MARQUETTE - The battle of the sexes started successfully for the Sentinels Under-19 girls hockey team over the weekend as the Marquette squad swept a younger Copper Country boys team.
The Sentinels defeated the KRC Bantam-level boys 6-0 and 9-2 on Saturday in Hancock. Bantams include 13- and 14-year-old players.
The Marquette team, which will play a series of games this season against Bantam boys teams, includes some players near the 19-year-old limit but has also included girls as young as 11 in the past several years.
In the opening-game shutout, Allison Carlson scored four times with Brock Nelsen and Haley Boroughf adding single goals. Among those getting assists were Boroughf, Nelsen, Sam Nelson, Necia Lessard and Melissa Casey.
In the second game's offensive barrage, Carlson had another hat trick, scoring three of her team's first four goals. Nelsen and Montana Viitala added two goals apiece, while Lessard and Emma Kaznowski each had single goals.
Carlson also had a three-assist playmaker, while Nelsen, Boroughf, Kaznowski and Kirsten Iwanski had two assists each, and Freya Holferty assisted on the game's final goal.
In goal, Hannah Riesland earned the opening-game shutout while Carley Maanika picked up the win in Game 2.