5 Redmen honored after impressive season

State semifinalist Marquette hockey team has pair of all-state Second Team honorees

Marquette's Sean O'Connor skates in the clear against Trenton in their MHSAA Division 2 tournament semifinal game played on Thursday, March 7, 2019, at the USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth. (Timothy Arrick photo)

MARQUETTE — Five Marquette Senior High School hockey players from the Redmen’s MHSAA Division 2 semifinalists were named all-state by the Michigan High School Hockey Coaches Association recently.

Top honors went to a pair of seniors — goaltender Tyler Bergwall and forward Sean O’Connor earned Division 2 Second Team status at their respective positions.

The other three honorees made D-2 honorable mention lists at their positions — senior defenseman Kobie Guidebeck, senior forward Tanner Phillips and junior forward Gaetanno Cammarata.

Three of those five earned Great Lakes Hockey Conference honors several weeks earlier, including Cammarata on the Second Team and Bergwall and O’Connor as honorable mentions.

Interestingly, senior captain Thomas Dunleavy was a GLHC Second Team defenseman but didn’t make this all-state list.

In Division 2, there were 41 forwards, 19 defensemen, nine goalies and a coach named all-state.

From Trenton, the team that defeated Marquette 4-0 in the semifinals, three forwards, a defenseman and a goalie were honored, the exact same breakdown the Redmen had.

And state champion Hartland, which knocked off Trenton by the same 4-0 score in the finals on March 9, had two forwards, two defensemen and a goalie honored.

From the Upper Peninsula, Escanaba had one player named in Division 2 — Grant Wickham as an honorable mention forward.

Calumet had six players honored in Division 3 — forwards Brent Loukus and Sam Erkkila on the First Team, forward Tanner Rowe and defenseman Josh Vandenburg on the Second Team, and defenseman Cam Kauppinen and goalie Alex Studebaker under honorable mention.

Houghton had five in D-3, forward Brendan Erickson and defenseman Kevin Bostwick on the First Team, defenseman Justin Norkol and goalie Jimmy Pietila on the Second Team and forward PJ Donnelly on honorable mention.

And Hancock had a Second Teamer with forward Austin Salani.

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