northern (N.H.) Cyclones 5-1 in Sunday’s other semifinal.

The lone bright spot on Saturday for Marquette, which finished its season with a 42-13 record, came when Hunter Heightland scored his 13th goal of the season on a power play with 13:47 remaining. Assists were credited to Lane King and Jeff Salzbrunn.

It marked King’s team-leading 107th assist and 136th point in the 50th game he played with the team in its inaugural season.

Coach Mike Stanaway’s Royales were only outshot 36-32, but struggled in the second period when the Bruins scored seven goals.

Goalie Nate Eminger played just over seven minutes and allowed two goals on five shots, while Bryce Leaf played nearly 53 minutes, allowing nine goals on 31 shots.

Boston’s Christopher Miller, Mac Cook and Alex Brink each scored two goals, while teammates Bryan Lemos and Andy Michailidis each had three-assist playmakers. Netminder Brian McGrath stopped 31 of 32 shots he faced.