Samppala nets game-tying goal for MSHS late in regulation

By Journal Sports Staff

MARQUETTE — Elliot Samppala slapped home a rebound with 46 seconds left in regulation to help lift Marquette to a 2-2 overtime tie with Warren De La Salle Collegiate in a high school hockey game played at Lakeview Arena in Marquette on Saturday afternoon.

Already on a power play, the Redmen had pulled junior goalie Dylan Sibilsky for an extra attacker, giving them a 6-on-4 advantage when the tie was forged.

The teams then played to a scoreless draw in the eight-minute OT to leave Marquette at 3-3-1, a day after they defeated the suburban Detroit team 1-0 late in OT.

Samppala’s goal encouraged MSHS coach Doug Garrow after it was reported the Redmen had been 1 for 25 with the man advantage entering the game.

“Our power play was not doing very well, that was obvious,” Garrow said. “We’ve tried to simplify it, emphasizing putting the puck on net and getting traffic in front.”

In the second period, Marquette had another power-play goal waved off, though De La Salle also had two goals disallowed.

Warren took a 2-0 lead on goals by Ollie Bezick midway through the second and Josh Glinski with around 10 minutes left in the third.

Marquette began its comeback four minutes falling behind 2-0 when Ethan Jones returned a rebound from the high slot past Warren goalie Brandon Compton. Samppala and Tanner Phillips, who also assisted on Samppala goal, got assists on Jones’ tally.

MSHS goalie Dylan Sibilsky was busy early, stopping 24 shots total in the first two periods and seven more in OT to finish with 36 saves.

Compton turned away 27 of Marquette’s 29 shots, including 11 in the second, 10 in the third and three in OT.

Marquette is back in action on Thursday at Hancock.

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

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