Marquette Senior High School hockey team scores fast and furious in 11-3 thumping at Escanaba

ESCANABA — Like an Upper Peninsula lake-effect snowstorm, the goals came quickly for the Marquette Senior High School hockey team.

Then they disappeared for awhile during the Redmen’s game at Escanaba on Tuesday night, only to reappear a bit later.

In the end, MSHS posted an 11-3 mercy rule-shortened victory in the teams’ only scheduled game against each other this season.

Marquette evened its record at 2-2 as eight Redmen scored goals and seven had multi-point nights.

This crazy game of offense was scoreless for the first eight minutes before MSHS caught fire as a half-dozen Redmen scored goals by the first intermission.

Jacob Garrow scored two of the goals, with one each netted by teammates Caleb Fries, Ethan Phillips, Colin Nemacheck, Adam Heikkila and CJ Carter.

Carter also had three assists in that flurry, while Heikkila and Nash Riipi each had two.

“I thought we played our best period of the year in the first and got rewarded with seven goals,” MSHS head coach Doug Garrow said in an email. “However, Escanaba rebounded … and made a game of it for most of the second.”

The home team took very little time trying to get back in the game as the Eskymos’ Cale Carter and Brayden Martineau each scored less than a minute into the middle period. Sawyer LaMarch had an assist on each of those goals.

While the scoring slowed down after that, Escanaba also got the next goal with 6:01 left in the second on Carter’s second goal of the night.

That melted Marquette’s lead down to 7-3.

“I thought a key goal was our goal in the second period, which gaves us momentum heading into the third period,” Garrow said.

That goal came with 1:21 left in the period and was Riipi’s first goal of the night and assisted by Garrow and Joe DeMattia. That was already Garrow’s fourth point of the game.

“In the third period, our focus was on the defensive part of the game,” Garrow said, “and by concentrating on defense, we were rewarded with three goals and the game ended with 3:41 left in the period.”

Leading 8-3 entering the third, the Redmen scored the trio of goals just 3:33 apart to invoke the eight-goal rule.

Phillips started the second scoring parade with 7:14 left by converting on a penalty shot after he was taken down on a breakaway. DeMattia scored 31 seconds later and was assisted by Jace Moore, while Carter ended the game just over three minutes after that on a goal assisted by Riipi for Riipi’s fourth point of the night.

In the end, Carter finished with five points, Heikkila had three and Fries, Phillips and DeMattia had two apiece.

In goal, MSHS’ Parker Nevenhoven made 18 saves, including 11 in the first period, while Esky’s Cully Hayes had 32 stops.

Marquette puts its traveling skates on for its second downstate trip in two weeks as the Redmen play at Saginaw Heritage at 7 p.m. Friday and at Midland Dow at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

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


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