3rd-period frenzy carries Redmen to regional title

By Journal Sports Staff

GAYLORD – Doug Garrow was happy his Marquette Senior High School skaters made their coach’s prediction come true.

“I told the guys that once we got the first (goal), we would build some momentum and the next one would come easier,” Garrow said after the hockey Redmen scored five times in the third period for a 5-1 comeback victory over Midland on Saturday afternoon.

The victory wrapped up a regional championship for MSHS, which advances – while staying put in Gaylord – to the MHSAA Division 2 quarterfinals at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The Redmen’s opponent will be Ada Forest Hills Eastern, which defeated Muskegon Mona Shores 3-2 in overtime on Saturday.

“Our goal at the beginning of the year was to win some hardware, to get to the regionals and try to win it,” Garrow said. “These kids have worked extremely hard all year.”

It was just about the same description he made of his team on Saturday, despite being shut out until the Chemics’ Weondong Hwang finally let in a puck 1:45 into the final period off the stick of Marquette senior forward Donny Schultz. Tanner Carriere got the first of two assists on that goal.

It tied the score after Midland held the lead for more than two periods following the Chemics’ Jonathan Dorman scoring just 1:32 into the game past MSHS goalie Travis Cameron.

“We carried the play throughout the game, but their goalie played extremely well and we weren’t able to get those second and third opportunities in front of the net,” the MSHS coach said. “All of our first three goals came off scrambles in front of the net. They were those hard-work, effort goals.”

The Redmen had just as many first-period shots on goal – 14 – as Midland had the whole game. They finished with a 37-15 edge.

The score stayed tied 1-1 for more than seven minutes until MSHS senior Caden Paquette notched the game-winner with 7:53 remaining with assists going to freshman Luke Beerman and senior Austin Wachnicki.

Then the goals came fast and furious. Less than four minutes later with 4:02 left, Schultz got his second goal with Carriere and senior Kristian Jackson assisting.

Senior Jacob Patterson added an unassisted empty-netter with 2:01 left before Beerman rounded out the scoring with a goal with 40 seconds to go.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is sbrownlee@miningjournal.net.