GAYLORD - Allowing two goals in the final 3:47, the Marquette Senior High School hockey team fell to Saginaw Heritage 4-2 Saturday in an MHSAA Division 2 regional championship game.
"(Saginaw Heritage) outplayed us in the last two periods," MSHS head coach Doug Garrow said after his Redmen had finished with a 13-11-4 overall record. "We were back on our heels a lot.
"The guys played hard, but that (Saginaw Heritage) team was good."
Alex Zerbel gave MSHS a 1-0 lead after one period of play with a goal assisted by Cam Verigin.
Tyler Angers forced a 1-1 tie after two periods with a goal for the Hawks, who then took a 2-1 lead early in the third on a marker by Hunter Parasiligi.
But Marquette's Cole Rieboldt tied the score at 4:37 on a power play, with Jake Phillips and Justin Cain collecting helpers.
Saginaw Heritage, however, got unassisted goals from Dan Krauseneck at 13:13 and Jacob Dalton at 16:08 to claim the win. Dalton's tally was a shorthanded, empty-net effort.
"(The Hawks) were quick and moved the puck well. They were a good skating team," Garrow said.
"They forechecked us hard and the last two periods, we had a hard time breaking out and getting the puck out of our end."
MSHS goaltender John Beckman made 29 saves; Kevin Cressey came up with 16 stops for the Hawks.
"Our effort was good ... and our penalty kill was exceptional." Garrow said. "We competed.
"We had a successful season. We started 0-5-1, but had a good run the last 20-22 games. Our guys learned a lot, especially the underclassmen.
"We have a good foundation going forward."
Information compiled by Senior Sports Writer Craig Remsburg. He can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 251, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.