MARQUETTE - The McDonald's Pee Wee B youth hockey team of Marquette improved to 28-10-4 this season by going undefeated to capture the title at the Pink in the Rink tournament last weekend in Mackinaw City.
McDonald's opened with a 4-1 victory Saturday over Keweenaw Bay as Collin Fure scored two goals, Colin Gaffney had a goal and two assists and Branden Woodward added a goal. Marquette goalie Luke McCarthy stopped 12 shots.
Later that day, McDonald's beat host Mackinaw City, 14-2, as Spencer Samppala and Carter Person each recorded hat tricks. Samppala also had two assists as Elliot Samppala added two goals and an assist and Steven Deshone had two goals.
The McDonald’s Pee Wee B team from Marquette went undefeated in winning the Pink in the Rink tournament in Mackinaw City last weekend. In the front is goalie-forward Luke McCarthy. In the middle row from left are forward Brendan McCoy, forward-defenseman Alec Gadzinski, forward Jake Jensen, forward-defenseman Connor Fries, forwards Jacob Johnson (F) and Colin Gaffney (F), forward-defenseman Collin Fure, forward Kahleb Federau, defenseman Carter Peterson and forward Elliot Samppala. Top row from left, head coach Kevin McCarthy, forward-defenseman-goalie Branden Woodward, defenseman Spencer Samppala, forward-defenseman Steven Deshone, defenseman Darrien Cornelius, and coaches Brett Peterson and Joe Gaffney. (Submitted)
Gaffney and Brendan McCoy each had a goal and two assists, while Alec Gadzinski registered a goal and an assist, Jacob Johnson a goal, Luke McCarthy two assists, and Jake Jensen one assist. Woodward got the netminding win with four saves.
On Sunday morning, McDonald's beat Alpena 2-1 despite being outshot 26-7. Woodward scored in the first and Spencer Samppala got the game-winner on an end-to-end rush in the third. McCarthy registered six saves.
In the championship game, McDonald's shut out Keweenaw Bay 4-0 as McCarthy stood stout in the Marquette making 17 saves.
Woodward scored once in each of the first two periods with assists going to Gadzinski and Spencer Samppala. Kahleb Federau and Elliot Samppala added third-period goals, with Connor Fries getting an assist on Samppala's.