MARQUETTE - The Marquette Electricians Midget AAA hockey team overcame two second-period blunders in its own zone to salvage a 2-2 tie with the Marquette Senior High School Redmen in the first of a two-game, cumulative-goal series for the Olson Family Cup at Lakeview Arena in Marquette.
Game 2 is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Jan. 31 at Lakeview Arena.
"I thought it was a great comeback on our part," Electricians' coach Jim Jackson said. "I thought they came out hard on us and I don't think our guys were really ready for it. We rebounded, we came back from a two-goal deficit."
Marquette Senior High School senior Andrew Nyquist (3) shoots over Negaunee High School sophomore Jay Lori (23) on Thursday at Lakeview Memorial Gymnasium in Negaunee. (Journal photo by Adelle Whitefoot)
MSHS junior forward Luke Schwemin created the first Redmen goal by creating a turnover in the Electricians zone. He intercepted a pass from a defenseman and found sophomore Tony Fredrizzi, who buried the puck in the back of the net for a 1-0 advantage 7:44 into the second period.
Nearly seven minutes later, MSHS went ahead 2-0 after Electricians goaltender Tanner Colberg left an initial shot by the Redmen junior forward Brock Smith linger on his stick just long enough for MSHS senior forward Alex Zerbel to poke it past the goal line to make it 2-0.
"I thought we had a good first period and a half and when we couldn't score on that one penalty, they got some momentum from that," MSHS head coach Doug Garrow said. "I think they kind of controlled the second half of the game. They played well, they played hard. We controlled the first half and they controlled the second half and put us on our heels."
The Electricians got on the board just before the end of the second period using the momentum built from a late penalty kill to put a fluttering puck past MSHS goalie Johnny Beckman off a shot by Alex Warchol and assist by Jacob Peterson.
The Electros tied the game on the power play 4:34 into the third period when Michey Norris put away a puck that initially rang off the post less than a second earlier.
"I thought it was a good effort," Jackson said. "When we were down those two goals, I thought that the guys got together and showed a nice character comeback."
NOTES: Colberg finished with 27 saves for the Electricians and Beckman stopped 13 shots for the Redmen. MSHS outshot the Electros 11-4 in the first period and 29-15 for the game. The Electricians finished 1 for 3 on the power play and MSHS went 0 for 4. MSHS was called for five penalties for 10 minutes. The Electros received seven penalties for 22 minutes, including a 10-minute misconduct on Seth Muzyl. Thursday's game benefitted the Amy Hendrickson family. Through a 50/50 raffle and chuck-a-puck, the game raised $548 toward the family's medical expenses, with the winners of each intermission game donating their winnings back to the family.