Marquette Redmen hockey team overpowers Escanaba, 5-2
WELLS — The Escanaba Eskymos hockey team couldn’t match Marquette’s power play production here Saturday as they lost 5-2.
Methodically working the puck around the perimeter, the Redmen cashed in on 3 of 6 man-advantage opportunities in this Great Lakes Conference matchup. Esky was 0 of 6 on its power play.
The Redmen took advantage of its first two power play chances with sophomore forward Jacob Garrow scoring from the slot 7:56 in and junior forward Joseph Luke hitting the second goal from the left faceoff circle.
“We have some guys who can move the puck,” Marquette coach Doug Garrow said. “Although Esky didn’t pressure us too much on the perimeter … they do a good job blocking shots. I like the way we’re playing right now, only we’ve got to find a way to get closer to the net. We have some skill out there.”
The Eskymos responded quickly in the second stanza. Senior forward Spencer Bourdeau cut Esky’s deficit in half just 12 seconds into the period and sophomore forward Sawyer LaMarch tied the score from the doorstep at 1:33.
The Redmen (2-1 overall and GLC) needed just 81 seconds to regain the lead on sophomore forward Ethan Phillips’ shot from the low slot.
Marquette extended its lead to 4-2 on junior forward Drew Dellies’ shot from the right circle for its third power-play tally at 15 minutes of the second.
Dellies added his second goal from the right circle on a one-timer from the right circle just six seconds after Marquette’s fifth power-play chance.
The Redmen outshot Esky 34-16. Esky junior goaltender Dylan Ziemke stopped 29 shots and Marquette senior Brennan Hakkola had 14 saves.
“We’re just thankful to have a chance to play,” Coach Garrow said. “It’s a short season, but it’s better than no season at all. I’m just glad our seniors are finally getting a chance to have a season.”
Freshman forward Jackson Potulny collected three assists for the Redmen.