DETROIT - Levi Wunder scored twice in a span of less than six minutes in the season's opening game, but that was nearly the extent of the Marquette Electricians' offense as the Midget AAA team lost all four of its games at the Motor City Cup held in suburban Detroit over the weekend.
"In our defensive zone, we are not where we need to be," Electricians head coach Mark Nebel said. "But we are young and inexperienced right now.
"It has been quite the transition for everyone as six of our players who had 40-plus points last year have moved to Juniors.
"But the potential is there. Being moved into the Elite division has allowed us a great opportunity to see where we're at and what we need to improve on."
Wunder's second goal pulled the Electricians (0-4) to within a goal with 5:39 to play in a 5-3 loss to the KVC Selects at the City Sports Center in Detroit. His first goal came on a shot from the point with the second a wraparound.
Assists were credited to Andrew Plomer on Wunder's first goal and Nicholas Cammarata and Eric Chapman on the second. KVC got the final goal into an empty net with 25 seconds left.
Jordan Frazier put Marquette on the board with 19:09 left in the first half of this two-period game, with an assist going to Torrin Grange. The power-play goal tied the score 1-1 before the opposition added two goals prior to intermission.
KVC held a huge 35-10 shots-on-goal advantage despite Marquette having twice as many power plays, 6-3, as each team converted once. Marquette goalie Bryce Leaf kept his team in the game with 30 saves.
"We had a slow start, (then) played better in the second half, playing with more tenacity," Nebel said. "We had some opportunities that had we capitalized would've turned the game around.
"Bryce Leaf made a lot of key saves. (We) definitely need to work on defensive zone coverage."
The Electricians were shut out in each of their next two games, both played at the Taylor Sportsplex in Taylor, 1-0 to the Dallas Ice Jets on Friday night and 5-0 to Detroit Compuware on Saturday morning.
Dallas' Hunter Vannier scored the only goal of that game on a power play early in the second half as Marquette goalie Adam Ranck made 30 saves and his teammates managed just 13 shots. The low score came despite 13 power plays, five for the Electricians.
Compuware scored three goals in the first half, outshooting Marquette 44-12 overall as Leaf made 39 saves. Each team had five power plays, Compuware converting one.
The Electricians wrapped up the tournament with a consolation game at the Ice Box in Detroit against the Red Raiders, who prevailed 2-1. Details weren't available from that game.
The Electricians remain on the road until late October, next playing at Lake Forest Academy in Lake Forest, Ill., on Sept. 22-23.