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Redmen fall flat at Marquette Classic hockey tournament

January 8, 2012
By AMANDA MONTHEI - Journal Sports Writer ( , The Mining Journal

MARQUETTE - A late rally by Howell cost the Marquette Senior High School hockey team in a 4-2 loss in the Marquette Classic on Friday night.

But Saturday afternoon's 6-1 loss to Grosse Pointe North at Lakeview Arena was a struggle throughout the game, according to MSHS coach Joe Papin.

"Today was very uncharacteristic of Redmen hockey," head coach Joe Papin said of Saturday's game, which left Marquette at 5-4 overall. "(Friday) night's game compared to today's game was night and day.

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Marquette's Kyle Carriere, center, takes the faceoff at center ice against Grosse Pointe North’s Julien Quinlan, behind him, and Vincent Romanelli, right, during the second period of the consolation game at the Marquette Classic tournament on Saturday at Lakeview Arena. (Journal photo by Adelle Whitefoot)

"We were undisciplined, we didn't move the puck well, we weren't very good defensively, and I can name probably 10 more things that we didn't do very well."

After Marquette scored the game's first goal, GPN scored the rest of the goals, including four in the second period to take control of the game.

This was the consolation game of the tournament after Grosse Pointe North lost 6-3 to Green Bay (Wis.) Notre Dame in Friday's other game.

Notre Dame went on to win the tourney later Saturday, beating Howell 3-0.

The Redmen scored Saturday at the 7:13 mark of the first period at the hands of senior Wyatt Smith, who was assisted by Nick Weston. Their 1-0 lead held up until the second period, when the Norsemen tied it 2:28 into the period. Brad Werenski, Nick Rahaim, Joey Giordano and Joe Alvia each scored a goal for Grosse Pointe in the second.

Redmen goalie, sophomore Ethan Wiese, finished with 21 saves in the loss, while Chip Wujek had 22 for the Norsemen.

"We (didn't expect) a 6-1 loss, we expected a much closer game," Smith said. "We just didn't play very hard today, not as hard as we did yesterday obviously.

"We kind of just coasted around more so than yesterday, and we had a rough second period too - that killed us."

In the third period, Grosse Pointe scored two more goals as Alvia completed his three-goal hat trick. The first went in just 1:11 into the period, while the other came with just over a minute and a half left in the game.

Marquette has another game today at Lakeview, a regular-season matchup with Novi from the Detroit area. Papin said he is concerned with his team's ability to turn things around after the two tournament losses.

"Hopefully we can regroup and be ready for (Sunday)," he said. "Novi, the defending state champs, are coming to town. We're looking for a quick turnaround, to regroup and get ourselves focused and ready to go."

Novi, which won the MHSAA Division I crown in 2011, comes into today's game off a 5-4 overtime loss at Calumet on Friday and 3-1 victory over Hancock on Saturday. The Wildcats are 6-5-1 overall this season.

"It's going to be a good character test for our team," Papin said. "It will reflect on the leadership we have in the locker room.

"As far as making adjustments, I might change a line or two. Other than that, it's up to the kids. (The coaches) can't play for them, so they've just got to get ready to go."

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