Negaunee Iron Range youth hockey team wins Midget 18-under BB state championship

Negaunee’s Neal Violetta, left, collides with the Michigan Ice Hawks’ Frank King as he tries to clear the zone during the championship game of the Midget 18-under BB youth hockey state finals tournament held at the Negaunee Ice Arena on Sunday evening. (Photo courtesy Daryl T. Jarvinen)

NEGAUNEE — After being dominant throughout its first four games, the Negaunee-based Iron Range team had just enough left to pull out a 4-3 victory on Sunday night over the Michigan Ice Hawks in the championship game of the Michigan Amateur Hockey Association’s Midget 18-under BB youth hockey state finals tournament held at the Negaunee Ice Arena.

A Marquette team didn’t fare quite as well at the 16U B state finals tourney held at Lakeview Arena in Marquette, while a second Marquette team couldn’t advance past pool play in the Bantam 14U AA Tier 2 state finals held in the Detroit area.

Here is a roundup of action from each event:

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Iron Range wins it all

The Iron Rangers outscored their three opponents 26-2 in pool play on Friday and Saturday, then seemed to easily dispatch the St. Ignace Saints 5-1 in a tourney semifinal played Sunday afternoon.

But meeting up with the only other undefeated team made for a classic matchup in the finals. It was reported that Eric Hurst scored the game-winning goal in the third period.

The Detroit-area Ice Hawks outscored their pool opponents 18-7 and defeated the Tawas Blackhawks 4-2 in their semi, so Negaunee knew it would face its stiffest test in the finals.

Other details weren’t available on the Iron Range’s Sunday games.

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Marquette 16U runners-up

Marquette Main Street Pizza-Bjork & Zhulkie insured its passage to the semifinals with a pair of Saturday wins, then defeated the champion of the other pool on Sunday morning, the Detroit-area Metro Junior Jets, with a 5-2 victory.

In the finals, the Westland Blazers defeated Marquette 4-0. Like Marquette, Westland compiled a 2-1 pool record.

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American Legion finishes 1-2

At the Bantam 14U AA Tier 2 tourney, American Legion Post 44 of Marquette went 1-2 despite finishing with a positive goal differential.

Legion lost to the Traverse City Northstars 3-2 on Friday evening before losing to the Troy Sting 2-1 on Saturday morning.

The Marquette team bounced back for a 6-0 win over Motor City Machine in its final game Saturday night.

The Troy Sting won its pool with a 3-0 record and reached the championship before falling to the Chelsea Chiefs Gold 7-2 on Sunday evening.

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