Marquette shuts out Kingsford 7-0
MARQUETTE — When the Marquette and Kingsford varsity hockey teams first squared off at Mountain View Ice Arena in Iron Mountain back on Dec. 19, it was a tight 3-1 decision that went in favor of the Redmen.
The two sides met for the second time this season at Lakeview Arena on Tuesday night, but this time, the score wasn’t as close.
MSHS hit twine seven times to pick up a 7-0 home victory over the Flivvers and improve to 13-3 on the season. The Redmen snapped a four-game winning streak for Kingsford, and have now won eight of their last nine games as the team prepares for the stretch run of the regular season slate.
The Redmen had four players achieve a multi-point game with defensemen Evan Kroll and Jacob Peterson each tallying two goals apiece. Fellow defenseman Owen Riipi and forward Gaetano Cammarata each added two assists as well.
It was also the fourth shutout of the year for Marquette with junior goaltender Brennan Hakkola earning the goose egg, notching 10 saves in the victory.
MSHS head coach Doug Garrow said his team simply had more puck luck than the first meeting with Kingsford, also noting the play of Flivvers senior netminder Evan Hedtke, who stopped 36 of 43 Marquette attempts in a strong losing effort.
“Anytime you play down in Kingsford, it’s a hard building to play in,” he said. “They’ve got a good goalie. Down there I think we outshot them like we did (tonight), it’s just (tonight) we got a few more bounces and we played better as the game went on.
“The first period was probably our weakest period, but as the game went on I thought we started to play with more tempo and more speed. We started moving our feet and moving the puck more.”
The Flivvers fell to 8-8 overall after their four-game run came to a screeching halt. Kingsford head coach Greg Wadge said the effort was there, but set plays and shot totals need improvement.
“We had good effort and the kids were working hard to start the game off,” he said. “We’ve got to continue to work hard and we’ve got to start using a little more of our plays and what we work on in practice.
“We didn’t see any of that, we couldn’t set anything up and we couldn’t set the power play up. We just need to work harder at beating them to the puck. We’re getting beat to the puck too much. They’re obviously taking too many quality shots on net while we’re not getting enough shots on their goalie. That seems to be a recurring theme this year: shots on net.”
MSHS outshot the Flivvers 43-10 with Kingsford sitting at just eight shots entering the third period. Kingsford also had four power play chances throughout the game but were unable to capitalize, going 0 for 4 on the man advantage.