Marquette hockey rolls past Negaunee

NEGAUNEE — The Marquette hockey team picked up a dominant 9-1 victory Thursday night over Negaunee, breaking the game open with four goals in the second period. Cole Ranta and Evan Kroll both had hat tricks for the Redmen.

“I thought we started slowly in the 1st period,” Marquette head coach Doug Garrow said. “However, part of that was their goalie (Ryan Kerkela) played well. We seemed to have a little more intensity in the second and third periods, and capitalized on our chances. We were playing without five players in the lineup due to injury & illness, but I thought the rest of the team stepped up and played really well, which is a testament to our depth up and down the lineup.”

Marquette (19-3) got on the scoreboard with 15:32 remaining in the first period on Ranta’s first goal with Cooper Anderson getting the assist. That 1-0 lead carried over in the second period.

In the second, Anderson scored with 13:07 left with Ranta earning the assist and then Ethan Phillips pushed the Redmen’s lead to 3-0 with 8:11 remaining. Those assists were given to Andrew Fedrizzi and Colin Nemacheck. Less than two minutes later, Marquette went up by four on a tally by Kroll with assists going to Ansel Frost and Phillips, and Ranta capped off the scoring in the period with his second goal of the night. Anderson and Dylan King got the assists on the goal.

The Redmen kept rolling in the third period, scoring two goals just 18 seconds apart. Dylan Baldwin made it 6-0 Marquette with 13:47 left and Kroll pushed the advantage to 7-0 with 13:29 remaining. Hogan Nemetz and Jacob Garrow assisted Baldwin’s tally, while Phillips notched the assist for Kroll’s goal.

Negaunee got on the board with 12:12 left on Jack Mattias’ goal with the assist going to Hunter Perry, but Marquette wasn’t shaken. Ranta completed his hat trick on a power play goal with 9:16 left and Anderson got the assist. Later, Kroll picked up his third goal with 7:08 remaining with Phillips getting the assist.

Redmen goalie Brennan Hakkola finished with 11 saves, while Kerkela had 51 saves for the Miners.