MARQUETTE - Marquette Senior High School goalie Evan Kyle held the fort until the reinforcements could arrive.
That was according to coach Mike L'Huillier as the Redmen scored four times in the second period for a 6-2 victory over Midland at Lakeview Arena in Marquette Friday night.
Kyle made a number of tough saves early, according to L'Huillier, as the teams skated to a scoreless tie after one period.
Marquette's Scott Frazier (10) carries the puck up ice pursued by Midland's Kyle Evans during the first period at Lakeview Arena in Marquette on Friday. (Journal photo by Zach Jay)
"Evan kept us in there early," the MSHS coach said. "Midland had a couple of quality shots in the first five minutes, and another one hit the pipe.
"Then all of a sudden, we relaxed, played our game and started to finish. We had five goals against Jackson United last time out, so it's buildng for us, a real positive for us as a team.
"Ever since the Flint series (last weekend), the guys have pulled together and started communicating with each other."
L'Huillier is also anxious to get back to full strength, as he said seven players have been out with injuries or illness during the past month.
Junior McKinley Larson broke the 0-0 deadlock with the first of his two goals 1:06 into the second period as junior Alex Zerbel assisted.
Midland's Anthony Moody tied it up barely a minute later, but new Redman, junior Cole Rieboldt, needed less than two minutes to put his team on top again.
His goal, assisted by senior Ryan Hanson, was the first of five straight by Marquette (4-11) that put the game out of reach at 6-1 with about 3 1/2 minutes left.
Midland (6-6) got a meaningless power play tally late by Ryan Singer.
The subsequent goals were scored by senior Shawn Cornock, junior Justin Cain on a power play, Larson shorthanded and junior Cam Verigin.
Hanson finished with two assists, while Cain, Verigin, Rieboldt, Cornock and Lucas Klinger had single assists.
Kyle finished with 22 saves while Midland's Austin Comiskey had 25.