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Marquette Legion ousted from state tournament

March 14, 2012
By Journal Sports Staff , The Mining Journal

MARQUETTE - A 3-2 loss to Farmington Hills in the MAHA State Championships in Port Huron over the weekend ended the Marquette American Legion Bantam AA hockey team's season.

The Legion skaters, who finish at 31-25-9, also lost to Lansing (1-0) and beat Port Huron (5-3) in the tourney.

Against Farmington Hills, the winners scored three goals in the opening period before Legion got a marker from Alex Warchol in the second. Brian Specker assisted on the power play tally.

Tristan Ashbrook then made it 3-2 with a goal for Marquette just 51 seconds later, assisted by Brock smith and Ethan St. Germain.

Legion netminder Brendan Higbie came up with 25 stops, while Farmington Hills goalie Andrew Rozenbaum made 16 saves.

In the 1-0 loss to Lansing, Higbie turned aside 21 shots on goal; Lansing's Cameron Zilsholz made 12 stops.

St. Germain scored twice in the Marquette 5-3 win over Port Huron - the second an empty-net, power-play tally at 15:59. Warchol, Ashbrook and Kristian Jackson added single tallies for Legion.

Picking up helpers for Legion, which led 2-1 after one period and 4-3 after two, were Jake Phillips, Specker (2), Brock Smith, Brenden Shanahan (2), Michael Farley and Luke Schwemin.

Higbie came up with 24 saves, while Port Huron's John Estapa made 17 stops.

"Although obviously disappointed with two losses, and other than one period of play (against Farmington Hills), we're very happy with our effort and how we did," Legion head coach Brian Nebel said.

"We played strong and hung tough with some of the best teams in the state."



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