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Mutineers back home tonight

MARQUETTE — The Marquette Mutineers complete a home-and-home series with the Portage Lake Pioneers at Lakeview Arena in Marquette at 8 p.m. today.

The teams were set to square off in the opener in Houghton on Friday evening.

PL won their only previous meeting, 6-3, on Dec. 9 in Houghton.

Entering this weekend, Marquette was 6-5 and tied for third place in the Great Lakes Hockey League, having scored more goals than any other team in the league.

The Mutineers are coming off a high-scoring split with the Eagle River, Wisconsin, Falcons last weekend, winning the opener 9-3 before losing 9-8 on Saturday.

Ryan Sullivan had a three-goal hat trick in each game for Marquette, while teammate Dallas McLaughlin had a six-point weekend to up his GLHL scoring lead with 35 points.

On Friday, the Mutineers responded well after a fight between forward and captain Joey Enright and Eagle River’s Neil Wallace late in the second period, breaking a 3-3 tie with six unanswered goals in the third.

The visitors came back the next night, going up 3-0 in the first four minutes before Marquette scored four times in the third period only to have their comeback fall just short. Sullivan had a personal-best five points in the game, while defenseman Levi Jezek scored his first goal in 1 1/2 seasons in the league.

The teams should know each other well after several player transactions in the off-season. Sullivan and Mutineers goalies Mike Madosh and Brett Beaudry played multiple seasons with Portage Lake, while the Copper Country team picked up a pair of former Marquette Iron Rangers — forward Neeco Belanger and goalie Tony Kyto.

NMU swimmers finish 1st, 6th

MARQUETTE — The Northern Michigan University swimming and diving teams capped off winter training with a meet in San Juan, Puerto Rico, at the Copa Coqui Invitational on Jan. 4.

The No. 10-ranked men’s team in Division II won the meet against a field that included Division I Connecticut and Cleveland State. The Wildcats scored 29 points to 23 for UConn.

Lajos Budai and Arnoldo Herrera won events for NMU, Budai taking the 100 freestyle in 51.62 seconds while Herrera claimed the 100 breaststroke in 1 minute, 7.64 seconds. Each event included more than 30 competitors.

The 200 free relay team of Maks Kapustin, Josh Decker, Grantas Dapkus and Joshua Cosgrove was edged for a title by two-hundredths of a second in 1:39.26.

Renars Bundzis was third in the 100 backstroke in 1:01.47, with Cosgrove a hundredth of a second behind in fourth in 1:01.48.

Ryan Knox-Leonard placed fourth in the 100 butterfly in 59.58.

The No. 9-ranked Northern women finished sixth. Rachel Helm had the Wildcats’ best finish when she swam for an injured teammate and came in as runner-up in the 100 butterfly in 1:05.96.

Dana Stroven was third in the 100 breast in 1:18.56, while Regan Kilburn came in fourth in the 100 back in 1:09.36.

“Winter training is key to collegiate swimming and diving teams having success in the back half of the season,” NMU head coach Heidi Voigt said. “It’s a time they can focus on technique, strength and training.

“The Wildcats go to Puerto Rico every four years, which is financially supported by the athletes themselves. Over 20 collegiate swimming and diving teams are … in Puerto Rico training.”

The Wildcats return to action today when they travel to Division I Wisconsin-Green Bay for a road dual meet.

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