Hockey: Marquette Legion advances to Bantam AA national semis

Youth Hockey

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — All good things must come to an end.

That was the case for the Marquette American Legion Post 44 Bantam AA U14 hockey team, falling 3-2 to Canton, NY, at the Compton Family Ice Arena in the USA Hockey Nationals Division 3A semifinal Sunday.

Marquette finished the season with an overall record of 58-7-2, with a state title to boot. Kingsford’s Henry McRoberts is a defenseman.

Two of Canton’s three goals came on the power play with five opportunities, while Marquette went 0 for 1 on the man advantage.

Earlier in the day, Marquette earned a 7-3 win over the Texas Tigers (Dallas) in the quarterfinal round. Marquette had six different goal scorers in the contest.

The Junior Wildcats jumped out to an early lead and held on late to earn a 2-1 victory over the Mount Lebanon (Penn.) Hornets in USA pool play Saturday. Marquette finished first in its pool.

They opened up pool play with a 4-2 victory over the North Jersey Avalanche.

Redding, Petoskey

in girls tournament

AMHERST, NY — Iron Mountain’s Colleen Redding and the Petoskey Northmen dropped three games in the USA Hockey Girls Tier II national tournament.

The 19U team, comprised of UP and northern Lower Peninsula girls, bowed to top-seeded South Dakota, 6-4; Concord, NH, 5-2; and Rochester, NY, 5-4.

Northmen trailed South Dakota 5-4 late in the third period until the final goal came on an empty net.

Redding is a defenseman for the team affectionally called “The Misfits,” who held just two full practices for the entire season.

“They proved that they could compete,” said Chris Redding, Colleen’s mother. “It was an incredible experience put on by USA Hockey.”