Team Copper Country breezes to state Midget 18-under AA Tier 2 hockey title in Marquette

Team Copper Country's Samuel Erkkila, front, and the Michigan Ice Hawks Louie Sboukis skate during the Midget 18-under AA Tier 2 state championship game at Lakeview Arena in Marquette on Sunday afternoon. (Journal photo by Corey Kelly)

MARQUETTE — After outscoring its three opponents 29-2 in pool play on Friday and Saturday, Team Copper Country breezed through the semifinals and championship game of the state Midget 18-under AA Tier 2 tournament to take the title at Lakeview Arena on Sunday.

Team Copper Country, which included Marquette Senior High School player Joe Phillips, downed the Oakland Junior Grizzlies 4-1 in the semifinals Sunday morning before dispatching the Detroit-area Michigan Ice Hawks 5-0 that afternoon.

The Ice Hawks were the only other team to reach the semifinal round with an unblemished record after winning Pool A. Team CC was 3-0 in Pool B on Friday and Saturday.

Team CC consisted mostly of players from the Houghton, Hancock and Calumet high school programs with Phillips and several Kingsford High players included.

The team played before and after the high school season, which lasts from November through early March.

Team CC advances to the national Midget 18U AA Tier 2 tournament to be held in Green Bay, Wisconsin, from April 5-9.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is