MARQUETTE - Solid skating and physical play are the calling cards for the Marquette Senior High School hockey team this season.
The Redmen dominated those aspects of the game on Friday night, but a number of penalties undid all that good work at Lakeview Arena.
MSHS lost to visiting Grosse Pointe North 6-3 as the Norsemen scored three power-play goals. Marquette notched two themselves but spent most of the game playing catch-up.
Marquette Senior High School senior Alex Zerbel (12) dekes past Grosse Pointe North sophomore Stephen Kent (15) during the first period Friday at Lakeview Arena in Marquette. (Journal photo by Adelle Whitefoot)
"We were really lacking discipline in the second period," first-year coach Doug Garrow said about a period the Redmen were whistled for four minor penalties. "I thought we played much better in the third period.
"We're not a team that can give up three power-play goals in a game and expect to be able to win."
The Redmen fell to 2-6-2 with the loss, while this was Grosse Pointe's first victory in 10 games.
"We've played a brutal schedule," GPN first-year coach Brad Case said. "We've played against seven of the top eight teams in the state so far.
"We got some breaks (Friday) and we capitalized on our opportunities. And our goalie held us in there a bit."
Norsemen senior Josh Champney backstopped the victory even though Marquette held a 32-19 edge in shots on goal.
Redmen senior forward Dalton Duquette did all he could, scoring two goals in the third period that drew his team within 5-3 with 4:04 to go.
Thirty seconds later, GPN was whistled for its sixth penalty of the game, allowing MSHS a chance to pull within a goal.
But like what happened for much of the game, the Redmen were frustrated despite several quality chances in front of Champney.
Garrow pulled sophomore goalie Travis Cameron and called his timeout late in the power play to make it 6 on 4 with around two minutes to go.
But the move only allowed Grosse Pointe senior Vince Romanelli to get hold of the puck near his blue line and shoot it into an empty net with 1:02 to go for his second goal and fourth point of the night.
Garrow started junior Johnny Beckman before going with Cameron for the third period, not because of poor play but as a change of pace for his skaters.
"I thought both our goalies played a quality game," Garrow said. "We gave up most of the goals on power plays, and one was on a 5 on 3."
GPN's Brendan Nelson scored the lone goal of the first period with no penalties whistled.
Early in the second, Marquette's Tony Fedrizzi tied it 1-1 on a power play rebound following an initial slap shot by Jake Phillips from the top of the slot.
The Norsemen made it 4-1 by the end of the period, scoring twice in eight seconds.
GPN made it 5-1 early in the third before Duquette scored twice, once on a hard shot from the slot over Champney's left shoulder, and the second on a tip of Justin Cain's shot through heavy traffic.
The teams have a rematch at 1 p.m. today back at Lakeview Arena after two other teams originally scheduled for a tournament here this weekend pulled out.
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