Marquette Legion hockey falls to Tampa in pool play

By Journal Sports Staff

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The Marquette Legion Post 44 Bantam AA U14 hockey team played in its second game of pool play at the USA Hockey Nationals in South Bend, Indiana on Friday afternoon.

Despite taking a 4-3 lead into the third period, the Junior Wildcats were unable to hang on, falling 6-4 to the Tampa Scorpions Black team at the Ice Box Skating Rink.

Marquette took a 3-2 lead after one period, scoring the first two goals of the contest which came at the hands of Dylan King and Jackson Potulny. Cole Ranta and Ethan Phillips assisted on the King tally, while Potulny was assisted by King and Matthew Johnson.

After Tampa made the score 2-1, Legion again made it a two-goal game on a tally from Brayden Grange. Drew Dellies and Joseph Demattia assisted on the goal, which came at 8:11 of the first.

Tampa struck even just 56 seconds into the second period on a goal from Sebastian Vogt before Marquette re-took the lead on an Allen Bottari power play goal, assisted by Potulny and Grange to make it 4-3.

That was all the offense Marquette was able to generate as Tampa had three goals in the third to pull away for the win. The first came on the power play, the second at even strength and the third a shorthanded empty-netter.

Marquette outshot Tampa 28-18 in the contest with Legion goaltender Liam Beerman stopping 13 out of 18. Tampa netminder Ethan Leigh stopped 24 of 28 Marquette shots.

Both teams struck on the power play twice.

After the second day of pool play, the “USA” pool in Division 3A is deadlocked as all four teams, Marquette, Tampa, North Jersey and Mt. Lebanon have three points apiece with one win and one loss each.

Pool play wraps up today, with Marquette facing Mt. Lebanon at noon at the Compton Family Ice Arena.

The top two teams in each pool will advance to the bracket round, which begins on Sunday.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Writer Ryan Spitza. His email address is