Redmen icers pepper Negaunee in 8-0 victory

MARQUETTE — The Marquette Senior High School hockey team needed about a period to rebuild the momentum its lost in a blowout loss at Houghton last week.

With the loss snapping a 16-game unbeaten streak, the Redmen regrouped on Tuesday, rolling up 47 shots over the final two periods to defeat Negaunee 8-0 at Lakeview Arena.

“It was our Senior Night, and I think when you have seniors out there, it’s a motivational game for them,” MSHS coach Doug Garrow said. “Negaunee came out and played well, but once we got our legs under us and got a few goals, momentum just built for us.”

He said it probably didn’t help that the Miners suffered an 11-0 loss the previous night at Calumet.

The Redmen (18-4-2) scored just once in the first period on a shot by senior Sean O’Connor and assisted by junior Gaetanno Cammarata.

Marquette took 12 shots on the goal in the opener before adding 22 in the second and 25 in the third, which was stopped with 2:37 left when senior Tanner Phillips made it an eight-goal game with an unassisted shorthanded tally.

Negaunee senior goalie Nolan Corwin kept the game going almost a regulation 51 minutes as he piled up 51 saves to just nine for Redmen sophomore netminder Brennen Hakkola. Seven of the Miners’ shots came in the opening period and none in the second.

O’Connor made it 2-0 just over five minutes into the second period with another Cammarata assist before goals just 1:18 apart late in the period by junior Ryan Baldwin and senior Kobie Guidebeck made it a four-goal bulge.

Four more goals snuck in during the third by junior Hogan Nemetz, sophomore Ansel Frost, Cammarata and Phillips. O’Connor picked up assists on Frost and Cammarata’s tallies, as did Frost on Cammarata’s.

Marquette ends its regular season at Calumet on Thursday.

Both of Tuesday’s combatants open MHSAA Division 2 play at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Negaunee hosts Escanaba while the Redmen play at Kingsford.

Those winners meet in Marquette or Kingsford at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28, for the regional championship.

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