MARQUETTE - The Marquette Sentinels Squirt AA youth hockey team lost out on a heartbreaking tiebreaker from advancing past round-robin play at the state finals held last weekend at the Calumet Colloseum. The Ameriprise Financial-Doug Garrow-sponsored team went 1-1-1 in the opening round, forcing tournament organizers to apply several tiebreakers before eliminating the Marquette team from further play.
The Sentinels needed a tie in their final game to clinch a spot in the semifinals, but couldn't make a one-goal lead entering the third period stand up and fell to the Ann Arbor Wolves 4-3 on Saturday night.
"It was an emotional way for the kids to end the season and they really gave it their best all weekend," Sentinels coach Jeremy Beerman said.
Luke Beerman led Marquette scorers with five goals, while teammate Brayden Stannard scored four and Jon Jason, Peyton Anderson, Thomas Dunleavy and Jakob Peterson had one apiece.
Beerman also led the way with five assists, while Anderson had three, Reece Fortner two and Russ Modell one.
Ameriprise, which ended its season at 31-21-6, finished fourth at a 10-team event the previous weekend in Eagle River, Wis. Marquette was seeded No. 1 going into the final rounds Sunday.
"The kids got away from what got them the No. 1 seed, which was teamwork combined with the fact that we ran into a hot goalie in the morning game," Beerman said.
Police Cadets drop
MARQUETTE - The Marquette Police Cadets Squirt B hockey team finished its Central Upper Peninsula League schedule with a 4-2 loss to Iron Range Ishpeming Concrete on March 6.
Scoring for the Cadets (28-18-5 overall, 14-11-3 league) were Gaetano Cammarata and Julian Greason, with assists going to Joseph Luke and Parker Ring.
Karsten Kamps stopped seven shots in net for the Cadets.
On March 5, the Cadets beat the Marquette Elks, 5-3, behind two goals and two assists by Cammarata.
Greason added two markers, while Luke posted a single tally.
Also collecting assists for the Cadets were Ring (3), Natalie Bordson and Brett Wittler.
Kamps turned away 23 shots for the Cadets.
On March 4, the Cadets blanked Ishpeming Concrete, 3-0, behind seven saves by netminder Preston Maki.
Earlier the same day, the Cadets defeated Marquette Peninsula MedicaL, 6-3, as Cammarata notched five goals and an assist.